Clarence Drive
Gordons Bay to Kleinmond

1. Bettysbaai

Betty's Bay se Hoof Strand

Betty’s Bay in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated 96 km from Cape Town on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. Nestled at the foot of Kogelberg Mountains, Betty’s Bay is a very small seaside village in an area referred to as the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom and has remained unspoilt and isolated. Locals visit here during the flowering season, October to February, to witness the beautiful kaleidoscope of colours from the varied flowers in the famous Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. The reserve is covered with pretty laid-out paths and hillside trails with Leopards Gorge offering a more advanced trail. Stony Point is home to one of…

2. Gordonsbaai

Gordons Bay in the Western Cape of South Africa is a picturesque harbor town situated 50 km from Cape Town just off the N2 highway. Nestled at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and overlooking False Bay, this old town was built around the harbour and Bikini Beach.  Bikini Beach is a very popular blue flag beach, especially with the students from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University nearby. In peak season you will find this beach full of activity with students playing volleyball, surfing, sun tanning and enjoying the many coffee shops, restaurants and bars along the promenade. The main beach of Gordons Bay is more to the taste of families as the water is…

3. Kleinmond

Strand en strandmeer ontspanning gebied in Kleinmond

The quaint coastal town of Kleinmond, meaning “small mouth”, received its name from its location at the small mouth of the Bot River Lagoon, about an hours’ drive from Cape Town. Set within the unique Koegelberg Biosphere Reserve, Kleinmond is a peaceful little village endowed with some of the coast’s most natural beauty. The Reserve supports over 1600 species of fynbos, 150 of which are endemic to Kleinmond and it also features three areas of ancient indigenous forest which provides nature lovers with numerous secluded mountain biking, hiking and walking trails. Kleinmond has become a popular choice for holiday makers looking for an escape in nature. The town also boasts a blue…

4. Pringle Bay

 Pringlebaai verwelkom jou

Whales, Penguins, Surfing & Beach Picnics Pringle Bay, a charming seaside village, can be found only an hour outside Cape Town along South Africa’s famous Whale Route. It is situated at the foot of the Hangklip Mountain and a fair distance from the main coastal road, the R44 , ensuring that the town is beautifully secluded and unspoilt. Pringle Bay is an interesting mix of both young and old, South African and foreign residents, but one thing is for certain, the village is jealously guarded by its residents. The reason is that the little seaside village lies within the natural beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere, South Africa’s only reserve to be proclaimed by UNESCO,…

5. Rooiels

 Huise wat die gebied komplimenteer

Rooi Els in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated approximately 80 km from Cape Town on the scenic R44ocean drive. The first little seaside village after leaving Gordons Bay, Rooi Els shares this area of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve with its neighbours Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. It is the smallest of these towns and the roads are untarred and narrow with no street lights. The residential part of the town is located along the shore with small beach cottages and larger beachside manors. This sleepy village is surrounded on three sides by water and to the east is the Rooi Els estuary leading into the ocean which has a lovely beach for walking, swimming and…

6. Somerset-Wes

 Uitsig oor die Strand en Gordonsbaai vanaf Silverboom Kloofweg in Somerset West

Somerset West is perfectly situated on the slopes of the Helderberg in the Hottentots Holland area and only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town along the N2. The town of Somerset West is a popular residential area for people working in Cape Town as it continues to maintain a village atmosphere while thriving as the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin. The town is only 20 km’s from Stellenbosch and is only a 35 minute drive to Paarl, Franschoek and Wellington therefore providing a central base for tourists visiting the Winelands Region. Somerset West is itself home to the very popular Vergelegen Wine Farm, with its elegant 18th Century Cape Dutch Style Farmhouse,…

7. Strand

The Strand is a popular resort town situated at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, only 40 minutes from Cape Town. The town forms part of the picturesque Helderberg Basin along with Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay. Strand, meaning “Beach” in Afrikaans, is the ideal family venue with plenty of fun and safe outdoor attractions and activities for young and old. As its name indicates though, the Strand’s main attraction is the beach. The white sandy beach stretches for 5 km and has the reputation of being the safest swimming beach in the country. The beach is pet friendly, just remember to bring your pooches on their leash and stick to the designated areas. Life guards are…