65 Boundary Road / Grens Weg, Gordons Bay, Western Cape
Gordon’s Bay is the real ‘Heart of the Cape’ an undiscovered gem that is very central to all the attractions of the Western Cape, being only 40 minutes from central Cape Town, and 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.
Gordon’s Bay and its near neighbours, Somerset West and Strand, are popular holiday resorts and centres for both South African and international visitors, boasting safe, long white beaches and warm waters, outstanding scenery, world class wine estates, championship golf courses, whale watching in the Bay and gourmet restaurants.
Gordon’s Bay started life as a fishing village and is unique in South Africa in that it has two harbours: The Old Harbour is still filled with fishing boats as well as yachts and speedboats. Canoeing on the Bay is a popular pastime and sea cruises are available. Harbour Island is the newer Yacht Marina and berths many up-market yachts and speedboats that can be seen from close quarters from the many restaurants, bars and cafes that line this newer harbour - a touch of the French Riviera in South Africa.
The sandy beaches are excellent for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing off the rocks and for water-sports enthusiasts. The main beach at Gordon’s bay is a wide curve of white sand that slopes very gently, making it possible to wade out in the warm, usually calm clear water. There is also a grassed picnic area here. Once around the corner of the bay there is a winding stretch of milkwood trees offering shady places to sit, and the beach narrows here giving way to a large rock outcrop with a number of rock pools. There is also a lovely paved walk under the milkwood trees, a lovely stroll round to the main beach. Across the road from the main beach there are a wide selection of restaurants, café’s, bars and other village shops.
Beyond the Old Harbour is the renowned ‘Blue Flag’ Bikini Beach, a small sparkle of sand. It slopes more sharply than the main beach, but is safe for swimming, and there is a lifeguard in attendance in the summer months. It is a more sheltered beach with sunbathers opting to spread out against the breakwater. Facilities include a jetty and a launch ramp as well as changing rooms and toilets.
Whale and dolphin watching is a feature of this beautiful area. Gordon’s Bay is the start of the Whale Route and Marine Drive follows the coastal route to Hermanus, some 45 minutes from Gordon’s Bay. With its steep cliffs and lovely coves, Marine Drive has been recognised as one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world and offers spectacular views across the Bay towards Table Mountain, while being an ideal drive for whale and dolphin watching during the season. There is also a penguin colony in Betty’s Bay, en route, less than 30 minutes away, and the Harold Porter Gardens, also in Betty’s Bay offer a unique and miniature alternative to the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.
The Bay Drive round the coastline towards Cape Point, (about a one hour drive from Gordon’s Bay) is unparalleled in terms of its beauty. Discover cosy restaurants and antiques in Kalk Bay, visit the historic Naval town of Simonstown, the penguins at Boulders and on to the majestic Cape Point.
Gordon’s Bay is also an ideal centre for visiting many of the major wine estates of the Western Cape. The Helderberg Wine Route, boasting over 25 estates, large and small, including the historic Vergelegen Wine Estate and the award winning Waterkloof Wine Estate, commences just a stone’s throw from Highcliffe House in Gordon’s Bay. The beautiful university town of Stellenbosch is less than 30 minutes drive with its plethora of wine estates and outstanding restaurants.
The Three Passes Drive will take you through spectacular scenery and three mountain passes to Franschhoek, known as the Gourmet capital of South Africa. This attractive and historic town is set in a valley of outstanding beauty. The wonderful wine estates and world class restaurants make it an essential part of your holiday in Gordon’s Bay.
For the more active there are five superb championship golf courses close to Gordon’s Bay, including Erinvale, Somerset West Country Club, Strand Golf Course, Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch Golf Club, and a little further is Pearl Valley Golf Estate in Paarl and Arabella Golf Estate near Hermanus.
Horse riding is popular pastime in the area. There is a selection of hiking trails for the walking enthusiast, and for those who want to shop, Somerset Mall is just 10 minutes away, a very large shopping centre which also includes coffee shops, restaurants and eight cinemas.
Now you know a little bit more about the area and why Gordon’s Bay and Highcliffe House should be your first holiday choice. Peace & tranquility, spectacular sunsets over the Bay, no traffic jams, a friendly atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, the warmest waters in the Western Cape, the best beaches, food and drink for everyone’s taste, outstanding scenery, and a wonderful climate, all makes for a secret paradise that is unique in the world.