The Helderberg valley in the Western Cape Province of South Africa is enclosed by the breath-taking Helderberg mountain range and the sandy beaches of False Bay and the Indian Ocean. Situated only 50km from Cape Town and 30km from Cape Town International Airport the region includes the towns of Somerset West, Strand, Gordon’s Bay, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Kuils River, Lwandle and Macassar.
The Hottentots Holland mountain range dominates the landscape with picturesque vineyards, scenic coastlines, beautiful golf courses, and of course, its world renowned wine, fruit and gastronomic experiences.
The area provides easy access to popular tourist destinations such as Hermanus and Stellenbosch, as well as many other Western Cape tourist attractions.
Culture & Heritage
The Helderberg region is home to many National Monuments and historic places of interest ranging from the Lourens River Bridge, a national monument since 1958, to the ancient Camphor Trees of Vergelegen and tours of Kayelitsha township.
Any sports lover will be thrilled with the extensive variety of activities on offer in this region. From hiking to hang-gliding and surfing to abseiling, everyone is catered for. In particular some noteworthy activities include: golf, water sports, quad-biking and horse riding.
There are several nature reserves which spread across the mountain ranges and form part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This unique flora and fauna is home to over 169 bird species and an extensive variety of animal species. In addition to hiking trails through these scenic reserves, the area is also renowned for its excellent whale watching between July and September.
Food & Drink
The list of outstanding vineyards and restaurants along the Helderberg Wine Route is virtually endless. Explore for yourself and experience some of the best wines and gourmet delights in the country.
Shopping enthusiasts will not be disappointed. Somerset Mall, 5 minutes away, is one of the largest malls in the Cape and will satisfy most desires. If you’d like something less commercial, explore the arts and crafts amongst the 200 stalls of the nearby Country Craft Market on Saturday mornings.
Amateur theatre, live music, drinking and dancing are catered for by a number of local bars, restaurants and café’s.
More information is available from your hosts, Maarten and Janine, or on the following websites: