The "Republic" of Hout Bay

Hout Bay is on the other side of Cape Town South Africa. You drive over Table Mountain to get there, away from The Waterfront and away from the Southern Suburbs, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Gordons Bay.

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A Brief History

"When the Dutch established a colony in Table Bay in 1652, they required a great quantity of good timber for building and other purposes. There were no large forests in the immediate vicinity of the settlement, mainly because the rainfall was not high enough but it was soon apparent that the colonists would be able to get the wood they needed in the wetter valley that lay on the other side of a low pass (called Constantia Nek) between the southern end of Table Mountain and Constantiaberg. The area was originally made up of two farms, which were slowly subdivided to make way for urban expansion."

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We go to this town when we would like to take a scenic drive. As you leave the town you can go over a pass called Chapmans Peak. This is a very beautiful road and one of the routes of the Cape Argus Cycling Tour.

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The 'Cape Argus' is one of the most famous cycling tours in the world. Many people from all over come to cycle 105 km around the Cape Peninsula, taking in the breathtaking views.

I've done 'the Argus' once and I can say two things about it, one, that you should train for it at least week before the time, and two, the journey is spectacular.

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