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A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Gansbaai, South Africa

General Information

Gansbaai is located in the Overberg region of Western CapeSouth Africa - transformed from a small fishing village into the tourist hub of today, Gansbaai is a naturally peaceful and relaxing town to escape the hustle and bustle that city life brings.  Locals are friendly, the area inviting and coupled with its unspoilt beauty, Gansbaai is a great holiday destination.

Gansbaai has a reputation as being the Great White Shark capital of the country, where many of these spectacular creatures are found.  The Penguins of Dyer Island is also a draw-card for visitors with daily excursions being offered.  Diving is a popular past-time here with many visitors travelling far and wide just for the experience in this region.

Beaches, mountain trails, caves along the cliffs, milkwood forests - all this and more makes up Gansbaai providing plenty of things to do for visitors to the area.

Over 1,500 species of fynbos line the hills coupled with many unique plants species which are striking and gives excellent photo opportunities.  The lighthouse at Danger Point is open to tourists and offers wonderful views over the town and sea from the top.

Accommodation in Gansbaai

Gansbaai offers a range of accommodation options ranging from Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses to Self-catering and Camping.

Activities in Gansbaai

Gansbaai has many things to do to keep everyone in the family entertained.  Mostly a peaceful and relaxing holiday spot, Gansbaai has plenty for the outdoor enthusiast:

  • Shark cage diving
  • Whale watching in season
  • Beaches
  • Shopping centre
  • Dyer Island
  • Boat tours
  • Fishing
  • Water sports

See the activities directory for more information on what there is on offer.

Businesses and Restaurants in Gansbaai

As a tourist hub, there are many interesting and unique places to eat, have a coffee or just relax and take in the scenery.  A list of options can be viewed under the restaurant directory.  Businesses are mostly directed at tourism, however the town provides a well-rounded infrastructure which caters to all requirements.  For a full list, please view :

Business directory, alternatively you can add your own business as a free listing.

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Benguela Cove Private Vineyard Tour and lunch/dinner
Start: 01 January, 2017
End: 31 December, 2017
Location:   Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Bot River Lagoon, Hermanus, 7201, South Africa