Estuary with an Attitude

The beautiful Uilenkraalsmond, next to Franskraal, is the oldest established beach resort in Gansbaai and one of the most popular family holiday destinations in the Western Cape. What is today the caravan-park of Uilenkraalsmond, was already a camping ground 200 years ago. The farmers of the area met each other here around Christmas time.


Many of the older Gansbaai residents have fond childhood memories of days gone by when they, like generations before them, caught steenbras and harder in this estuary formed by the joining of the Uilenkraal River and the Bushman’s River.

The outlet of the estuary on the outstretched Franskraal beach is a wonderful, safe venue for swimming, water sports and collecting live crabs and shells. The estuary is also a famous birding and fishing hotspot.

The two rivers flow from the breathtaking valleys of Uilkraal and Baardskeerdersbos respectively. Looking down from the Franskraal mountains, one can see the whole system of creeks, ponds and streams coming together at the estuary and flowing into the sea.


Surrounded by endless white sand dunes and an epic beach stretching all the way from Franskraal to Pearly Beach, this area is a beehive of activities during the summer holidays. The festive mood on the beach is contagious and visitors spontaneously form groups to participate in touch rugby, volleyball, Tug of war and beach tennis.Lifeguards are on duty at the main swimming area and hikers and rock and beach anglers dot the shoreline as far as the eye can see.

The modern caravan park and holiday resort provide a smorgasbord of entertainment for young and old, including a supertube, putt-putt course, trampoline and a games room. A pub offers kareoke facilities, a big TV screen and a pool table. There is also a shop and a take-away cafe that cater for daily needs.

Only 5 km from Gansbaai, one can see the outstretched estuary from the bridge on the R43 en route to Pearly Beach. A more scenic setting and exquisite combination of endless beach fun and modern comfort is hard to find! 

Orcas hunt Great White in Gansbaai, South Africa

Very little is known about the interaction between Great White sharks and Orcas. During the months of February to June 2017, several shark carcases washed up on the beaches of Gansbaai and surrounds. Marine biologists at the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and Marine Dynamics were able to study these carcases and could confirm that they were hunted and killed by Orcas. 


Orcas hunt great white sharks