Congratulations to Deidre and Lara Strydom, Xplorio Gansbaai’s first ever competition winners.
The town of Gansbaai is quickly becoming a favourite amongst off-the-beaten-track destinations for both travellers and outdoor adventurists. The small town vibe and beautiful natural landscapes holds the makings of any great getaway and Gansbaai throws in a dash of adrenaline pumping activities for good measure. Spectacular sights and intriguing sounds are awaiting you in this village with its Great White heart. Here are 5 ways to experience the best of Gansbaai:
Following in the footsteps of the first people to settle here, rely on your feet to lead the way and take to the fields. The numerous hiking and walking trails lead you along the rugged coastline and past the famous Birkenhead Lighthouse and shipwrecks now resting under the waves. Heading for the hills, you gain a spectacular view of Walker Bay and the big blue ocean that lies beyond it. Not all ventures on foot need to be strenuous… Kick off your shoes and dig your toes into the sand of one of our pristine beaches and just watch the crashing waves.
Boy, are you in for a surprise! Jump on one of our whale watching or shark cage diving boats and hold on for the experience of a lifetime! Heading out with one of our Shark Operators, you get to enjoy the views of the Kleinbaai Harbour and get ready to look a Great White Shark in the eye. Opting for a Whale Watching excursion, prepared to be awed and inspired. The boats take you right up to the graceful Southern Right Whales that visit the protective waters of Walker Bay every year. Gansbaai isn’t known as the Big 2 Town for nothing!
Always wanted to spread your wings and fly… now you can! Take to the skies with a scenic flight and get a whole new perspective on the Overberg. The flight takes you over the rugged mountains and flower-filled valleys and veers off to the ocean. Soaring out over the playground of the Marine Big 5 you will never want to touch foot on land again. Spot the groups of Southern Right Whales congregating in the shallows, catch the wink of a Great White Shark fin as it dives below the surface and enjoy watching the commotion of Seals around Dyer Island. If you are lucky you might even get to see a pod of Dolphins surfing the waves from above.
Ahhh, this one is for the true nature lover. There is no better way to experience the fresh air and glorious sunshine than horse riding through the endless fields of flowering Fynbos and rolling hills. It gives you an appreciation for the untouched natural beauty of the landscape that cannot be compared. Allow the guides to fill your head with all sorts of interesting facts on the fauna and flora of the area while you enjoy the panoramic views.
There is no reason to sit at home anymore. Bunch the whole family into the car on a lazy Sunday morning and hit the road. Take the winding coastal drive that follows the coastline of Franskraal to see the fishermen on the cliffs waiting for that bite and seagulls hanging in the wind. For an alternative route, head out of town towards Elim or Baardskeerdersbos. Here you can explore the sweet aromas of the local wine from the Elim Wine Route or just spend hours watching the grazing cows in the fields.
The splendour of Gansbaai is waiting for you right outside your door. Now is the perfect time to explore…