Helderberg Western Cape South Africa

Gordon's Bay Accommodation Strand Accommodation Somerset West Accommodation
In a shallow valley between the Hottentots-Holland and Helderberg (Clear Mountain) mountain ranges lie the towns of Gordon's Bay, Lwandle, Macassar, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West and Strand. Collectively they are known as the Helderberg.

Nature-lovers will feel right at home in the beautiful Helderberg Nature Reserve, which stretches up the slopes of the magnificent Helderberg Mountain, offering walks and views of the Helderberg.

The Helderberg Wine Route includes the largest private port producer in the world. Most of the estates offer wine tastings and all of them sell direct to the public. Vergelegen, one of the Cape's historical landmarks, is a must for visitors to the area. Historians and archaeologists have excavated its slave quarters for insights into 18th century Cape life.

Somerset West has an historical air which adds to its character and charm. Oak trees and thatched cottages, historical buildings and national monuments combine with the presence of a bustling, close-knit community to give the town a pleasant, comforting aura.

Strand is situated on the shores of False Bay, at the foot of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, only 48 km from Cape Town. The town is a popular holiday resort with a mild and invigorating climate. The sheltered waters of False Bay at its famous 5km stretch of beach, earning the town a reputation for safe bathing, boating and surfing. Fishing and watersports are popular pastimes.

Gordon's Bay is home to the South African Naval College and its sheltered harbour plays host to numerous regattas and other yachting and angling events. This town combines the flavour of an international resort with the charm of and old-style coastal town.