In spite of the developing tourism industry, the fishing industry is still the economical heart-beat of Gansbaai. The fleet of fishing boats and the fishmeal factory in the harbor employ a substantial number of people. Locals call the occasional typical smell from the fishmeal factory the “smell of money”. The Abalone farm, just outside Gansbaai, immediately on the shores of Danger Point Peninsula, produces this traditional local culinary delight in large quantities for the Asian market.

Body, Mind, Soul and Conservation at Platbos

Working The Body, Releasing the Mind and Conserving Nature At Platbos Reforestation Weekend. What did you do this past weekend?  Sit in front of the television?  Have a braai? Up at Platbos Nature Reserve over 600 people camped over the weekend and spent their time learning about nature, conservation and most importantly planting over 8000 native trees as part of their reforestation weekend. Platbos is a very special place, it’s one of the small pockets left of the old indigenous forest that used to cover the Overberg region with 1000 year [...]


The main reason that the Danger Point Peninsula area has become a premier nature destination is the fact that conservation of both the marine- and land-based nature has been embraced by all layers of society. Conservation in this area is not restricted to the several public nature reserves. Many private landowners have embarked on extensive alien-vegetation clearing operations as well as the restoration of indigenous vegetation and reforestation. By means of these programs, several red data species have been saved from immediate extinction. Thousands of hectares of private land have [...]

#Action against poverty Mandela Day 2017

What are your plans to make a difference for 67 Minutes on Mandela Day 2017? The Gansbaai Tourism Bureau has great things planned and we invite you to be part of and support our initiative: “Support A BARC Dog” Donate 30 minutes of your time and join us at the BARC kennels at 10h00 on Tuesday morning 18 July 2017 as we make neglected furry hearts happy by sharing much needed love and attention to these shelter animals. Food and Blanket Drive - Alternatively donate food, blankets or toys for [...]

2017 International Coastal Clean – up Day

#CoastalCleanUp with a twist, a brainchild of White Shark Projects. In conjunction with White Shark Projects, Plastics SA, PETCO and Ocean Conservancy and with the title - “Cleaning the town centre, before the rubbish gets a chance to end up in the ocean”, Gansbaai Tourism had a bumper Coastal Clean-up. Very enthusiastic and excited all 39 volunteers gathered at the Gansbaai Tourism Bureau on the 16th of September 2017 @ 12 pm. After all needed materials were handed out and a quick discussion on what to do and how to [...]

Gansbaai, a South African Fairy Tale

Gansbaai is not just another salty seaside South African town. Gansbaai is a special one; one that crawls under your skin, pours a cup of coffee for your heart and sits down for a chat with your soul. Special. I fell hook, line and sinker for Gansbaai with one sunset. But there was more. I got captivated by a cave, charmed by conservation, mesmerised by the marine life and inspired by passionate people. And that was still just the salty surface of the special seaside South African town that won a [...]

Whale Coast Residents Meet To Reduce Ocean Waste

The Cape Whale Coast is a place you can go to a municipality meeting, and the entire audience is wearing puffer vests, woollen pullovers and ugg boots. That’s because, this is a place of the sea, and we are extremely proud of our home and its animal inhabitants and want to protect it. Over 200 locals, government officials and tourism workers attended a talk by Dr Jenna Jambeck,  an Associate Professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. She specialises in global waste management issues and plastic [...]

Merry Marimba Staves Off Storm

While June storm clouds brewed outside, the merry tones of the xylophone and drums could be heard wafting up the tourism office stairs and out into the Main street of Gansbaai. Inside,  the Gansbaai Academia Marimba band was in full action, with its members beating away with smiles to match. The merry tunes were so colourful, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a spectacular sunny African day. Over 60 people joined the fundraiser and walk, which raised over ZAR 4000. This donation was used toward their expenses of [...]

