7 Things to Do in Gansbaai

A popular tourist attraction, Gansbaai is a fishing town in the Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape. Best known for its dense population of great white sharks and superb whale-watching, it’s well worth a visit time and again.

Words and Pictures: Marion Whitehead

MWhitehead_Gansbaai-161. Take a boat ride

Gansbaai is a hotspot for shark cage-diving but you can also see whales in season or go on an eco-tour and see a whole lot more marine animals.





MWhitehead_Gansbaai-72. Go on a guided lighthouse tour

Take a tour at Danger Point and hear about shipwrecks such as the famous HMS Birkenhead. 028 384 0530




MWhitehead_Gansbaai-143. Enjoy a hike

The town’s cliff-top hike leads through De Kelders, with stunning views of Walker Bay.









Marine guide Jason Stonehewer is full of fascinating stories about sea creatures.

4. Taste a little seaweed

Taste some seaweed on a fascinating beach walk with Beachcomber guide Jason Stonehewer.









CEO Lesley in the farm's forest.

5. Head out on the trails

Hike and bike the network of trails at Flower Valley Farm.










Melissa Krige and hubby Francois fell in love with Africa's most southerly forest.

6. Meander through the forest

Enjoy a tranquil ‘forest bathe’ on a visit to enchanting Platbos, the most southerly occurring forest remnant in Africa.





MWhitehead_Gansbaai-347. Go exploring

Explore Klipgat Cave on the edge of Walker Bay, where humanity’s early ancestors enjoyed hunting and fishing.

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