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Gansbaai (Goose Bay) offers some of the finest boat-based and land based whale watching in the world! From the spectacular cliffs of De Kelders, one can literally see the callosities on the heads of our splendid Southern Right Whales (BIG 1) that come to our coast from July to mate, calve and nurse their young. Whales can be seen breaching and lob tailing as close as 20 meters from shore, or spy-hoping right up to the side of a boat, just to satisfy their curiosity. This is a magical experience!
Photo by Amos Nachoum
Dyer Island is home to incredible marine bird life. Next to Dyer Island lies Geyser Rock, a large colony of Cape Fur Seals. Between these islands lies “Shark Alley”, where mysterious and graceful Great White Sharks (BIG 2) have drawn visitors from across the globe, as Gansbaai is one of the few places left in the world where one can still cage dive with these magnificent creatures. An awesome experience!
Gansbaai and surrounding area has so much to offer visitors:
· Named after a colony of Egyptian geese, this quaint town is situated on a traditional Fishing Harbour that attracts shore and boat based anglers throughout the year.
· De Kelders (the cellars) have the only fresh water caves on the African coast. Take a spectacular hike along these cliffs and through the caves where archaeological digs have uncovered a civilization that lived in this area 80 000 years ago!
· There are miles and miles of unspoiled beaches – as far as the eye can see! A lagoon plus 2 safe tidal swimming pools. We also have a sea view golf course and a bowling club.
· Hike through our hills and enjoy our fantastic fynbos as well as milk wood forests.
· Visit Danger Point lighthouse. The remains of old wrecks, having sailed their last along this treacherous stretch of coast, have found their way to rest along this coast including the legendary HMT Birkenhead which sank at danger point in 1895.
· Gansbaai is less than 1 hour away from Cape L’Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa. En route is Elim Mission – an original Moravian Mission where they still grind flour in the water mill. Also visit Arniston Fishing Village – the whole village is a national monument!
NOT JUST A VISIT, AN ADVENTURE!
Tel. 028 384-1439
Fax. 028 394-0955
PO Box 399, Gansbaai 7220
view from Saxon Lodge
www.danger-point-peninsula.co.za is the website launched at the initiative of the Gansbaai Tourism Board. It describes in detail all the towns, villages and hamlets of the Danger Point Peninsula and its hinterland.
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