Gansbaai is a small fishing village situated 2 hours' drive from Cape Town and a hop, skip and a jump from Hermanus, home of the eco-friendly Hermanus Whale Festival. Gansbaai itself is one of a group of towns (De Kelders and Stanford are the other two) situated on the magnificent Walker Bay coastline and accommodation in Gansbaai and the surrounding villages offers one the chance to explore this exciting pocket of South Africa.
The Walker Bay region is a nature enthusiast's dream-come-true, especially if marine bio-diversity gets you ticking. Every July to September the bay welcomes pods of Southern Right whales which come to mate and raise their young calves. The cliffs and hills surrounding Gansbaai offer some of the best land-based positions to observe them from, in the world! If the whales pique your interest, the region offers many alternative activities for exploring marine life too.
Gansbaai is known for its shark-cave diving, as throngs of Great Whites inhabit the waters. There are a number of licensed boats which leave each morning, equipped not only with cages and equipment, but also a qualified marine-biologist-cum-guide who will educate you as to the conservation issues facing the area. Furthermore, Dyer Island, a short boat-trip away, plays home to a large colony of Cape Fur Seals as well as a group of endangered African Penguins (known locally as Jack-ass penguins for their distinctive donkey bray).
For those less-enamoured by the ocean, the Walker Bay region offers a wide variety of endemic fauna. A variety of walks and hikes in the area wind their way through the Overberg mountains, offering glimpses of plant species found nowhere else but this unique strip of coastline. Alternatively you could visit the lighthouse in Danger Bay or simply veg out in your Gansbaai accommodation, soaking in the relaxed vibes of small-town life.
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This Lodge is situated in Gansbaai above the harbour with a stunning ocean view. All the shops, bars, and restaurants are walking distance from the Lodge. We offer free accommodation when we book your... Read More
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We offer personal service and quality accommodation in comfortable, spacious rooms with large windows overlooking the Dyer Island Bay, lying between the Danger and Quoin Point Lighthouses.
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The accommodation we offer is the entire ground level of the house. The Royal Albatros consists of two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Bedroom 1 has 2 single beds or converted into one king size bed... Read More
Gansbaai Town Lodge, nestled in the heart of the Great White Shark Capital of the World, Gansbaai provides guests with comfortable and vibrant atmosphere to enjoy a relaxing or active breakaway. Loca... Read More
This lovely two bedroom cottage is situated in the centre of Gansbaai village within walking distance of all amenities and Gansbaai harbour. This is a cosy self catering unit that sleeps 4 people with... Read More
White Shark Backpackers is a large house situated on the beachfront in Kleinbaai, also known as van Dyks Bay. The house has six bedrooms and offers comfortable affordable accommodation. Guests have ac... Read More
The Abalone Cottage is a stunning 6 sleeper cottage with:
.TV (Satellite - Hotel Package)
.Indoor and outdoor Braai
.Fully fitted kitchen
.2 Bedrooms with King Sized
.1 Bed... Read More
Nell's B & B is in Kleinbaai (Gansbaai). Accommodation in luxury double en-suite room with private sea view balcony.
We are near the Kleinbaai harbour. Bookings for shark cage diving and boat based... Read More
Experience the relaxed atmosphere at newly opened Marebella where Mediterranean living meets South African hospitality. Stay in spacious and beautifully decorated guest rooms on the seafront overlook... Read More
"Oom Piet" is situated a short 100m walk from the Gansbaai harbour with beautiful views over Walker Bay. The accommodation is conveniently located close to town which means you are walking distance fr... Read More
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Pleasant but not sure if we will go back.
- Kathy Randall
Still quite relaxing place
- Marietjie Van Niekerk
Beautiful place. Nice place to go and have a break away
I am extremely impressed with Gansbaai. It's a beautiful place and really enjoyed my stay.
- Suzie Killick
I think I have said enough above...charming place. The suburbs and beaches are beautiful, The restaurant right in the Harbour was good the Dock I think it was called and the people are friendly. It is also close to Stanford, Hermanus and Agulhas.
- Lynne Tarr