Gansbaai Things to Do
Explore, Experience, Enjoy . . . It's an adventure out there!
Different people come to Gansbaai for different reasons and in different seasons. This unique coast of contrasts and unsurpassed natural beauty never cease to surprise and tantalise the thousands of folks who come to live, play or relax in this untouched Eden.
Nature lovers can pick and choose between a myriad of hiking, biking, 4x4 and horse riding trails on the various beaches and nature reserves in and around Gansbaai with its abundant bird, plant and animal life. The huge variety of rare endemic bird and plant species are any avid birder and botanist's dream.
Extreme outdoor adventurists can embark on kayaking, surfing and dune surfing as well as shark cage diving with the notorious Great Whites. Our "game viewing" trips from boat or plane to watch the Marine Big Five is an international hit - especially between July and December when tens of Southern Right Whales turn our coastal waters into a live stage with their mesmerising antics.
Sun lovers and fishermen have a wide choice of "sun"sational pristine white beaches, rocky outcrops and rock pools that are perfect for swimming, angling, beach activities, family picnics or simply enjoying the views and sunsets. The coastline stretches close to 50 km from Die Plaat near De Kelders in the west around Danger Point and Franskraal to Pearly Beach and Buffeljags in the east and is one of the most popular fishing areas in the country.
Come explore Gansbaai's rich and colourful past at the various heritage sites. The Strandveld Museum and the Danger Point Lighthouse hoard the secrets of the famous HMS Birkenhead trooper and many other ships that met their doom along this rugged coastline. Take a trip down memory lane at the Drupkelders and the Klipgat Caves in De Kelders where man's earliest ancestors used to live some 60 000 to 80 000 years ago.
Wine and beer tasting tours to neighbouring farms will whet the appetite for a variety of culinary experiences at the many pubs, coffee shops and restaurants in the area. The best way to end an exciting day is to relax with a glass of the Overberg's own wine at one of the scenic guesthouses or resorts while watching the spectacular sunsets over Walker Bay.
Whether you want adventure, leisure or romance, a more idyllic venue is hard to find. Come explore the beauty of a conserved coastline where ancient dunes, rocks and caves still guard the secrets of earlier inhabitants like the Khoisan and where endangered species such as the Oystercatcher, Great White Shark and Southern Right Whale still breed and feed in peace.