The Natural Adventure Destination and home of the Marine Big 5
Gansbaai is ideally situated between Hermanus and the Southernmost Tip of Africa on the way to the Garden Route and forms part of the Cape Whale Coast.
The “Adventures” include-
Marine Adventures – The marine life includes much more than just sharks although Gansbaai has been named the Great White Shark Capital of the World. The famed shark alley is home to a wide variety of sharks including the friendly Bronszies (Copper sharks) that have been ethralling the visitors of late. The Southern right whales come to Walker Bay from June to November and may be seen from the land; by boat or air. Brydes whales as well as humpbacks regularly frequent the bay. Geyser island is home to a large population of seals. The fifth member of the Marine Big 5 the penguin has made its home on Dyer Island. Boat trips to view all of the above depart daily weather permitting and these also provide a great vantage point for marine bird watching – terns; gannets, seagulls; albatross to name a few.
Heritage Adventures – The Danger Point Lighthouse, completed in 1895, is a beacon to assist passing ships. It was built as a result of the sinking of the HMS Birkenhead in 1852. A memorial has been erected at the Lighthosue and artifacts can be viewed at the Strandveld Museum and Great White House.
The variety of caves along the Duiwelsgat Hiking trail inluding the Klipgat caves date back to the Stone Age and of course the Drup Kelder with its healing fresh water pool and great stalagtites and stalagmites was visited by Lady Anne Barnard in 1798.
Coastal Adventures – the long rocky coastline interspersed with beautiful beach areas lend themselves to wonderful fishing spots; swimming spots; picnic areas and the rockpools will entertain the youngsters for hours. Fatbike rides and Overlandy adventures can also be undertaken.
Fynbos Adventures – there are a number of fynbos hotspots in the area where 200 rare and unique fynbos species can be seen. Hiking trails abound and a hike in the Southern most forest is a must!
Sport Adventures – you name it Gansbaai has it! From fishing to bowls to horse-riding and even a park run! The Danger Point ½ Marathon held in December is one of the most popular races in the area.
Event Adventures – a Farmers Craft market is held every Saturday morning; Market in Baardskeerdersbos on the last Saturday of the month; Birkenhead Commemoration service held annually in February and of course the Funky Fynbos Festival in September.
Eating and Sleeping Adventures – to suit your preference!