Nearby Attractions

Background and Location of Strand

Strand is located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and falls under the Helderberg area just outside Central Cape Town. The name “Strand” is also known as “beach” in Afrikaans.

Strand is a seaside resort town, which has a population of 50 000 people and located on the eastern edge of False Bay situated at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Strand is found just between Macassar and the Gordon’s Bay, which is approximately 50km southeast of Cape Town.

1. 1201 Ocean View
Ocean View is situated on the "golden mile" on Beach Road in Strand.
2. Erinvale Golf Estate
5 mins
3. Gordon's Bay
10 mins
4. Stellenbosch Winelands
5. Cape Town
South Afirca's "mother city" has much to offer in terms of sight seeing, nightlife and things to do.
6. Somerset Mall
Somerset Mall is the biggest shopping mall in the Helderberg.
7. Century City & Ratanga Junction
Experience world class shopping and a wild ride at Ratanga Junction theme.
8. Hermanus
30 mins

Things to See and Do in and around Strand

Strand was founded in 1714 and originated a few hundred years ago as a holiday and fishing resort. Strand’s main attraction is the beach which spans 5 kilometers of white sandy beaches lapped by the waters of False Bay. This amazing stretch of beach boasts stunning views of the Cape Peninsula.

Strand and the surrounding areas offers an unlimited amount of activities and facilities. We have compiled a limited list of exciting attractions that may suite our guests at 1201 Ocean View.

Nearby attractions in Strand and the surrounding areas:

Blue Rock Water Sports

Blue Rock

Blue Rock is found on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains just before Sir Lowry’s Pass. Lake Blue Rock offers spectacular crystal clear water and a depth of 60m. Blue Rock’s main attraction is their cable (overhead pulling system) which is used for all sorts of waterskiing and is ideally suited for wakeboarding.

Blue Rock offers the following facilities:

  • TBlue Rock Water Ski Resorthe Blue Rock Restaurant and Café Bar is a Pizza a la Italia with a wide range of Mediterranean dishes and freshly made desserts and Cakes. The Restaurant also caters for functions of all sizes.
  • Conference Facilities is also available, that seats up to 46 delegates and is fully equipped with top of the range speakers, amplifier and projector.Waterskiing at Blue Rock
  • The Badi (our beach area) is great for relaxing, tanning and picnicking. There is also a Volleyball court and shaded spots.
  • Fufi Slide for an adrenaline rush form the top of the cliff, down to the lake where the boat will be waiting to pick you up.
  • Scuba Diving Academy on site with a fully equipped dive & rental shop.
  • Paintball is a new addition to the resort, with a bush field and a obstacle field. 40 Brand new paintball guns.
  • Abseiling off 25m high cliffs with a view of the entire lake.

Contact Details:

Office 1: (+27) 021 858 1330
Office 2:  087 150 85 98 
Security Gate/ After Hours:    (+27) 084 366 3233  
Fax:  086 542 2292

Physical Address:

Blue Rock Cable Waterski, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West

GPS Co-ordinates:

-34.126371, 18.90255
-34° 7' 34.94", +18° 54' 9.21" 

Monkey Town

Monkey Town in Somerset WestMonkey Town is a wildlife center for monkeys and apes with more than 230 animals and 28 different exotic species. Monkey Town also has koi ponds, a variety of bird species and small antelope on the premises.

On the premises you will find a restaurant as well as a play park for children and swimming pools, which is accompanied by a huge picnic and braai area.

Contact Details

Tel (+27) 021 858 1060
Fax (+27) 021 858 1082

Great White Shark Cage Diving- SHARK CAGE DIVE AFRICA

Shark Cage Diving in Gordons BayThis is an opportunity to meet a Great White Shark up and personal in a secured underwater cage. Shark Cage Dive Africa offers shark cage viewing and diving trips in around Cape Point, False Bay and Gansbaai.

Sea Island in False Bay is by far the best place in the world to witness the unusual behavior of these creatures. False Bay is famous for its Great White “flying sharks” a terms used because of the highlyShark Cage Diving in Gordons Bay athletic breaching and hunting behavior by Great White sharks in the area.

Contact details- Shark Cage Dive Africa

Telephone: 021 556 5606

Fax : 086 616 0300



Contact details- Apex Predators

Telephone: (+27) 021 786 5717

Mobile:  (+27) 079 051 8558


Erinvale Golf Estate

This beautiful manicured golf course is situated Somerset West boasts spectacular mountain and sea views. The course was host to the 1996 World Cup of Golf in which thirty two participating nations competed. The front nine is on the flat, winding between many houses, while the back nine climbs up the lower slopes of the magnificent Helderberg  mountain.

Designed by Gary Player Erinvale’s demanding front nine meanders through park-like terrain, whilst the back nine provide a contrasting challenge winding it’s way through the foothills of the mountains with panoramic views of False Bay.

Designed by: Gary Player
: Parklands Golf Course
: 18
Par: 72

Fairway Grass: Kikuyu
Green Grass:
Penn Cross
Championship 6,506 m, Club 5,892 m

Contact details

Tel: (+27) 021 847-1144

Physical Address:

Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa


Take the N2 from the city centre towards Cape Town International Airport and then take the Stellenbosch/Broadway (exit 43) turn-off onto the R44. Stay left and then turn right at the first set of traffic lights into Main Road. (The Lord Charles Hotel will be on the left). Continue through Somerset West and turn left into Lourensford Road, continue for approximately 5kms on Lourensford Road, where you will see the golf course and the estate on the left hand side.

More things to do and see in the Helderberg region

  • The mountain that is visible from the Strand is called the Helderberg Mountain and the district is named after it.
  • Whale watching in Gordon’s Bay and on Clarence Drive R44 (scenic coastal drive)
  • Dolphins & seals are around all year (visible from beaches/scenic coastal drive)
  • Helderberg Nature Reserve (021) 851 4060/6982
  • Lady Phillips Tea Garden (021) 8471346
  • Steenbras Dam (hiking only) (021) 850 4000
  • Deep Sea Fishing (021) 855 4752
  • Sunset Cruises from Strand’s harbour
  • Speedboat & Jet Ski Adventures in Harbour Island
  • Christmas Lights Festival (021) 851 4022
  • Lwandle Hostel Museum and Arts & Crafts Centre (021) 845 6119
  • Monkey Town monkey viewing (021) 858 1060
  • Blue Rock Cable Water Ski (021) 858 1330
  • Nature Quad Rides (021) 842 3217