Gansbaai (Goose Bay) is a town in the Overberg region, Western Cape, South Africa. By road it is 165 km South East of Cape Town.

22 things to do

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Great White Shark Tours

Join Brian McFarlane on his boat - Apex Predator - on a face to face experience with the ultimate hunter, the great white shark. They offer cage diving, no previous experience needed, and surface viewing in the area surrounding Dyer Island, host to one of the densest populations of great white sharks in the world. You'll have a chance to see great white sharks, penguins, dolphins, whales, seals and a variety of marine birds.

DO   —  +27 83 300-2138 —  Kleinbaai

4x4 trails

4x4 trails with a clear emphasis on the local nature (fynbos and indigenous forest) are organised in the Franskraal Mountains, accumulating with a rest on the "Aasvoelkop" (Vulture-peak) with stunning views over the Agulhas Plains and the Uilkraals-estuary.

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De Uijlenes Tractor Rides

Tractor ride through the fynbos in the picturesque Mt Dyer Reserve, or take a pub crawl to the hamlet of Baardskeerdersbos. The tractor takes up to 30 people, so this is perfect for birthdays, family outings or just a good day out with friends.

DO   —  +27 28 388-0551 —  Grootbos Rd

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

An upmarket 5-star lodge in a 1700 ha private nature reserve overlooking the Walker Bay. The lodge is between Hermanus and Gansbaai and provides an excellent retreat for travelers looking for luxury accommodation in the Overberg area.

SLEEP   —  +27 28 384-8053 —  Map

Farm 215

Private and secluded 4 star place in a fynbos reserve of 800 ha with sweeping views over the Agulhas Plains to the ocean. 2 rooms, 3 freestanding fynbos suites, 1 family house. All meals of the day.

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Flower Valley Trust

An Unesco initiated empowerment farm and a pilot project of the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative for sustainable harvesting of fynbos for the cut-flower industry.

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Guided botanical walks

In the hinterland of Gansbaai, guided botanical walks through pristine "fynbos" (the indigenous and colorful vegetation of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom).


De Uijlenes

Affordable farm-accommodation for groups of up to 85 in very tranquil fybos surroundings. De Uijlenes offeres tractor rides also for up to 30 people.

SLEEP   —  +27 28 388-0551 —  Map

Baardies Food Wine Art

Baardies is an informal but stylish restaurant venue where one can enjoy food, wine and art, and tranquil views of the Baardskeerdersbos valley

Guided horse trails & treks

Guided nature horse trails can be enjoyed along the coast of the Walker Bay and in the mountains behind Gansbaai. African Horse Company

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Klein Pardijs

A country house set amidst old milkwood trees with self catering cottages. 5 rooms, 5 cottages, all meals of the day.

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Whale Song Lodge

A modern and relaxed guesthouse with 4 contemporary rooms and 1 suite, all with sea views. Dinner served.

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Cliff Lodge

B&B, a stylish and intimate guesthouse with four luxury rooms and one suite all with seaview.

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Haus Giotto B+B

A modern, small and intimate B&B in the peaceful village of De Kelders.

Foley's Self catering

6 fully equipped self catering units in the middle of town.

SLEEP   —  Gansbaai

Aire del Mar Guesthouse

A friendly place with 5 rooms and 4 self catering units.

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Ama-Krokka B & B

Private B & B accommodation over looking Walker Bay.

Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Hike the Klipgat trail and Visit de Klipgat cave.

Dyer Island Cruises

Whale watching tours

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Shark Diving Unlimited

Shark cage diving

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Wheel and Anchor


SLEEP   —  +27 28 384-2261 —  16 Groenewald St

About Gansbaai

Gansbaai developed around a fresh water fountain frequented by wild geese. Later a harbour was built around the fountain and a (now abolished) whaling station was erected in De Kelders, just outside of town. Gansbaai is a quaint little fishing village that bloomed into the Great White Capital of the World. The bountiful landscapes and oceans around gives way to a multitude of outdoor activities and spectacular views to behold. Also, who can forget the two celebrities that lend Gansbaai the name Big 2 Town, the graceful Southern Right Whales and the famous Great White Sharks. *

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