Birkenhead Boothengelklub

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Welcome to Birkenhead Boothengelklub, a fishing club in Gansbaai that has been the heart of fishing activities for angling, boating and ocean enthusiasts since 1988. The Birkenhead Boothengelklub provides a friendly gathering spot in the old harbour with colourful views of the ocean and the incredible sunsets over Walker Bay. A firm favourite with club members and their family and friends, Birkenhead Boothengelklub hosts ongoing club events that include fishing competitions, bring-and-braais, dinner dances and local community meetings. The club venue is available to the public for private functions and has a fully licensed cash bar, well-equipped catering kitchen and ample parking. Birkenhead Boothengelklub seats 120 guests, with additional space available in an uncovered outside area.

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Birkenhead Boothengelklub was established in 1988 by a group of local Gansbaai boat anglers, and over the years has become as much a part of the fishing community as the fisherfolk themselves.


Gansbaai is one of only a very few working fishing villages left in the Western Cape. The fishing industry dates back to the earliest settlement days when, in 1881, Johannes Wessels built the first temporary dwelling next to the freshwater spring on the spot where Gansbaai’s old harbour is now situated. Johannes named it Gansegat (goose’s hole) after the colony of Egyptian geese that congregated around the spring. The name of the town later evolved to the more respectable Gansbaai (Goose Bay) and descendants of those geese still inhabit the area along with a colony of Dutch-quacker ducks.

Birkenhead Boothengelklub

Birkenhead Boothengelklub was named after the HMS Birkenhead that floundered off Gansbaai’s coastline at Danger Point in 1845. The club is proud to be the host of many get-togethers for the community and has been the setting for hundreds of memorable events, celebrations and gatherings over the years.

Membership Fees

Membership Fees


Birkenhead Boothengelklub welcomes club members of all ages regardless of whether they are experienced fishermen and women or are just friends who are passionate about the sea.

Membership Fees (per annum)

  • Couples - R600 
  • Singles - R340 
  • Juniors (under 13 years) - R90 (must be accompanied by an adult)

 To ensure a perfect fit, a three month probation period applies to all new members. Call the Birkenhead Boothengelklub for more information.

Events and Functions

Events and Functions


Birkenhead Boothengelklub hosts various private and community events and functions that are ongoing.  All covid-safety precautions are in place and are a great way to get out and relax in a fun and safe environment.

Bring and Braai

The regular dop-en-tjop gatherings are a whole lot of fun and open to non-members if they are accompanied by a club member. Expect to hear stories of note about the town’s fishing legends and fishing tales about the “one that got away”.

Monthly Dance
  • Members - R110 per person 
  • Non-Members - R130 per person

The ever-popular monthly dinner dance is a not to be missed get-together event for the over forty age group. It includes a three-course meal in a relaxed environment with music so you can dance the night away. There is a full cash bar selling all your favourites. Booking is essential because admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

End of Year Function

The year-end function is somewhat of a tradition with a prize-giving ceremony to celebrate member achievements.

New Years Eve Party

The special event spent with like-minded people to celebrate the year that was and welcome a brand new year. Booking way in advance is essential because everyone will be there!

King Of The Bay Competition

This is the year’s main fishing competition and various fishing clubs compete in a one-day event with great prizes and a function afterwards.

Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival

The clubhouse is open to the public for special tastings and events. Call the club or contact Gansbaai Tourism Bureau for more information about the itinerary, here.

Contact the Birkenhead Boothengelklub for the latest information about events and functions.

Venue Hire

Venue Hire

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Birkenhead Boothengelklub offers a spacious venue for private functions in a quaint harbour setting. The club has seating for 120 people indoors and there is an outside area where it is possible to arrange additional seating (very weather dependant).

Perfect For:

  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Club Meetings
  • Memorial Services
  • Church Services


  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Rest Rooms
  • Generator
  • Parking

Optional Extras:

  • Full-Bar and Barman 
  • Serving Staff
  • Fully-Fitted Kitchen (self-catered or catered)
  • Crockery and Cutlery 
  • Glasses


“Gesellige mense! Hulle hou een keer  'n maand 'n lekker party vir almal wat mal is oor visvang.”  Oubaas Lesch
“Gasvrye mense!”  Annabe Lambrechts
“The perfect venue for a birthday party! Lots of parking and enough room to move.”  Jennifer Eloise 
“Total awesomeness.”  Annelie Jacobs



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