Helderberg Basin

The Helderberg area is made up of Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay and are in close proximity to each other.

Somerset West



What started as a cattle post in 1672 and during the 1800’s names Somerset West after Lord Charles Henry Somerset,  Somerset West has grown into an amazing and versatile town.

Surrounded by the Hottentots-Holland Mountains and the fauna and flaura of the Helderberg Nature Reserve, Somerset West is a picturesque town that has many famous landmarks. It has a little bit of everything to be able to entice people of all different ages and walk of life. For the nature lovers there is the Helderberg Nature Reserve with its wonderful hikes, for the wine lovers  there are many vineyards with Vergelegen Wine Farm as well as Lourensford Estate that boast wines of international calibre. For the golf lovers there two golf courses, one being Erinvale Golf Course which has seen the likes of Ernie Else and many international golf players. There are farmers markets on weekends and for those that like to shop, the Somerset Mall contains many shops with interesting goodies.

Somerset West is also an area made up of many families and there are many events and places aimed at children and parents. With its wide range of excellent schools, the Helderberg Basin has had many awards awarded to children in schools here.



Strand is a town which is divided from Somerset West by the N2 and boasts a fantastic beach which always has someone walking on its shores, regardless of the weather. It is also a popular family destination and summer holidays have children bouncing in the cool waters with parents chasing after them. There are also a nice collection of restaurants that over looks the beach and is fabulous for Sunset Drinks.


Gordon’s Bay


This town is next door to Strand and has a lovely beach called Bikini Beach which is quite popular with the teenagers and younger generations. It boasts mouth watering restaurants selling the day’s freshest fish.