Gouritsmond is a small town situated on the west side of the mighty Gourits River. This small little town is one of the few
place left where the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. This little town is famous for its fishing as well, boasting with river, rock and surf
and deep sea fishing.
The Gourits River is the second largest flood river in South Africa. Gouritsmond has a slipway for boats to launch in the river.
Spend your day on the river, or for more addrenaline, go trough the river mouth for a deep sea fishing trip. Be warned, the river mouth
is famous for its dangerous surf launches. Gouritsmond offers a large variety of fish species to catch, and holds the record for the
biggest cob (76.9 Kg). Unofficially two even larger cobs were recorded.
Gouritsmond has a 12km coastal road, linking it to Reins Nature Reserve. Exploring this coastal road is a must!
More information on Gouritsmond itself can be found on the Gouritsmond Information Centre website.
Gouritsmond is situated on the west side of the Gourits River Mouth in the Western Cape.
It is centrally situated in between Cape Town and Knysna. This location makes it possible to visit a large number
of popular tourist attractions within a day's trip like Reins Nature Reserve and cities like, Cape Town, Mossel bay, Oudtshoorn and Knysna.
The nearest airport is George (about 100 km, or 1 hour's driving).
Climate and Rainfall
Gouritsmond has a moderate climate with an average rain fall of 350 mm per year where
57% of the rain falls from April to September. The two primary wind directions are from the south west and the south east.
Temperature varies from 6 - 25 degrees Celsius in winter and 10 - 28 degrees Celsius in summer.
Gourits Mega Park
The Gourits river has the second largest catchment area in South Africa.
Surrounding Gouritsmond is the Fynbos, with the Gourits river and the Fynbos, combined forms the key attractions in the new planned Gourits mega park.
Gouritsmond is therefore a key element in the new, planned Gourits mega park. This park will be based on the principle where conservation and bio-diversity
is central to a sustainable economy for inhabitants of the area. One of the main goals is to conserve the unique Cape flora.
It will be one of the largest conservation areas in South Africa which may ultimately cover millions of hectares.
More information can be found on the Western Cape Nature Conservation website.