The Sentinel, Hout Bay

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The Sentinel
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The Sentinel
Highest point
Elevation 331 m (1,086 ft)
Listing List of mountains in South Africa
Coordinates 34°03′33″S 18°20′12″E / 34.059081°S 18.336578°E / -34.059081; 18.336578Coordinates: 34°03′33″S 18°20′12″E / 34.059081°S 18.336578°E / -34.059081; 18.336578
The Sentinel is located in South Africa
The Sentinel
The Sentinel

The Sentinel or Hangberg is a peak marking the western end of the mouth of Hout Bay in South Africa. It has a shear cliff dropping towards the sea, and a coastal hiking path is accessible at low tide. It is adjacent to Hout Bay Harbour and the Hangberg settlement, and to the higher Karbonkelberg peak. Just offshore to the south is a colony of Cape fur seals known as Seal Island, and a big wave surf spot known as "Dungeons", which has hosted the Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition.[1]

Possible sale[edit]

The mountain has been privately owned since 1901. In 2008, the mountain was advertised for sale by G&R Marine Services CC, who purchased it in 2003.[2] The potential sale led to protests by the local Hangberg community. The land is zoned rural, which in theory would allow a single dwelling to be built, but it is surrounded by national park land, and SANParks, which wishes to see the peak incorporated into the Table Mountain National Park, indicated that it would not allow an access road under any circumstances.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Dungeons". Encyclopedia of Surfing.
  2. ^ Melanie Gosling (15 December 2008). "Hout Bay's iconic Sentinel peak up for sale". IOL.
  3. ^ "Hout Bay Sentinel: More facts emerge". Property24. 29 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Hout Bay's Sentinel Mountain still for sale But where are the buyers?". Moneyweb. 25 May 2010.