One of the best kept secrets of Hermanus / Gansbaai is that it has some of the best waves in the Western Cape. Most of the waves are safe to surf although you have to keep an eye out for the great white sharks and it is best to keep as close to the kelp as possible
A nine-hole golf course is situated in picturesque Kleinbaai - home of the shark diving boats. Enjoy the beautiful landscape amongst the Fynbos and admire the spectacular sea views across the ocean. Enjoy an early morning tee-off this close to the Southern most tip of Africa.
Flowers and Fynbos
It is not only Namakwaland who has beautiful flowers. In Gansbaai we are very proud ofour beautiful fields of flowers and fynbos. Gansbaai is centred in the Cape Floral Kingdom where an amazing 9 250 species of flowering plants are found in an area of just under 91 000 km. Some 70% of these are unique to this region. Fynbosis world famous for its remarkable diversity. There are thousands of different species of magnificent wildflowers that are indigenous to our region.
Hermanus / Gansbaai has very good fishing for the most part of the year. Shore angling can net you some musclecracker, hottentot, carp while you can get some bottom, reef or game fish such as red roman, stumpnose, yellowtail, geelbek and snoek.
Lighthouse at Danger Point
It took roughly forty years after a major shipwreck on the coast at Gansbaai with a great loss of lives, for a lighthouse to finally emerge in 1895. A memorial plaque is on one of the walls of the lighthouse to remind one of the Birkenhead, caught on a reef roughly a kilometre from Danger Point in 1852 in the small hours of the morning.
De Kelders, Gansbaai boast several caves. To name just a few - DrupKelders, after which the area is named, has several fairly deep freshwater rock pools, filled by water seeping in from a freshwater fountain. It was known as one of the natural wonders of the old Colony. The Klipgat Cave is the best known of all caves. Some of the oldest remains of modern man (homo sapiens) have been found in this cave. Excavations in Klipgat Cave led to the discovery of stone artefacts, preserved bone tools, and human remains, left by Middle Stone Age people some 65'000 to 85'000 years ago.
Southern right whales spend the summer months feeding around Antarctica and then migrate thousands of kilometres to the sheltered bays of South Africa to mate and calve. They can be easily seen along the Hermanus / Gansbaai coast between June/July and December.
At the Klein River Cheese Farm visitors can purchase a variety of home made cheeses or a delicious gourmet picnic lunch or create their own picnic. Picnics can be enjoyed on the banks of the tranquil Klein River; under the trees on the extensive lawns; or on the veranda of the beautifully renovated Picnic Shed.
As the first wine and brewing estate in the Southern Hemisphere, the Birkenhead Breweries run a small but growing vineyard, winery, micro brewery, and water bottling plant situated in the Western Cape of South Africa. Tastings of 6 different beers as well as wine tours can be arranged.
ArtThe Baardskeerdersbos Art Route
The Artists Village of Baardskeerdersbos is on a dirt road just past Gansbaai. Every year there is an Art Route where people can go into the artists home to view their art, listen to their stories and have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee - it's a personal glimpse at how a bunch of unpretentious, yet successful rural artists live. Artists include Joshua Miles, Andreé Bonthuys, Philip John, NiëlJonker, Amanda Jephson and Nikki Miles, and of course a guest artist or two. The fynbos scenery alone will have you drooling and yearning to swop the city life for that of a simple village.The Stanford Arts Stroll
The Artists Village of Stanford is between Gansbaai and Hermanus. It is a beautiful little village full of history and quiet old charm. A group of committed artists living in Stanford have joined forces to promote the arts, their own galleries and Stanford as a cultural village. These artists felt that by working towards a common goal it would greatly benefit all concerned and therefore the shared vision is to encourage visitors, and locals, to walk around our village and enjoy all that Stanford has to offer, as well as to drop in and see the artist’s creations.
Gansbaai has an impressive diversity in birds, snakes, frogs, tortoises due to the variety of habitats in the area. The Overberg has more than 330 bird species with at least 20 endemic species such as the African Black Oystercatcher, one of South Africa’s rarest coastal birds. Nearly half of South Africa’s 63 diurnal raptors have also been recorded in the Overberg. Angulate tortoises, lizards and rain spiders live in abundance in the town of Gansbaai and you often see a vehicle brake sharply because, walking across the road, is one of these inhabitants. The Stanford Frog Group and the Western Leopard Toad project were initiated in Stanford, monitoring and gathering data on these toads.
Shark Cage Diving
The Great White shark is one of the world’s largest known fish. It is one of the top predators of marine mammals. Great White sharks can be found in almost all coastal and offshore waters which have water temperature between 12 and 24 degrees Celsius. Dyer Island, close to Gansbaai/Kleinbaai has one of the densest known populations of Great White sharks in the world. Gansbaai is the world’s premier Great White Shark diving capital and we have a number of top shark cage diving businesses to choose from.
Seven shipwrecks surround Danger Point Peninsula and 140 wrecks are dotted along the shores between Danger Point and Cape Infanta. The highest concentrations of shipwrecks can be found around Cape Agulhas, Arniston and Quoin Point Danger Point was given the most impressive name. Perhaps it is an applicable name for the spot where the legendary "Flying Dutchman" was first seen.
Take a drive to Stanford and explore the various wine farms-from the rare limestone soils of Springfontein, producing excellent wines with characteristics similar to some wines of Champagne and parts of Burgundy; to the wide range of finely balanced wines grown along the rich banks of the Klein River and the shale hillsides of the Akkedis Valley at Raka and Robert Stanford Estate.