#GansbaaiInColour: August Winner and September Theme

Exactly a month ago, we launched our very first monthly Instagram competition to encourage our community and visitors to share their experience of #GanbsaaiInColour. What a successful month. Thanks to each and everyone who joined the campaign in August and please do not stop sharing! Pink proved to be a beautiful colour and we had many entrants capturing breath taking sunsets, beautiful Proteas, Erica’s and other Fynbos gems, even pink socks and hair! Here are some of the pink pleasures of Gansbaai for the month of August: [...]

Launching #GansbaaiInColour

Have you noticed, or should I say, how can you not notice, the glorious display of colour in Gansbaai in winter? The flaming red and orange sunsets, pastel pinks and purples in the sky in the mornings, the bursts of yellow of the Bitou bush and gazanias, our very own Erica in its pink glory blushing along the mountain sides. Or the azure blue and green sea, wearing its moods brightly with the unforgettable and awesome black and white of The Great White shark and Southern Right Whales, to mention [...]

Cape Whale Coast Team Goes To Cape Town Educational

On Thursday 6 July 2017, 22 personnel from the Cape Whale Coast Marketing and Tourism  team set off to Cape Town to attend the South African Tourism road show and to experience what the Mother City has to offer.   Setting off at 10 o'clock from #CapeWhaleCoast office in Hermanus with Cape Town as destination, stopping at the famous Peregrine Farm Stall – Grabouw for a delicious cup of Java.   So much beautiful scenery on the way -  Sir Lowry's pass, Cape Town International, Table Mountain to only mention [...]

De Kelders

DE KELDERS – A COASTLINE OF INTRIGUIGING CAVES, AN INFINITY OF SUNSETS AND WHALE WHISPERS The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever - Jacques Yves Cousteau You are always on holiday when you live by the sea. Imagine a place where you can hear the frolicking of Southern right whales as you step out your house, admire a Cape angulate tortoise cruising up your driveway, enjoy the fragrance of the fynbos and the trill of sunbirds and see the stars clearly. Then [...]

High Time for High Tea

The Gansbaai Tourism team was thrilled to enjoy high tea at Blue Goose Restaurant in Gansbaai this month, which occurs on a regular basis. When we arrived there was a spectacular feast of sweet and savoury goodies, all laid out in an indulgent spread. The room was cheery and light filled, and despite the drizzle outside, made a cosy setting for around 30 stylish ladies to chat the afternoon away. Highlights for the sweet-tooth’s were definitely the thick chocolate cake, simply dripping with luscious icing;  the mini meringues, which were [...]

Tourism Team Braves The Rain To Water Riders

Despite the cold, dreary weather and rain, the Gansbaai Tourism team was out in force, manning the water station for the Lighthouse to Lighthouse Mountain Biking Race, this week. The Lighthouse to Lighthouse Mountain Biking Race is a 2 day, 160 km race starting at the historic Danger Point Lighthouse in Gansbaai and meandering along country roads and through beautiful stretches of fynbos to Cape Agulhas lighthouse, at the most Southern point of Africa. Team members rose early and set up the station with coke and water for the dishevelled [...]

Gansbaai through the eyes of a local

Paradise away from paradise is one way of describing this Natural Adventure Destination. Living in Gansbaai is far more to a local, than the occasional fishy smell, a stopover, loads of activities and beauty as far as the eye can see. To a local it is a way of living, happiness, serenity and tranquillity in the purest form and making ends meet on a daily basis, but with a difference. Getting about is simple and quick, not hours........ On the way to anywhere in the Gansbai area, literally just around [...]


Gansbaai, the natural adventure destination, would like to welcome the #untamed #Cape Epic riders, viewers and their families.  To show them some small town hospitality, the below companies are offering freebies and discounts to those who have viewed or participated in the race. Bellamente Guesthouse - is offering reduced rates to the Cape Epic entourage between 18-21 March (SICILY)  Family unit sleeps max 8 persons (R2500 per unit) (MYKONOS,NICE )Family units sleeps max 6 persons (R2000 per unit) (MALTA, MONACO and IBIZA ) Luxury units sleep max 4 persons (R1500 [...]