It’s Time to Experience Gansbaai
Gansbaai: A popular fishing village only 170km from Cape Town in the Overberg region is known for its sought-after Shark Cage diving. However, it offers much more than just that.
The main road to Gansbaai is bustling with many tourists coming in for a relaxing holiday. With a small fishing town like this comes the security of totally switching off.
Everywhere you go, you smell the ocean breeze and a sting of a fishy odour but in a good way since fishing plays a big role in the town. Take a drive to Kleinbaai where you’ll find a few fishermen catching the last bit of sun; chatting and trying to rail in a few small fish finds.
Make sure to take a stroll down the beach and watch the abundance of birdlife; sitting on the rocks in the far distance in the ocean. Did you know that Dyer Island (the place where the extreme shark adventures happen) has a large marine bird population including Jackass Penguins, Bank Cormorants, Kelp gulls, rare African Black Oystercatchers, and various other marine birds? Place bird lovers will enjoy.
Even with marine life being the center of the town’s activities, 8km outside the town is a wine estate called Lomond. The drive still shows signs of the fire that happened in January 2019 where it destroyed hectares of vegetation yet it’s beginning to show indications of new life.
Since opening its doors back in 2005, Lomond produces high quality of wines such as the Cat’s Tail Syrah 2015, Candelabra Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot Rosé 2017 and, so much more. They have two types of tastings; The Classic Range and Premium Range. Their specialty is the Sweet Pairing consisting of 5 different wines paired with truffles, nougat and Turkish delight for R130.00. Enjoy the view of the mountain backdrop and the lavish vineyards. It’s a beautiful setting for any occasion.
Times: Monday – Sunday from 10:00am to 16:00pm | Contact: 028-3880095 or (082) 908 0099
Still, have time to explore? Visit Danger Point Lighthouse, built in 1895. Wondering why it’s named Danger Point? Due to the treacherous peninsula on the southern point of Walker Bay, it has a rather bad reputation for it being the final resting place with nearly 7 shipwrecks under its belt. The 8,3 m tall octagonal lighthouse can be reached via a tarred road, on foot or even with a bicycle.
Times: Monday – Friday from 10:00am to 15:00pm | Contact: 021 449-2400
One of the little treasures in Gansbaai is the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary; a place to treat endangered African Penguins with a drastic species decline of 90%. They face possible existence in the next few years so every kind of donation helps. Visit the sanctuary for more information at no cost. You may view a few penguins in rehabilitation while grabbing a cup of coffee at their café and purchasing a penguin souvenir.
Times: Monday – Sunday from 09:00am to 16:00pm | Contact: 072 598 7117
Finding somewhere to eat is no hassle at all because at almost every corner is a restaurant. Try the best Italian cuisine at Giuseppe’s Trattoria and Cocktail Bar that serves good food in a casual setting. Indulge in one of their pizzas; thick in the crust and oozing with local ingredients.
Times: Monday – Saturday from 07:00am to 22:00pm | Contact: 071 657 9732
Don’t miss the chance to visit the following places I seemed to have missed:
- The Strandveld Museum in Franskraal
- Shark Cage diving with Extreme Scene
- Eat at BBLonds Restaurant
- Explore Klipgat Caves
- Do the Fynbos Trail
Where to stay?
Search for Gansbaai accommodations and you’ll find a number of options from B&Bs to self-catering as well as some camping sites.
I found an affordable self-catering place at Tourist Lodge consisting of seven self-catering units. It has a small patio with a braai facility and it’s within walking distance of restaurants, the beach and various shops. It’s an open space lodge with a bed, toilet, kitchenette, seating and dining area with WIFI and, a television.
WATCH ME WANDERING THROUGH THE TOWN OF GANSBAAI.
Until the next small town.