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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
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