Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa

Boats in Gansbaai.

Gansbaai is the Afrikaans name for 'Geese Bay', which originated from the many geese that were found in the area in early times. Gansbaai was established around the fishing industry, and has been ever since. Gansbaai (Gans Bay) is a small, sleepy fishing village that has alot to offer. It is situated on the other side of Walker Bay, and offers a sharp contrast from the bigger, busier and better known Hermanus.

Gansbaai is a favourite destination for larger tourists in search of the Southern Right Whale, who head up here to escape the Antarctic winter. The Whales arrive in late June and stay until October. Apart from the Whales, Gansbaai also offers excellent fishing, and the area is well known for its beautiful display of flowers in spring. Guests can also enjoy tranquil mountain and beach walks, and the most delicious seafood imaginable.

Gansbaai is the worldwide capital for Great White Sharks, and guests can enjoy the unique and completely unforgettable experience of cage diving with these magnificent predators of the deep. Shark cage diving in Gansbaai is so popular, even world renowned celebrities, like Brad Pitt, have descended on this little town to partake in this memorable experience.

Gansbaai is in essence a holiday resort town, ideal for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Dyer Island near Gansbaai is a breeding colony for Jackass Penguins while seals breed on nearby Geyser Island.

Gansbaai is located about 100 kilometres from Hermanus on the coastal R43. It is a good stop en route to Cape Agulhas - the southernmost tip of Africa. Please keep in mind that this will involve driving on some good quality unpaved roads. It is conveniently located just 2 hours by road from Cape Town.

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