Just 2 and a bit hours from Cape Town and a little over an hour from Cape Agulhas the Southern Tip of Africa, lies Gansbaai, Gold winner for the World’s Best destination for Responsible Tourism 2015, well established as the Great White Shark Capital of the World™ and sanctuary and nursery for the Southern Right Whales from July to December each year.
The Natural Adventure Destination
The village and surrounds are unpretentious and relatively undeveloped with dramatic rocky shorelines interspersed with pristine white beaches. There are numerous coves and tidal pools along the shoreline which offer quiet, protected spots to walk, swim or soak up the sun.
To the east are the Duinefontein mountains with pockets of indigenous forests, waterfalls and fynbos for spectacular hikes, mountain biking and trail running. Then to the west is Walker Bay and Van Dyks Bay and the now famous Dyer and Geyser Islands. With a west aspect to the sea, there is nothing quite as spectacular as watching the sun disappear into the ocean on the horizon, filling the sky with splashes of orange, yellow, red, purple and pink hues.
What started out as a traditional fishing village some years back, has become a sought after outdoor adventure destination for foreign and domestic travellers. Famous for the Great White Shark population just off our shores, Gansbaai is the destination for shark cage diving and its diverse marine ecology. Southern Right Whales make Walker Bay their sanctuary from about July to November whilst they raise their young in the safety of our waters. Viewing from land in De Kelders, by boat and air are great ways to spend time appreciating these gentle giants.
Local surfers brag about the waves and right breaks, guided tours are available to discover the mysteries of shoreline life, visits to the series of stone-age caves has to be on your agenda, Fat Bike ride in the dunes brings you back to childhood, horses on the beach and a dip in the ocean a dream come true, quad biking in fynbos and forest or a 4X4 tour in the Walkerbay nature reserve with an experienced guide and his Landy. And then of course, fishing for those intrepid fisherman, from a boat or land.
The traditional harbour is still active, with 9 trawlers and a processing plant that cans sardines & pilchards and produces fish meal for livestock farmers. Still the biggest employer in town, the factory plays an important role in our community adding value with their generous sponsorships and contributions towards local events and charities.
Lomond is a great local wine farm and cellar, producing a variety of very interesting and special wines. These can be tasted in an ancient Milkwood forest over a platter of cured meat and cheese or in their tasting room alongside the Lomond dam. The region can be explored for the many great wine farms with unique and prize winning wines.
Baardskeerders Bos, locally called B’Bos is a small arty community and has a few quirky restaurants to try.
Pearly Beach is a beautiful beach village where the Whales are close to shore and the beaches and fynbos are largely untouched and beautiful.
To top it all off, our culinary offerings are totally unexpected and varied with some world class restaurants with interesting dining options, to fun and local diners and pubs. Most of these stock our very local wines and have a good knowledge of their best food compliment.
- Shark Cage Diving
- Quad Biking
- Horse-back riding
- Fat-Bike Rides
- Massage and beauty treatments
- Guided/unguided walks and hikes
- Gastronomic Restaurants
- Whale Watching by land, boat and air
- Overlandy trips in Walkerbay Reserve
- Cave tours – Padloper
- Platbos Forest & Labyrinth
- Mountain Bike trails
- Photogenic sea and landscapes
- Beautiful white beaches