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SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GORDON'S BAY

It seems that most of the blog posts so far have been about all kinds of other places but not Gordon's Bay!  This seems rather remiss but it's never too late to find out about your own backyard.

Gordon's Bay is named after the Dutch explorer, Robert Jacob Gordon (1743-1795).  Strang...

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It seems that most of the blog posts so far have been about all kinds of other places but not Gordon's Bay!  This seems rather remiss but it's never too late to find out about your own backyard.

Gordon's Bay is named after the Dutch explorer, Robert Jacob Gordon (1743-1795).  Strange name for somebody Dutch but he was of Scottish descent, so the name is easily explained.  He was obviously rather a clever man and spent a lot of time in the Western Cape studying the area and its flora and fauna.  You will find a whole book about him here in our reception area.

Gordon's Bay is the smallest of three towns in the Helderberg region, so named after the Helderberg Mountain, which is part of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains.  You can take a hike up this mountain if you go to the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West.

Gordon's Bay was originally named "Fish Hoek" many years before the town on the other side of False Bay which is currently named Fish Hoek was founded.  Evidence of this can be seen on the outside wall of our local Post Office.

The older part of Gordon's Bay is host to the South African Navy's Naval College, an officer training centre located just five minutes' walk from Berg en Zee.  Above the harbour on the mountainside is a giant anchor and the letters "GB".  Many think that this stands for Gordon's Bay, but in fact it stands for General Botha - the original name of the naval station in the town.

The Steenbras Dam, Cape Town's primary supply of drinking water, is located on the mountain above the town.

Author: Jackie
Date: 23 Jun 2011
Tags : Gordons Bay,Gordon's Bay,Gordon's Bay accommodation,Gordons Bay accommodation



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