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.
Unpretentious and just far enough off-the-beaten-track to retain its pristine natural beauty – Gouritsmond is the perfect coastal hideaway from the world. With the beach and river mouth forming the focal point of the town, it’s a great spot to indulge in all sorts of water-based activities – fishing, boating, rubber ducking, surfing and swimming all being popular pastimes among holidaymakers and locals alike. 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 Gourikwa Private Nature Reserve has a diverse offering of 4×4 adventure drives; fishing and mountain bike routes. Gourikwa also offers excellent accommodation for the adventure seeker.
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.
- Part of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve
- Population: 515
- Can you find the story of the dog Gourits?
Explorer’s Garden Route
Telephone: +27 (0)28 713 8000
Police: +27 (0)28 735 8040
Doctor: +27 (0)28 735 1942
Not to miss
- Whale watching (Jul – Nov)
- Hiking and flora trails
- Small game-viewing
- 4×4 & quad bike trails
- Sea cruises & water skiing
- Deep-sea fishing
- Kayaking & canoeing
- Gourikwa Private Nature Reserve
- Eco Marine Lodge
- Oyster Catcher Trail
- Municipal Camping & Caravan Facilities