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Top 5 Places to visit in Gordon's Bay, Cape Town

Gordon's Bay harbour.
Are you planning a trip to Cape Town, South Africa and wonder whether Gordon's Bay is worth a visit?  I would definitely recommend at least a couple of days in Gordon's Bay since there are so many things to entertain the visitor.  This small seaside town with its beautiful harbour just 25 km from Cape Town,  is a scenic paradise and a visit will never be forgotten. It is also the ideal place to visit if you have small children.

Here are my top five places to visit in Gordon's Bay:

Bikini Beach

View of False Bay from Bikini Beach.
Although there are many  other better beaches around Cape Town to visit, Bikini Beach has Blue Flag status, meaning it is safe and clean to swim (an international quality award).  The water is also a bit warmer than the other beaches around Cape Town. The scenic view of False Bay alone makes this a must visit beach.

Go for a swim at Pringle Bay.
Drive to Betty's Bay to watch the African Penguins

If you really want to experience the beauty of Cape Town, the scenic drive on the R44 to Betty's Bay (about 30 km from Gordon's Bay) will take your breath away.  You will have unspoiled views of the False Bay area and the sight of the turquoise water is overwhelming.  You can watch the African Penguins at Betty's Bay or stop at Pringle Bay for a quick swim in the ocean.  See also my post on Betty's Bay AfricanPenguins.

Monkey Town

Monkeys at Monkey Town.
Monkey Town, a monkey sanctuary in Somerset West is an interesting nearby excursion.  It currently is home to more than 270 rescued and adopted monkeys and was founded in 2000.   Apart from visiting the monkeys, there is also a picnic and recreational area with water slides and rock swimming pool, a pub and a restaurant.

 Mooinooi Farm Stall

On the R44 en route to Stellenbosch from Somerset West, is the Mooinooi Farm Stall where fresh strawberries can be picked per basket (only in season starting in November).  The stall is surrounded by scenic mountains and vineyards and also boasts an  interesting strawberry airplane exhibition.   You can buy fresh made South African products in the shop and eat at the restaurant.
Pick some strawberries at the Mooinooi Farm Stall.


View of False Bay while driving on the R44 from Gordon's Bay to 
Betty's Bay.


Betty's Bay African Penguins.

Stellenbosch and Wine Farms

A day trip to Stellenbosch and surrounding wine farms is another favourite of mine.  There are several wine farms en route to Stellenbosch on the R44.  I  recommend a stop at Blaauwklippen vineyards which is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa.  Stellenbosch is best known for its student life (because of the Stellenbosch University) and Cape Dutch style houses.  See also my post on the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West.

If you are keen on doing your own thing while visiting Cape Town, I would suggest to rather stay in self-catering accommodation and not a hotel.  The wheretostay  site provides reliable self-catering accommodation and is highly recommended.


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