Gouritsmond

About Gouritsmond

Unpretentious and just far enough off-the-beaten-track to retain its pristine natural beauty. Gouritsmond is the ideal coastal holiday hideaway from the world, with the beach and river mouth forming the focal point of the town. Gourits (as commonly called by the locals) is a great spot to indulge in all sorts of water activities – fishing; rubber ducking; surfing and swimming. The town of Gouritsmond is a fishing Mecca – well known amongst camping communities – and also home to a diverse selection of fauna and flora, with 4 distinct diversities being found in the town. 

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Gouritsmond
12:26 pm, May 30, 2024
temperature icon 22°C
few clouds
Humidity 44 %
Wind 40 Km/h
Wind Gust: 54 Km/h
Sunrise: 7:28 am
Sunset: 5:30 pm

Emergency Numbers

Police:
+27 (0)28 735 8040
Ambulance:
10177
Doctor:
+27 (0)28 735 1942
Fire & Rescue:
+27 (0)28 713 2222

Don't Miss Out

  • Whale Watching (June – November)
  • Small game-viewing
  • Sea cruises
  • Water ski-ing
  • River Kayaking & canoeing
  • Gourikwa Nature Reserve
  • Oyster Catcher Trail
  • Gouritsmond Municipal Camping & Caravan Resort 
  • Wedding venues
  • Koffie Stories Coffee Shop 
  • Bite Me Restaurant
  • Gourits Commonage Walking Trails 

Unpretentious and just far enough off-the-beaten-track to retain its pristine natural beauty – Gouritsmond is the perfect coastal hideaway from the world. The daily rhythm features a range of water sports, relaxing on the beach, deep sea fishing adventures, angling, coastal walking routes and then retiring to friendly home-away-from-home hospitality. Apart from this, there are also a number of hiking trails taking you along the coastline and through fynbos vegetation. Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered Black Oyster Catcher as well as Cape Plover. Gouritsmond is well known amongst the camping community as a fishing Mecca!

The Gouritsmond Camping and Caravan Resort is the ideal facility for travellers and groups looking for off-the-beaten-track camping grounds as it offers clean ablution facilities, well-maintained grounds and electrical points. 

The Gourikwa Nature Reserve has a diverse offering of 4×4 adventure drives; fishing, Putt-Putt, hiking trails and mountain bike routes. Gourikwa also offers excellent accommodation for the adventure seeker. 

In the summer season, the Gourits Fishing Charters is arguably the busiest of all fishing charters along the Garden Route as they offer a wealth a knowledge and very reliable vessels. Fishing can also be done from the rocks as Gouritsmond is a fishing mecca. 

The town of Gouritsmond is also an excellent destination for birdwatching, with over 240 bird species being spotted in and around already. 

The world renowned Oyster Catcher Trail from Mossel Bay to Gourikwa Nature Reserve is highly recommended for nature lovers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. The trail also crossed the Gourits River, which makes the hike a most memorable experience. 

This town has developed a marvellous reputation as coastal wedding destination within the Garden Route, with fairytale-like venues including Casa da Baleia and the Gouritz Valley Wedding Venue being top facilities. The Casa da Baleia offers couples a spectacular ocean view Chapel, which creates a whimsical setting, leaving guests breathless. The Gouritz Valley Wedding Venue can accommodate up to 160 guests inside and another 50 – 80 guests on the front deck. The venue is directly linked to a Cape Dutch Farm house where the bride’s close family & bridesmaids can stay. The open-air forest chapel has a carefully designed wrought iron frame to create a romantic outdoor atmosphere for the wedding guests and wedding party.

Gouritsmond Commonage is a walking trail network partly on board walks, taking visitors through five different biomes – saltmarsh, coastal strandveld, dune thicket, transitional fynbos and Protea fynbos. At least 14 endangered plant species and one red data species and the endangered butterfly (Poecilmitis brooksi teari) have been identified in the area, which is home to many species of birds, insects and reptiles.

The Gouritsmond Tidal Pool is a great feature for children and a highly recommended experience for the warmer months. The Gourits River is a local natural wonder as it meanders through the valley and meets the Indian Ocean at the river mouth. This river is a popular location for fishing, boat skiing and canoeing. 

The coastline of Gouritsmond yields ideal conditions for surfing and Whale Watching, especially during June to November. The gravel road network along the coast is also ideal for outdoor adventurers as it connects Gouritsmond with Melkoutfontein, Stilbaai, Jongensfontein, Vermaaklikheid and Witsand. The town also connects with the iconic Mossel Bay region via Vleesbaai. 

The addition of traveller services like Koffie Stories Coffee ShopDie Mond Restaurant, Bite Me RestaurantLaventelbos, Fishermans Post Holiday Flats, Gouritz Valley Venue and Gourits Self-Catering Units makes Gouritsmond a top holiday destination. 

The town of Gouritsmond is also the hosting venue for the annual Gourits Hond Wedloop / Gourits Dog Run, taking place in December. 

The tourist experience options are simple and unhurried each and every day – just the right antidote for stressful modern living and families looking for wholesome fun! 

Farmers started moving into the Gouritz River area as early as 1730 in search of greener pastures for their flocks. By 1900 most of the land surrounding the river mouth was privately owned, apart from a small piece of land on the western side of the river. Originally known as ‘The Fisheries’, due to the large number of fish – especially kabeljou – being caught here, this piece of land then gave birth to what we know as Gouritsmond today. The town was established in 1915 with the name changing from The Fisheries, to Gouritzriviermond and finally Gouritsmond between 1915 and 1966. Up until 1983 when the tar road was built, the only access to the town was via a gravel road with 25 gates that had to be opened and closed.