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The Top Ten Things to do in Gansbaai

The places known as Shark Alley and Dyer Island are synonymous with Gansbaai shark cage diving. Three hours from Cape Town, Gansbaai offers one of the best shark cage diving experiences, diving with the bronze whaler sharks. But what else does Gansbaai have to offer.

The area is well known for its whale watching between June to November. There are boat-based whale charters departing from Kleinbaai daily. The Southern Right Whale Season is normally from June – December, but the rest of the year, one can occasionally see Humpback and Bryde’s whales in the area.  What most people don’t know is, you can see these cetaceans by standing on the rocks in De Kelders, a few minutes’ drive from Kleinbaai.

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Kleinbaai and Walker Bay are home to an array of sea life including the Marine Big 5 including dolphins, seals, and a large variety of seabirds. There are Marine Big 5 boat charters that will take you direct to the action.

Who doesn’t want to get up and close to a penguin. A state-of-the-art Penguin and Seabird sanctuary have made this possible. This is a great opportunity to learn about the African Penguin and the challenge that the species faces. We recommend visiting for the 3:00pm feeding.

A horse-ride with a difference. Embark on a relaxing ride through a dune forest where you can expect to see diverse bird and wildlife, interesting fynbos species, and beautiful flowers.  Then it’s onto the pristine stretch of coastline where you’ll have the opportunity to swim with your horse in the ocean.  This must be one of the most unique experiences.

Get close to nature and explore Gansbaai on a mountain bike. It is an exhilarating experience unlike any other. Experience the breathtaking views of fynbos-clad hills, vineyards with blue dams and the mesmerizing coastline. Get ready for the most scenic ride of your life.

Pristine, beautiful beaches. Smell the sea, pick up a shell, take a dip. The beaches are uncrowded, and offer one relaxation, and solitude. Take a picnic and a good read! Leave the phone at home.

Discover the origins of early man on a cave tour. The amazing limestone cliffs of De Kelders house the Stone Age, where Khoi bushman lived. This World Heritage Site, Klipgat Cave, gives one an insight into the past long gone. This is one of only three locations in South Africa where such ancient remains have been found.

Birding watching galore. 118 bird species offer one so much variety.  Observe the vivid orange of a Sunbird’s breast, see a Cape Sugarbird sipping on nectar or spot a rare Black Harrier.

The rocky coastline and serene estuaries provide a magnificent backdrop to birding and be sure to lookout for the Oystercatchers.

Indulge the serenity of Gansbaai

Stroll through the fynbos-clad mountains, walk along the pristine beaches, or choose a well-marked route to observe the fascinating and secretive eco-systems that make up Gansbaai. Stroke the pin cushions, admire the beautiful king protea breathe in the blackcurrant scent of buchu or simply listen to the silence that surrounds you.

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