Gansbaai for amazing hospitality and excitement
Gansbaai is situated along the south western coastline of the Western Cape, 40km South of Hermanus and 100km north of Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa. This location brings with it a rich diversity at sea and on land. Stretching from De Kelders to Die Dam it kisses the ocean to the west and encircled protectively by the Duinefontein mountains on the east lush with endemic fynbos, forests and nature reserves to explore by foot, quad bikes or mountain bikes.
Well known as the as Great White Capital of the WorldTM, it is also a sanctuary for nursing and mating Southern Right Whales from June to December, easily seen from land at De Kelders and Pearly Beach. If this is not enough, Dyer Island just off the coast is home to the endangered African Penguins and Geyser Island to about 60 000 Cape Fur seals which the Great White Sharks find so irresistible. The world famous Shark Alley is the narrow strip of ocean between these islands where the Great Whites patrol in anticipation of their next meal. Let’s not forget the pods of Common, Humpback and Bottlenose Dolphins that pass through surfing the waves.
The coastline, often dubbed the coast of contrasts, shifts between rugged rocky cliffs and shores and long white pristine beaches. Intimate natural coves provide great spots for soaking up the sun and taking a swim in the crisp Atlantic waters. Stoneage caves along the De Kelders remind us of the historical human activities in this area.