Gansbaai, branded as the Natural Adventure Destination, is a two-hour drive south of Cape Town and the perfect destination for the active nature lover. Whilst world renowned as the Mecca for Great White Sharks, Gansbaai is also home to the Marine Big 5 and a large variety of Endemic, Migrant and Pelagic bird life. Southern Right whales are abundant here in the winter months.

Gansbaai is blessed with floral abundance, half an hour’s drive into the countryside past Hermanus on the R43 and offers a famous botanical landscape with some of the rarest plant species in the world, surrounded by mountains, white beaches and rocky shorelines, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean famous for the Great White Shark and the Southern Right Whale. Gansbaai is known as the "Big-2-Town”, and lies between the mountains and the sea. The recently tarred road between Gansbaai and Bredasdorp opens the area to the Garden route via the R43.

Gansbaai won the African Gold Award for Responsible Tourism at the World Travel Market in Cape Town in 2015.

Explore Gansbaai



Caged-Shark-diving is one of the many main attractions for visitors to our town. A typical white shark diving excursion takes between 3-5 hours, depending on the weather, sea conditions and shark behaviour. Trips depart from Kleinbaai harbour and anchor site depends on the sea conditions, weather and previous shark sightings. There is the option of surface viewing or entering the water in a secure cage. Those wishing to cage dive do not have to be scuba qualified.



Known as "the Coast of contrasts", the shores to the North of Danger Point (Walker Bay) is where the Southern Right Whales make their appearance and the shores to the East of Danger Point (Shark Bay) is where you will find the Great White Sharks.



Farm 215 Nature Retreat & Fynbos Reserve guides you into a beautiful 800 ha reserve with surrounding fynbos fields and never-ending views.



This quiet little fishing village is situated on two harbours where fresh fish is supplied daily to local restaurants. This being the heart of Crayfish country with an annual Crayfish Festival. 

Living in Gansbaai

Areas near to Gansbaai

Arabella Country Estate, Arniston, Bettys Bay, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Cape Agulhas, Elgin, Greyton, Hermanus, Kleinmond, Napier, Onrus, Pringle Bay, Rooi Els, Stanford, Struisbaai, Swellendam, Villiersdorp,


T-off at the Hermanus Golf Club in Eastcliff, renowned as one of the country’s most beautiful courses or take a short drive to the equally pristine Arabella Gold Estate and Spa. 


There are three public primary schools in Gansbaai, Laerskool Gansbaai, Gansbaai Primêre Skool, and Masakhane Primary School. A dual-medium public high school, Gansbaai Academia, was opened in 2010.


Cape Town is under 2 hours’ drive away and just over an hour you’ll find yourself traversing the beaches of Kleinmond.


The climate is extremely mild, with no temperature or rainfall extremes.


GOOD NEWS New Hospital in Gansbaai has been approved and they will start building this year.


For example Camps Bay or Mauritius