|Gordon's Bay |
Here are my top five places to visit in Gordon's Bay:
|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
|Go for a swim |
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
|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.
n 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 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.