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Gordon's Bay

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Excellent Fishing

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Scenic Clarence Drive

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Gordon's Bay Harbour

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Sunset View over Gordons Bay

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Harbour Island

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View of Gordons Bay from Strand Beach

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About Gordons Bay, Strand and Somerset West

Situated at the foot of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, the harbour town of Gordons Bay offers an idyllic summer playground with its Mediterranean type climate.


Although winters are known to bring occasional storms, these are short lived and replaced by sundrenched days. Temperatures vary from an average 18°c in the winter months to 30°c during the summer months.


Gordon's Bay is one of our most picturesque seaside towns in the Western Cape with a magnificent mountain range framing the bustling coastal town. Interesting restaurants, coffee shops, curio- and speciality shops dot the busy main road which runs along the coastline. Take a sunset cruise from the harbour on a fine day and savour the beauty of False Bay as you sail into the sunset.




Gordon's Bay offers safe swimming and excellent tanning for sun worshippers. Bikini Beach was recently awarded international Blue Flag status for its consistently pristine conditions. Picnic areas are available for great family fun and rockpools will keep the young entertained for hours on end.


Things To Do

  • Coffee Shops
  • Curio Shops
  • Fishing Charters
  • Golf
    - Erinvale Golf Course
    - Strand Golf Course
    - Somerset West Golf Course
    - De Zalse Golf Course
    - Pearl Valley Golf Course
    - Arabella Country Estate Golf Course
  • Hiking Trails
  • Hottentots Holland Trail, Helderberg Nature Reserve, Mayor's Trail and Betty's Bay Nature Reserve.
  • Restaurants
  • Scenic Drives
    A leisurely drive from Gordon's Bay along the spectacular mountainside coastline to Betty's Bay - Clarence Drive, Kleinmond and Hermanus. Drive through Cape Fynbos, one of the six floral kingdoms of the world with its diversity of Protea species and over 380 bird species.
  • Sailing
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Whale watching (in season)
    From the comfort of your very own apartment you can watch the whales at play in the bay.
  • Wine Routes

No visit is complete without a visit to the nearby wine routes of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl.


Drive Time To

  • Cape Town - 40 minutes
  • Franschoek/Paarl - 50 minutes
  • Stellenbosch Wine Route - 35 minutes
  • Hermanus - 45 minutes (stunning coastal drive)



Established in 1714, neighbouring Strand has grown into a thriving business centre and holiday desination. Just 15 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 30 minutes from the city by car. Excellent entertainment venues, restaurants and beaches.


The Great Outdoors

  • Beaches
    The The beach stretches 5km along Melk Bay, with minigolf, a waterslide on the beachfront and two tidal pools.
  • Surfing and Swimming
    Surfing and swimming are favourite pastimes, while the coastline offers excellent fishing and diving opportunities.
  • Bird walk Along the Lourens River.


  • All watersports
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Tennis (Boland championships are played here)
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Bowls
  • Hiking trails
  • Strand Pavilion
    A magnificent holiday resort next to a covered, heated, Olympic-size swimming pool.
    Tel 27 (0) 21 853 2725.

Somerset West


Named after Lord Charles Somerset in 1819, Somerset West is a bustling commercial and residential town at the foot of the magnificent Hottentots Holland Mountains, which retains its village atmosphere.


Major Attractions

  • Country Craft Market
    150 stalls of high quality, hand-crafted goods have become the friendly gathering place of discerning treasure seekers. Sept-May.
    Tel 27 (0) 21 852 6608.
  • National Monuments
  • The old bridge over the Lourens River built in 1845
  • Nederduitse Gereformeerde Church built in 1820 where 'Onze Jan' Hofmeyr and other prominent South Africans are buried
  • Police station, magistrate's offices, coachman's cottage and the Ou Pastorie
  • Vergelegen Estate Wine tasting, cellar tours and sales are on offer at the magnificent homestead and farm built by Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1700 with 300-year-old camphor trees. The remaining trees have been declared national monuments. Lunch in the Lady Phillips Tea Garden before strolling the famous rose and herb gardens.
    Tel 27 (0) 21 847 1334

The Great Outdoors

  • Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary
    Lower Victoria Street. Popular with birdlovers because of its wide variety of water birds.
  • Helderberg Nature Reserve
    The beautiful reserve on the edge of town is a nature lovers' and hikers' paradise famous for its protea species and rich birdlife. Picnic under 100-year-old oak trees or lunch at the Duck Inn.
    Tel 27 (0) 21 851 6982 or 851 4022


  • Three golf courses
  • Bowls
  • Croquet
  • Horseriding
  • Tennis


Don't Miss Out On

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Beaches
  • Coffee Shops
  • Craft Markets
  • Curio Shops
  • Fishing Charters
  • Golf 
  • Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Nature Reserves
  • Restaurants
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Whale Watching
  • Wine Tasting & Tours

Thank you so much for everything, We saw the seals, (...)

Fred and Sue