Gordon’s Bay is a picturesque cove in False Bay, framed by the Hottentots-Holland Mountains. It is named for Captain Robert Gordon, an officer of the Dutch East India Company, who explored the area in 1718. The village lies some 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town and is 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport.
Adventure And Sport
Abseiling, paragliding: Kamikaze Canyon allows pool jumps from 6 to 30 m high as well as abseiling down the 60-m Thunderfall Waterfall. Permits may be obtained from Helderberg Municipality, Helderberg Tourism Bureau, Gordon’s Bay Tourism or from the Civic Centre in Cape Town. Paragliders launch themselves from the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass.
Bikini Beach: The narrow sheltered Bikini Beach is popular with sunbathers and swimmers. An evening stroll along the harbour wall offers colourful sights of the yachts and boats moored in the harbour.
Gordon’s Bay Harbour: The harbour hosts numerous angling competitions, regattas and other yachting events. The harbour wall and the stretch of coastline along Gordon’s Bay are ideal places from which to fish. Pleasure charter trips also depart from the harbour and the seafood restaurant is well worth a visit.
Hiking: The Cannon and Wagon-wheel Hiking Trail starts opposite the Steenbras Dam entrance on Sir Lowry’s Pass and is an easy 20-minute walk. A permit is needed to explore this trail.
Hiking: The 7-km Danie Miller Hiking Trail starts at the top of Aurora Drive and ends just past the Gordon’s Bay anchor sign.
Hiking: The Steenbras River Valley Trail is a 5-km walk from Gordon’s Bay on the coastal road. A permit is needed for this trail.
Water-sport: Gordon’s Bay Main Beach is ideal for water-sports and paddle-skis are available for hire. One of the best surfing beaches is in Kogelbay.
Fauna And Flora
Sir Lowry’s Pass: The drive over Sir Lowry’s Pass – the summit of which is a popular launching spot for paragliders – brings one to the wonderfully lush deciduous fruit-growing regions of Grabouw and Elgin. This pass is one of the best-known passes in South Africa and offers some of the most magnificent views in the country.
Scenic Drive: Follow the scenic drive to the coastal resorts of Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond and Hermanus. Drive slowly so that you do not miss any of the scenery.
Steenbras Dam: The water scheme used to supply water for the Cape Peninsula consists of two large dams lying in a valley in the Hottentots-Holland Mountains above Gordon’s Bay. From here, there are magnificent views of the Helderberg Basin and the Cape Peninsula. On clear days one can see as far as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Bird life is plentiful and includes flocks of Egyptian geese. Some rudimentary accommodation facilities have been built around the dam and trout-fishing is allowed once a permit has been obtained.
South African Naval College: On the eastern side of the bay lies the South African Naval College, which is responsible for the education, training and development of all candidate officers (midshipmen) in the South African Navy. The College, in Beach Road, is a restricted military area but visits can be arranged through the Public Relations Officer.