Gouritz Mouth: The "West Coast" of the Garden Route?





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    Default Gouritz Mouth: The "West Coast" of the Garden Route?

    Me and SWAMBO enjoyed a fabulous few days on our own with no kids stayinf on a farm near Albertinia.

    This morning, we made a small road trip to Gouritz, and then took the dead-end road all along the coast that eventually takes one to a privat reserve.

    I was hugely impressed with the long distances between houses, the fact that none of them are castles and the very few people there.

    This is how I envisioned the West Coast would be, but was rudely shaken out of my dream when we made a visit in December 2014. The place was papvrot with people.

    But this!! I loved it and wondered if some very isolated campe sites exists along this stretch of coast.
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    Sjoe, when are you off?
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    Default Re: Gouritz Mouth: The "West Coast" of the Garden Route?

    My FIL has a farm between Albertinia and Gouritz. We were also there for a couple of weeks.

    Iíll chat to them a bit about the area closer to Gouritz along the coast

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    We were in Gouritsmond over Christmas as well. I was stunned to see how clean and well kept that little town was. Especially for us who comes from Gemors Plek.
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    Default Re: Gouritz Mouth: The "West Coast" of the Garden Route?

    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    Sjoe, when are you off?
    What you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    What you mean?
    Leaving the area.

    When I joined forum made effort to meet as many members possible...two forum GTG under belt. But the that all slowed down and actually meeting members fell by the wayside

    Missed Gungets Tuft by a day in Kleinmond...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    Leaving the area.
    Tomorrow morning early.

    Ja I did arrange to meet members earlier in my life, but things have changed a bit to a point where when I get a chance to take some leave, I absolutely have to spend it all with my wife and kids.

    (And BTW, I did check out Friemersheim somewhere in the past. Looks like a vey nice place.)

    Working 7 days a week for a very long time now.

    I honestly hope it can change in the near future and that I can engage in some more fun and interaction with others.

    This year looks promising to bear the fruit of my labour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    Tomorrow morning early.
    Safe journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    Me and SWAMBO enjoyed a fabulous few days on our own with no kids stayinf on a farm near Albertinia.

    This morning, we made a small road trip to Gouritz, and then took the dead-end road all along the coast that eventually takes one to a privat reserve.

    I was hugely impressed with the long distances between houses, the fact that none of them are castles and the very few people there.

    This is how I envisioned the West Coast would be, but was rudely shaken out of my dream when we made a visit in December 2014. The place was papvrot with people.

    But this!! I loved it and wondered if some very isolated campe sites exists along this stretch of coast.
    How far along the coast road west of gouritz can you drive?
    We have a house at stillbay and I have looked at this area on Google earth a few times. Want to explore it.
    Any opportunity for wild camping here?
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    Default Re: Gouritz Mouth: The "West Coast" of the Garden Route?

    Quote Originally Posted by KimballR View Post
    How far along the coast road west of gouritz can you drive?
    We have a house at stillbay and I have looked at this area on Google earth a few times. Want to explore it.
    Any opportunity for wild camping here?
    Not that far. I think it was about 15 km or so and then you stop at the gates of a private reserve that blocks further entry.

    But IMHO, an area worth it to explore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    Not that far. I think it was about 15 km or so and then you stop at the gates of a private reserve that blocks further entry.

    But IMHO, an area worth it to explore.
    Thanks. Can you get access to the sea for a days braai etc.
    I love wild camping. It would be great if some landowner would allow this...
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    Default Re: Gouritz Mouth: The "West Coast" of the Garden Route?

    The reserve that blocks the road is gourikwa.

    I have stayed there a few December's ago and it is a great gravel drive along the coast from there to Still bay.


    You do see some caravans on the plots by the sea but it looks more like storage than camping.

    Great area! Love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    Me and SWAMBO enjoyed a fabulous few days on our own with no kids stayinf on a farm near Albertinia.

    This morning, we made a small road trip to Gouritz, and then took the dead-end road all along the coast that eventually takes one to a privat reserve.

    I was hugely impressed with the long distances between houses, the fact that none of them are castles and the very few people there.

    This is how I envisioned the West Coast would be, but was rudely shaken out of my dream when we made a visit in December 2014. The place was papvrot with people.

    But this!! I loved it and wondered if some very isolated campe sites exists along this stretch of coast.
    That's what the West Coast looked like about 25 years ago. Then municipalities found they could increase revenue from rates and taxes by developing serviced plots. Estate agents also advertised "The greatest secret hideaways" and you have what is now there.

    Additionally, I remember Hermanus in 1980 as a small dorp. No traffic lights nor supermarkets and the only stop street in the town was the three way stop at the harbour. I camped just outside town on an isolated camp site that is now part of the squatter camp on the western entrance. Then it was discovered and everyone wanted to move there and live in a small dorp. It's all just a matter of time and marketing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    That's what the West Coast looked like about 25 years ago. Then municipalities found they could increase revenue from rates and taxes by developing serviced plots. Estate agents also advertised "The greatest secret hideaways" and you have what is now there.

    Additionally, I remember Hermanus in 1980 as a small dorp. No traffic lights nor supermarkets and the only stop street in the town was the three way stop at the harbour. I camped just outside town on an isolated camp site that is now part of the squatter camp on the western entrance. Then it was discovered and everyone wanted to move there and live in a small dorp. It's all just a matter of time and marketing.
    I agree with you.

    ...but the West Coast is just that much closer to Cape Town than Gouritz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    I agree with you.

    ...but the West Coast is just that much closer to Cape Town than Gouritz.
    True. Only problem is that many owners of the property on the West Coast are not from Cape Town, the West Coast nor even the Western Cape. Just look at Paternoster today. An equivalent is Henties Bay in Namibia. Gouritz is about the same distance from George and Mossel Bay that the West Coast is to Cape Town. It's just undiscovered by the marketers.

    It's the reason I moved to the Great Karoo. Very small chance of anything being built here. The last non government housing built was about 50 years ago. And winter is too cold and harsh for squatters. Summer cooks a squatter shack. The visitors vehicles we see here are those who want to be here and are mainly bikers and 4x4, some with trailers or off road caravans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    True. Only problem is that many owners of the property on the West Coast are not from Cape Town, the West Coast nor even the Western Cape. Just look at Paternoster today. An equivalent is Henties Bay in Namibia. Gouritz is about the same distance from George and Mossel Bay that the West Coast is to Cape Town. It's just undiscovered by the marketers.

    It's the reason I moved to the Great Karoo. Very small chance of anything being built here. The last non government housing built was about 50 years ago. And winter is too cold and harsh for squatters. Summer cooks a squatter shack. The visitors vehicles we see here are those who want to be here and are mainly bikers and 4x4, some with trailers or off road caravans.
    I often think that Port nolloth and specifically McDougal bay is one of the last remaining west coast dorpies.
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