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On old maps dating back to the early days of the Cape Colony, our little bay is variously referred to as “Visser’s Baay” ( 1673), “ de Vishoek” (1676) and “ Combuys” – evidence that it was known as a place where fresh water, fish and game could be found. Subsequently it was also called Vishoek, Vissershoek and Fish Hoek. We don’t know exactly when the name Gordon’s Bay was finally settled upon, but we do know that the name Gordon commemorates Robert Jacob Gordon, the Commandant of the Dutch troops at the Capefrom 1777 – 1795. He was a remarkable man with an enquiring mind and wide interests.

Although of Scottish descent, Robert Gordon’s allegiance was with the Netherlands. He joined the Dutch Light Dragoons as a cadet in 1753 and enrolled at the University of Harderwijkin 1759, where he studied in the humanities and proved to be of exceptional intelligence and diverse interests. He joined the Dutch East India Company, rising quickly to the rank of Colonel and commanding the Cape garrison.
He went on more expeditions than any other 18th century explorer of southernAfrica and kept journals and sketch books to record his travels. He was responsible for naming the Orange River, introducing Merino sheep to theCapeColony and for discovering the remains of Bartholomeu Dias’s cross at Kwaaihoek in 1786. Fluent in French, Dutch and English, Robert Gordon also spoke Hottentot and Xhosa!
Robert Gordon’s first trip into the interior( 1773 – 1774) was on foot, to explore the mountains between Cape Town and False Bay and it was then that he visited our little bay and left his name with us – a worthy namesake indeed!

Property Info

Contact: Hambela Central Reservations
Primary Number: 021 557 4674
Email: [javascript protected email address]
Address: 24 Suikerbossie Drive, Cape Town, South Africa


  • Air-conditioning
  • Braai Facility
  • DSTV (Satellite Dish)
  • Fire Place
  • Wifi Free


  • Children Welcome
  • Non-smoking Establishment

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TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

Secret Getaway

Situated high on the mountain side of Gordon's Bay, this gem of a place is gorgeous! Walking into a beautiful clean room with sweeping views over Gordon's Bay, the harbour and off course over the...

Liezel S, Cape Town, South Africa 6 days ago Read full review
Beautiful view over False bay

Lovely room. Beautiful sunsets from the veranda. Close to the harbour and beachfront. Lovely view of the mountains towards Somerset West and Stellenbosch. I suggest that the drive along the coast to...

carl157, Howick, South Africa 1 month, 2 weeks, 1 day ago Read full review

From our arrival we were warmly welcomed right through to our checking out, we were warmly greeted. The room was absolutely stunning and just what we needed to spend a week-end away from home...

Varne21, Cape Town Central, South Africa 1 year, 3 months, 2 weeks, 4 days ago Read full review
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