This small fishing village packs a punch when it comes to visitor activities. Known as the Great White Capital of the world, you can be sure that spotting them is top of the list, as the waters here are brimming with these toothy predators. Then there is the seasonal visit of whales to the bay as well as the large variety of marine birds. Away from the beaches are caves to explore, a 9-hole golf course and even a 4x4 obstacle course.

Originally a small fishing town, Gansbaai has become a tourist hub, popular holiday destination, and great white shark capital of South Africa without losing its rustic essence. Although your initial thought may be to avoid the shark haven, this quaint town has much to offer, from unique whale watching experiences to stunning fynbos surroundings, and countless activities in between. Just over a 3-hour drive from Cape Town, Gansbaai is the perfect escape from the city.

Highlights

Spoil yourself with unforgettable whale watching opportunities between July and December.
Visit Dyer Island via boat to see African penguins, endangered Bank Cormorants and other bird species.
Spend your Saturday enjoying the weekly Gansbaai Farmer’s Market.
Take a walk along one of the nearby beaches.
Visit the Klipgat Caves, located in the stunning Walker Bay Nature Reserve nearby.
Take a short trip to Danger Point, where you’ll see the Danger Point Lighthouse situated at the southern point of Walker Bay.

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Best time to go to Gansbaai

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The best time to visit this darling town boasting unspoilt beaches and unique landscapes is between the months of October and May. Temperatures will be warm and rainfall will be at a minimum, allowing you to make the most of each day and the various activities on offer. Take note that the sunniest month in which to visit Gansbaai is January, which also happens to be the driest.

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