The Western Cape region of the Cape Helderberg hugs the False Bay coastline and has the majestic Hottentots Holland and Helderberg mountain ranges as an impressive backdrop.

The towns of Strand, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West, and Macassar are all incorporated into this region of wine, beach, and mountains. Only 45 minutes to an hour outside of Cape Town, the N2 highway passes through this area as it heads towards the Garden Route. Turn off that main road and spend some time exploring this picturesque region.

  • Pack the umbrella and the sunscreen for a day on one of the Helderberg beaches and let the children splash around the rock pools
  • Easy two-hour guided walks in the lower garden of the Helderberg Nature Reserve take place on the last Sunday of the month
  • Lourensford Wine Estate hosts a vibrant and entertaining market on Friday evenings and Sunday daytime

The Helderberg Wine Route produces some very special wines with its interesting climate combination of both sea and mountain. A wide range of wine-making methods are used, so tasting opportunities are varied and plentiful. Vergelegen, Lourensford, and Morgenster Estates are all extremely popular, but there are another 20 to 30 excellent estates offering much more than a simple tasting.

Gordon's Bay and Strand both have beautiful beach areas, whether for swimming, tanning, or surfing. The water is about 3 to 4 degrees warmer than the Atlantic Seaboard so slightly more comfortable on the extremities when the waves hit. Bikini Beach in Gordon's Bay has blue flag status while Kogel Bay, around the corner, has some interesting caves and is popular for surfing.

Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West has abundant birdlife and beautiful picnic spots. Guided hikes and walks are on offer and all of these are graded in terms of height and exertion to make it easier to select the type of activity you prefer.

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