The meaning of Hout bay is Wood Bay, a town situated in the valley on the Atlantic Seaboard. A very relaxed community with the bay and harbour as their main attraction but not forgetting the world of birds which is a lovely treat for the family.
In 1652 the Dutch established a colony in Table Bay which required large amounts of good timber for construction, shipbuilding etc. The closest wettest area offering a forest at the time was found on the other side of the low pass now known as Constantia Nek. Hout bay provided exactly what they needed and soon became home to more than the original two farms which eventually were subdivided for urban expansion.
Hout Bay has managed to keep a significant part of their rural atmosphere with more than 12000 residences inhabited by a population of around 42000 people.