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Gans Bay (Gansbaai)



Gans Bay
Gansbaai, (meaning Goose Bay) was named after a colony of Egyptian geese that used to live by a fresh water fountain in the harbour area. This quaint traditional fishing village is situated on not one, but two harbours where many fishing trawlers and boats come and go daily, supplying fresh catches to fish mongers and local restaurants.

This is the heart of Crayfish country with an annual crayfish festival. Abalone (also known as Perlemoen) is professionally farmed in the Danger Point area, ensuring the ongoing supply of these precious culinary delights.

This area is an area of contrast! Gansbaai is situated in the centre of a number of small bays with miles of unspoiled beaches; nature reserves with over 1500 species of Fynbos; ancient Milkwood forests; rocky inlets and spectacular cliffs with views across Walker Bay to Hermanus and Cape Point.

The awesome cliffs of De Kelders (meaning the Cellars) attract visitors and professional photographers every year from June to December for undoubtedly the best land based viewing along this coast of our magnificent Southern Right Whale.

Lionel & Sue Paeper : e-mail : website

Scapenotes page on the Gansbaai Tourism Board
There are 8 facilities listed in Gans Bay (Gansbaai) below. Please scroll down if necessary:
(The facility with the most recent ScapeNote will move to the top of the list.)


If the tourist facility in Gans Bay (Gansbaai) that you are interested in does not appear above, please feel free to add it. It does not cost anything!

Add your own Facility and ScapeNotes in this discussion forum (bulletin board) regarding Gans Bay (Gansbaai) backpacker's hostels, hotel accommodation, B&B's, Gans Bay (Gansbaai) restaurants, 4x4 routes, art and craft shops, galleries, Bed and Breakfast accommodation, etc. What will attract tourists to Gans Bay (Gansbaai)? What do you want to ask about something in Gans Bay (Gansbaai)? Mention anything that is tourist-related - hiking trails, unusual accommodation, festivals, museums and Gans Bay (Gansbaai) scenic attractions - question or discuss anything that can hold a visitor's attention for more than 10 minutes! The list carries on: birding, rock formations, mountain passes, drives, river cruises, wine cellars, wine tasting and sales, fishing spots, beaches, car hire, bus tours, etc., etc. - the tourism possibilities are endless . . . . .

Anybody can add a facility - Guests, owners, managers, potential visitors, aspirant travel writers, amateur or armchair critics - absolutely anybody. You do not have to be the owner of the facility - you can be a less than satisfied visitor honestly telling of your unhappy experience at a facility. Hopefully a subsequent visitor comes along and tells us that all is well now. (We may edit or delete your note if think that it is out of line, but don't let that stop you from trying!)

Golf clubs, watersports, caravan parks and camping accommodation, cinemas, pleasure resorts, quad bikes, bazaars, theatres, . . . . . . surprise us with what is in Gans Bay (Gansbaai)!
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