Tours & Things to Do
More info about Gordon’s Bay
Gordon’s Bay is a beautiful seaside village in a spectacular position on the slopes of Helderberg Mountains overlooking False Bay. It is a small harbour town near the Strand with exquisite beaches.The old village of the town developed around the harbour and new modern houses have been built up the slopes of the Hottentot Holland mountains.
Gordon’s Bay has panoramic views over False Bay, and the view extends across the bay to Table Mountain in Cape Town. The 18000 ha Kogelberg Nature Reserve on the mountains behind Gordon’s Bay is one of the Cape’s most beautiful Nature Reserves and the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
It is part of the Helderberg area, along with Somerset West, Strand and Sir Lowry’s Pass.
Gordon’s Bay is a perfect choice for a Cape destination, as it is near the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek. Stellenbosch and Hermanus, as well as being a place with a stunning scenic situation with gorgeous sea views.
The climate is mediterranean, with dry warm summers. Winters are moderate though chilly in the evenings.
Golf and Exclusive Tours:
At Gordons Bay Guest House, we love golf and the environment around! Our location ensures we are literally within 40 minutes drive of around 13 world class golf courses including the famous and breathtakingly scenic, Erinvale and Arabella courses. We offer exclusive personalised tours to a whole range of courses for up to 7 people in our guesthouse mini-bus.
The area is also home to Southern Africa’s finest world class golf driving ranges some 10 minutes drive from the Guest House. Strand Golf Club is also 10 minute drive away and provides majestic view of the Helderberg/Hottentot Holland Mountains.
At Gordon’s Bay Guest House, we pride ourselves on our personal one-one service. With this in mind we are able to offer a range of personalised tours to the many sights and attractions of the Western Cape, ranging from Table Mountain to Robben Island; the glorious Winelands; Hermanus, Clarence Drive, Stoney Point (penguins) and the fruit region of Grabouw/ Worcester/ Franschoek/ Paarl/ Stellenbosch/ Somerset or Blaauberg Strand and the Northern Coast to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; Boulders Beach; Cape Point; Camps Bay; Hout Bay; V&A Waterfront and many many more… the choice is yours or should you wish we will do our best to guide you!
Whatever your individual need, here at Gordon’s Bay Guest House we will endeavour to create a unique package and ensure your stay with us is a memorable one. Just contact us and we will organise the rest.
Things to Do:
Gordon’s Bay has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Cape. There are 2 main beaches for you to choose from. With pure white sand, shallow sea, and rock pools, it is a perfect place for you to take children paddling and swimming. Bikini beach near the old harbour is a tiny beach with Blue Flag status.The serene turquoise sea here is unique, with transparent clear water, due to the sheltered bay. It is safe for swimming, canoeing, surfing, fishing and kayaking.
The quaint small boat harbour in the old village is used for fishing and the maintenance of boats and yachts. The Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club, a Sea Rescue Institute Station and a SA Navy Base are stationed here.
The protected kogelberg Nature Reserve is pristine and wild, and South Africa’s first biosphere reserve. ou can choose from adventure activities like skydiving, hiking, mountain biking and there are bontebok as well as rich birdlife.There are several hiking trails through the mountains with breathtaking views.
The Crystal Springs Hike follows the stream through a gully between the mountains with many crystal clear pools.
The Helderberg Nature Reserve, only 30 minutes away, is a 400ha wild flower garden with species of mountain fynbos only found here and also has hiking trails.
The scenic drive along Clarence Drive on the R44 from Gordon’s Bay to Pringle Bay is one of the most beautiful coastal drives in South Africa, with the enormous expanse of ocean on one side and the towering mountains with the nature reserves and fynbos on the other side, There are several view sites along the road. It is also part of the whale route, with a penguin colony and baboons.
Steenbras Dam provides the water supply for the town and is above Gordon’s bay in the Hottentot Holland mountains. There are are picnic sites here overlooking False bay with spectacular views.
Monkey Town has 40 species of monkeys and chimpanzees, and more amusements for children.
The Helderberg Wine Route has over 30 wine estates. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are not far, about 40 minutes away.
The National Treasures of Cape Dutch architecture can be visited at Vergelegen and Lourensford Estates also on the wine route.
One of the most famous excursions in the province is Cape Point Nature Reserve a scenic hours drive away. This area is part of Table Mountain National Park.
The unmistakable site of Table Mountain entices visitors with its gentle or challenging, mountain walks – for the more restful or discerning visitor, the awesome cable car ride awaits.
The Naval port of Simons Town situated around hour away from Gordons Bay is a quaint coastal town famous for its colonial Cape Dutch architecture as well as being home to Boulders Beach and the Jackass penguins which can also be viewed at Stoney Point around “Betty’s Bay”.
The botanical gardens in Kirstenbosch, around 25 minutes away, is home to an excess of 13,000 varying types of fynbos and plays host to a number of concerts in the Summer.
The Southern Right, Brede and Minke Whales can be seen along the coast road (Clarence Drive) en route to Hermanus during the months August – November.
Located behind Gordons Bay Guesthouse in the “Hottentot Holland” mountains is a national park and Steenbras Dam offering breathtaking views across False Bay and beyond. There is a plethora of flora, fauna and wildlife in the area.
Gordons Bay has a unique feature in that it possesses both an old and a new harbour with a yacht-club and numerous restaurants & pubs.
Numerous water sport activities are also available including deep sea fishing, shark cage diving, sailing, canoeing etc or one can take just a gentle sunset cruise.
Without question, one of the World’s most unforgettable and breathtaking drives is right here in Gordons Bay along Clarence Drive, the start of the Garden Route. The winding, rocky coastal road from Gordons Bay to Hermanus is a must! En route, you can stop off at nearby Stoney Point and witness the hundreds of breeding Jackass penguins and rock dassies.
Where To Eat
There are many restaurants, pubs and bars on the main road. The Strand is 10kms away, also with many beachfront restaurants. Gordon’s bay is spoilt for choice. Among them are Da Brasserie, Antonio’s Pizza Place on the harbour island and the Garden Kitchen at the Mountain Streams Nursery. There are also internationally famous restaurants on the Wineland Route.
Gordon’s Bay is only 50 kms from Cape Town on the N2, and only 30 minutes from the Cape Town International Airport.
We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa… the World’s most fascinating destination! A World in One Country!