Gourits was named after the Gouriqua Khoikhoi people that lived in the area and the Gourits River is the principal river in the southern Cape. The N2 and the railway line both cross the Gourits River over a gorge 65 m deep and 75 m wide – also made popular by bungee jumping and bridge swinging. Standing on the bridge, the view is spectacular with the river snaking below and greenery on both sides of the ravine – which are covered with aloes that look beautiful when in flower.
Pretty little stone houses that date back to the 1920s still dominate parts of the village, testimony to the farmers that descended on the area on holiday from the Albertinia district. The area continues to be dominated by sheep and wheat farmers, as the town continues to function as a fishing hotspot, a popular beach, and most definitely a place fitting of a leisurely retreat. Gouritsmond has the advantage that it is close to Mossel Bay, a bustling city, in case you need to do some shopping, but yet far enough to be a tranquil setting.
The area is famous for its fishing. Popular fishing spots include “The Fisheries”, “Bull Point” and “Kaap Vacca”. Garrick, White Steenbras, kabeljou, grunter, and shad are found here. The kabeljou will sometimes swim into the estuaries to feed on mullet. Gouritsmond is recommended for the powerboat fisherman and a launch ramp is available if you have your own craft – but fishing charters are also available if you don’t.