Gansbaai


Platbos Forest
Discover for yourself this unique, relic forest with specimen trees estimated to be well over 1000 years of age. This gentle, undemanding walk takes between one to two and a half hours to complete. Sit on the benches situated along the forest trail and absorb the scents of tree blossoms, earth, mosses and leaves.

Whale Watching
Southern right whales spend the summer months feeding around Antarctica and then migrate thousands of kilometres to the sheltered bays of South Africa to mate and calve. They can be seen along the coast between June/July and December.

Gansbaai Tidal Pool
Gansbaai Tidal Pool is located on Kus Weg in Perlemoenbaai - the coastal road between Gansbaai town and De Kelders. The tidal pool has a smaller pool next to it for the kiddies and if you walk the entire wall to the other end, there are some great nooks in the rocks where you can snorkel and see some fish. If you dare to venture into the kelp outside of the pool, you can snorkel for some periwinkles - permits are obtained at the post office.

Duiwelsgat Hiking Trail
Starting at the municipal campsite near Gansbaai harbour, the Duiwelsgat Hiking Trail follows the coast to De Kelders and Duiwelsgat. The route takes in a number of historical sites before reaching Klipgat, a Stone Age site in a cave. Along the way hikers will pass Stanford’s Cove, used as a harbour in the 1840s, and a beautiful swimming pool in a cave at De Kelders. The sea cliffs offer amazing whale watching opportunities between June and November.

The Marine Big Five
The term Marine Big Five originated here thanks to the huge amount of sharks, seals, dolphins, penguins and whales that flourishes in these waters! The best time of year to undertake a "marine game viewing tour" is between May and December when pods of dolphins and Southern Right Whales visit our coastline.

African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary
The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary was initially set up for the African penguins of Dyer Island, which are endangered. This island is classified as an Important Bird Area. The other nearby colony is Stony Point at Betty’s Bay. This facility will have a fully equipped lab and a vet on standby so we can immediately treat any birds thereby increasing their survival rate. Currently they are transported for more than three hours to the Cape Town facility.

Great White Shark Cage Diving
Watching a shark from land is a fascinating experience the same way reading about music is an educational experience; submerging yourself into shark infested waters is like being played as an adrenal instrument.

The Perlemoen Trail
Centred around South Africa's famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Gansbaai, consists of a backpacking trail and a slackpacking hiking/cyling/running trails with alternative shorter/longer trails and catered as well as self-catering packages.

Geyser Rock & Dyer Island

Geyser Rock, just south of Dyer Island, is home to 50 000 odd Cape fur seals. They use the passage of sea between the island and the rock to find their food. For rather obvious reasons, then, it is known as shark alley. Dyer Island is the easternmost island of a chain of seabird havens along the Western Cape. The 20 hectare island is rather flat and pebbly, lacking much sand.


Gansbaai Harbour
Life in Gansbaai is very much associated with the sea and the fishing industry. The cove that once provided a safe landing spot for the small fishing vessels of yesteryear was deepened, adequate moorings were built and today Gansbaai boasts a modern harbour where many fishing trawlers come and go daily. To augment the fishing industry, a modern canning and fishmeal factory was built at the harbour site.

Birding
Birding can take place all over the area. There are about 250 bird-species around the peninsula. Best birding-spots are the estuary, the fynbos fields on the plains and in the mountains and along the fringes of the many wetlands and indigenous forests.

The Fat Bike
We have stunning trails here in Gansbaai, De Kelders and Hermanus varying from easy rides along the beach to racing down Sand dunes and learning a few new skills.

 


The Flower Valley Farm
The Flower Valley Farm is a Flower Conservation Trust operation to preserve flora and the fauna that goes with it. Hikers can spot birds and educate themselves on the fynbos flowers of the area and enjoy a rewarding view at the end. There is a great picnic area next to the dam if you would like to end your day relaxing in nature. Pre-packed baskets are available on request.

Grootbos Nature Reserve
Nestling in the fynbos clad hills above Walker Bay with breathtaking views of dunes, sea and the distant Cape of Good Hope. Experience some of the world’s richest flora, the mystical Milkwood forest, the fascinating fauna and marine life that enthrals. Enjoy the many trails with specialist guides that will convey to you the wonders of our unique flora and fauna along walking trails, on horse back or mountain bike, or in a 4×4 vehicle.

Klipspringer Cycle Route

The Klipspringer Mountain Bike Trail is a 32km black route, which crosses over to five different properties which are part of the walkerbay fynbos conservancy, namely Grootbos Private nature Reserve, Flower valley conservation trust, Lomond wines, Farm 215 Nature Reserve and Goedvertrou Farm,


Fishing
In spite of the developing tourism industry, the fishing industry is still a major economic driver for Gansbaai. The fleet of fishing boats and canning and fishmeal factory in the harbour employ a substantial number of people. The 3 abalone farms, just outside of Gansbaai, immediately on the shores of Gansbaai, produce this traditional culinary delight in large quantities for the Asian market.

Milkwood Hiking Trail
The half hour Milkwood trail takes hikers through an ancient milkwood forest with stunning milkwood, wild olive, fine leafed ironwood and white stinkwood trees, past the spring that bubbles out of the limestone hills and around the dam back to the farm house.

The Fynbos Trail
The Fynbos Trail is a unique nature experience in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This can be done as a fully guided and catered slackpacking trail or as a self-guided and catered trail. The trail has a two or three night option and takes hikers along a beautiful stretch of trail through coastal and mountain fynbos, remote forests and visits some fascinating environmental and social projects along the way.