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Located in the Overberg in the Western Cape of South Africa, Gansbaai is a hour and a half drive from Cape Town or 180 kms away. "Gansbaai" means "Goose Bay' in Afrikaans - the origin of the name comes from the many geese that were found in the area in these early days. Gansbaai was established around the fishing industry, life in Gansbaai is still very much associated with the sea through the fishing industry and marine eco tourism: renowned for good fishing, fine boat-based and land based whale watching, but over recent years it has really established itself as the great white shark capital of the world. In 1990, South Africa was the first country in the world to protect the great white shark.
From early June through to December, Gansbaai becomes home to the Southern Right Whale. This coastline becomes the breeding area for these giants. About four nautical miles from the Kleinbaai harbour, you... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.