Gordons Bay - Explore the Heart of the Cape
Gordon's Bay - close to Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Hermanus – your stay to taste, shop and explore the beauty of the Cape. Central to all major attractions in the Helderberg region, Overberg region, Elgin Valley and the Wine Lands.
Only 30 minutes from Cape Town Airport you will find our Guest House situated on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains with a distant view over Gordon’s Bay and the ocean.
You are within one hour from all the major attractions that the Cape has to offer. Whatever is on your bucket list for an ideal holiday around Cape Town, you can tick it from here.
From our guest house, there are three routes to explore, outdoor activities and a number of fine restaurants, breweries and wine farms. You have to taste a culture to understand it! It is not about things to do around Gordon’s Bay but how much time you have?
Gordon's Bay, ideal seaside holiday destination!
Before we guide you to all the beauty around Gordon's Bay, let's tell you something about what we call Gorgeous Bay. Nestled on the sea shore at the base of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, Gordon’s Bay is a sunny north-facing village enjoying the warmer waters of False Bay. It has an authentic, relaxing South African atmosphere, where so close to the Mother City, away from the hustle and bustle of traffic of Cape Town City.
With its white sandy beaches lined with quaint seaside restaurants or shady milkwood trees, Gordon's Bay has a Gorgeous Bay!. The gentle shallow water warmed by the sun is a delight for you to suntan and swim or for youngsters to safely play in rock pools.
Bikini Beach, awarded Blue flag status for cleanliness and safety, is next to the picturesque Gordon’s Bay Harbor where luxury yachts rock lazily. Perhaps unique in Africa, Gordon’s Bay boasts two harbors’ – the other being Blue Flag-rated Harbor Island Marina where large cruisers and other sea craft are safely moored offering a delightful setting for seaside dining and sipping the excellent local wines.
Sea temperature in summer often reaches 22 °C (72 °F) in False Bay due to the strong south easter wind blowing the warm Agulhas into False Bay. Whereas on the Atlantic beaches (in the City of Cape Town) the same wind pulls the warm surface water away from the coast, and this is replaced by very cold water from great depths, usually 6 - 14 °C (45 - 57 °F - light pink area), also known as "upwelled" water, which is rich in nutrients and usually clear and blue. This is also why temperatures are higher at this side of Table Mountain.
Gordon's Bay curves around the seafront and reaches up high against the mountain backing against the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Our sunsets are spectacular and to be admired from our guest house! We have a new painting every day!
Read more on the website of Gordon's Bay.
From our guest house, there are three routes to explore, outdoor activities and a number of fine restaurants, breweries and wine farms. You have to taste a culture to understand it!
It is not about things to do around Gordon’s Bay but how much time you have?
Explore the Heart of the Cape via the Whale Route, the Helderberg Wine Route and the Waves Route.
- Gordon’s Bay - Danie Miller Hike
No surprise. We just start in Gordon’s Bay. This hike in Gordon’s Bay is one of our little secrets. It is only about a 1km hike and it will take your breath away with magnificent view over False Bay and its surroundings and you might spot a whale in the season.
- Steenbras Lookout Point
Alternatively to the Danie Miller hike, you can drive to this lookout point. Unspoiled views over False Bay and great to watch whales in the season, if you are lucky.
- Whale Lookout Point at Monica Miles Walk
Start of the Whale Route. You can walk from or to Gordon’s Bay from this point to spot whales. There is sufficient parking space and benches to watch whales, or dolphins.
- Whale Route from Gordon’s Bay via scenic Clarence Drive to Hermanus
One the most beautiful scenic drives in the Western Cape with on one side the beauty of the West Cape flora of the Steenbras Nature Reserve and Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and the ocean on the other side.
- Natural Pools, dip in the pool with water falls at the Steenbras River Walk
Short hike which brings you to a natural pool and waterfall.
- Dappat se Gat, a sandy beach like on post cards
A huge white sandy beach you only spot in movies. Watch the surfers taming the huge waves!
- Sparks Bay Tidal Pool on Clarence Drive
A coastal haven and “known as one of the country’s best and most tranquil whale-watching and braai spots”.
- Klipspringer Hiking Trail
Unspoiled hike in the Steenbras Nature Reserve.
- Penguins in Stoney Point / Betty’s Bay
Compared with Boulders Beach (Simons Town), which is very pretty but touristy whereas Stony Point is a much more natural setting and more penguins.
- Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Kleinmond, discover the Leopard Walk
The Garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools. Experience the Leopards Kloof Trail, a photo moment in the making.
- Palmiet River Hike and swim in the pools
Main entrance for three hikes where this four hour walk is one that should not be missed. The trail follows the river where swimming is possible in some of the first few pools.
- Kleinmond and Hermanus
Kleinmond is the last little village you will find on you way to Hermanus. Hermanus famous for whale watching and Gansbaai for shark cage diving.
- Elgin Valley
Elgin Valley, UNESCO protected Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and is very much geared for life in the outdoors and part of the four passes (fruit) route.
- Sir Lowry’s Pass lookout point
Just before you arrive at our guest house, the lookout point close to the Steenbras Dam with marvellous views over False Bay.
You can do this route by car within three hours but to explore all the points of interest, you can also spend a day. Need more time to see everything, go half way and return to Gordon’s Bay and start from the other side of this route.
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