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Gordon's Bay drive is one of Cape Towns scenic wonders and is possibly only rivalled by Chapmans Peak drive. Skirting the base of the Hottentot's-Holland mountains, it traverses the north eastern corner of the False Bay coastline.

This stretch of coastline is also a good vantage point for whale spotting as the Southern Right whales make their appearance every year around September/October. Several fynbos endemic bird species can also be spotted here.

You can make use of the many pullover points to stop and photograph. This is a very unpredictable stretch of coastline and if you venture close to the sea be sure never to turn your back to the ocean as rogue waves are a common occurrence along this stretch of coastline.


Best Time to Photograph
This is a great spot to photograph in the late afternoon sun and after sunset.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Birds
  • Seascape
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
Shoot the picturesque north-eastern corner of False Bay, with the Hottentot's-Holland Mountains for a dramatic landscapes.
Watch the weather, storms and clouds in the sky add drama to the images.
Recommended Gear
Tripod and cable release for landscapes.
Polarising filter
ND grad filters
Lens cloth to wipe off salt spray


Site Highlights
Dramatic seascapes
Whale sightings
Endemic Fynbos plants and birds


Season and Weather
This is an all year round spot, but winters provide pre and post frontal conditions that create dramatic skies.
Other Activities
Bird Watching


Closest Town
Getting There
Take the R44 out of Gordon's Bay, along the coast. There are many pull over, view points along this scenic drive to choose from. Beware of oncoming traffic and blind corners when trying to decide where to turn off.
Gordon's Bay Drive (R44)


Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.