Gouritsmond is a small village at the mouth of the Gourits River, situated between Mossel Bay and Still Bay on the picturesque Garden Route of the Southern Cape, South Africa. With its moderate climate it is suitable for holidays throughout the year. Gouritsmond's beach has Blue Flag status, an international award given to beaches that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. (Visit the Blue Flag website for more information)
Heppie-Nes (a pun on Happiness/Happy Nest) is a double storey family beach house at Gouritsmond and belongs to Francois and Isabel Joubert. It has a panoramic view of the bay, the beach and the river mouth. The beach is less than 50 meters from the house. The spacious, open plan house can accommodate 10 people (6 adults and 4 children). Linen and towels are not provided. The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge, freezer, stove, microwave, cutlery, crockery, etc. The two bathrooms have been completely renovated and a separate shower has been installed. The laundry has a fully automatic washing machine. The TV in the living area has a DStv satellite decoder (extra cost). Outdoor barbecue facilities with patio table and chairs are available. No pets are allowed.
Although our village is quite small, it has it's own supermarket, restaurant, pizza den, library, church, ATM, tidal pool, laundry, medical services, petrol station, etc.
Gouritsmond, formerly known as The Fisheries, is renowned for the good catches of fish, especially kabeljou. The three largest kabeljou ever caught were landed here. In 2004 a kabeljou weighing 50kg was caught in the river, and the previous year one of 62kg. Access to the river for fishing boats as well as ski-boats is via a launching site. Fishing charters for the river or deep sea are available on request. The rugged coastline offers numerous ideal spots for shore angling, snorkel diving and spear fishing.
The kilometer long beach is ideal for swimming, surfing, sun tanning or just strolling to the river mouth. Various species of fynbos (indigenous shrubs unique to the Cape, including the famous Protea-family), kiewiete (Cape plover), the endangered black oyster catcher and many more can be admired. If you are fond of hiking, you will enjoy the unique coastal walking trail from Mossel Bay (through Gouritsmond) to Rein's Nature Reserve. For the nature lover a visit to Rein's (only 18 km from Gouritsmond) will be an unforgettable experience. (Ancient Khoi San fish traps, ostrich touch farm, guided mountain biking, star gazing, snorkeling, rubber ducking, etc.).
But there is more to enjoy in the vicinity. Just outside Albertinia you will find the Aloe Ferox factory, famous for it's skin ointments and medicines. On your way to Mossel Bay you can stop at the Gourits River bridge, location of South Africa's oldest bungy jump (no longer in use). From there you can go to Mossel Bay for a boat trip around Seal Island, or a visit to the famous Post Tree, the maritime museum or the shell museum. You can try your luck at one of the casinos or enjoy a game of golf. For the more adventurous a ride on the back of an ostrich at Oudtshoorn will get the adrenaline pumping. And while your'e there why not visit the famous Cango Caves with it's fascinating stalactites and stalagmites? George, Wilderness and Knysna are also places not to be missed. They are amongst the most beautiful in the whole of South Africa. (Gouritsmond to Mossel Bay: 48 km; to Oudtshoorn: 129 km; to George International Airport: 83 km; to Knysna: 147 km).