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About Helderberg

The Helderberg: Somerset West , Gordons BayStrand

Whether you are a resident of the Helderberg area, or just a visitor, every time you see the False Bay from either Sir Lowry’s Pass or from the R44 approaching from Stellenbosch you will be left breathless.

Between the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains and the False Bay coastline on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, lie the three little towns that comprise the Heldeberg. Somerset WestGordon’s Bay and Strand are all three world renowned destinations, each with their own personality and attractions. Together they capture an interesting mix of everything you will find in a big city as well as a small coastal vacation destination.
The Helderberg is a great destination in its own right, with great beaches and a village atmosphere wherever you go, and it is the perfect base from which to explore all of nearby Cape Town’s splendours.

The Heldeberg - Somerset West, Gordons Bay and Strand

Getting to the Heldeberg Towns

Somerset West lies between the foothills of the Helderberg mountain range and the N2.
Strand lies between the N2 and the ocean, about 45km’s from Cape Town.
Gordon’s Bay lies along the R44 route, leading from Strand towards Hermanus.

Where to Stay in the Helderberg

There is a huge variety of accommodation in the Helderberg to suit every style and pocket ranging from camping, backpackers lodges and self catering accommodation to Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels and luxury accommodation that will make your toes curl.


The Cape coastal climate in and around Cape Town is very Mediterranean, with maximum temperatures usually peaking at around 30′ celsius from December to March and dropping to an average of 18′  celsius from May to September.

In the summer months weather it is usually dry, with the occasional windy day. Spring and Autumn are both mild and balmy during the day and evenings.  Winters are mild and often rainy, though temperatures rarely dip below 10′c; there is no shortage of beautiful sunny days during the winter months.

Click here for a local weather report from Wunderground or see our Wind Guru report for Strand and a link to the South African hydrographic office for tidal info.

What to Do in the Helderberg

Strand Beach, Helderberg, Western Cape

For many years Strand and Gordon’s Bay have been choice vacation destinations, and the first thing you think about is relaxing on the beach.  Strand is most famous for it’s 5km stretch of white sandy beach where you can enjoy a wide variety of water sports.  Kite Surfing is becoming more and more popular in the area and very often the skies are filled with brightly coloured kites.

There are various well known surf spots along the Strand beach and Strand even boasts with its own Surf School – Son Surf.

On Strand beach by the Life Saver Station, you will find Strand Waterworld which is a Waterslide and Fun Park for the whole family, with various rides and facilities to make a day at the beach a day to remember.

Strand Beach, Helderberg - near Cape Town

On the eastern side of the Strand Pavillion is the Strand Municipal Pool which is heated during winter and used all year round.  This section of the beach is also most famous for its fishing spots and the fact that dogs are allowed on the beach here.

Gordons Bay Beach - Main Beach, in the Helderberg, near Cape Town

Gordon’s Bay beaches are protected in the corner of False Bay at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. When you are on Gordon’s Bay’s main breach you can easily imagine yourself being somewhere in the French Riviera as the beach and the water have the same calm quality.  This proves to be a fantastic beach for families and small children.  During season Gordon’s Bay can get pretty busy, but there is ample parking at the main beach.

Bikini Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and is sheltered by the Gordon’s Bay Harbour wall, making this a fantastic beach even when the wind is blowing.

There are various Scuba Diving options in the Helderberg to help you explore the marine life of the along the False Bay coast.

Nothing beats that cool ocean breeze at the end of a hot summers day

There are many great sundowner watering holes as well as many fantastic restaurantsand  local shopping has a wide variety of beautiful hand made arts and crafts, art and sculpture, unusual clothing and much more – to suit every taste and pocket.

There are 3 excellent golf courses in the Helderberg, including Erinvale Golf Course which was designed by Gary Player. There are many other activities on offer like hiking, Mountain Bike Trails,  Bird Watching, and various family activities like having a picnic at the Helderberg Nature Reserve.

Whether you are an adrenaline junky or just simply want to relax with your family, there is something  for everybody in the Helderberg..

The Helderberg Wine Route makes for a fantastic Day Trip and you will be pleasantly surprised by the variation of Restaurants and activities available on the Wine Estates in the area.

Blue Rock, Heldeberg

For those who are a little more adventurous, a day at Blue Rock Adventure Park where you can enjoy Scuba Diving, Cable Water Ski, Wakeboard, Kneeboard, brave the 400m fufi slide or go for an outride on the Enduro track.  Afterwards you can relax and revive at the Cafe.

A visit to Monkey Town will thrill the kids endlessly.

Bring your family and come enjoy everything the Helderberg has to offer..

You will simply fall in  love with the village lifestyle in the Helderberg..