Gansbaai, the natural adventure destination, is home to the highest density of Great White Sharks in the world and from July to December, the temporary home for the Southern Right Whales, who come to our shore to mate, birth and raise their young. These two spectacular marine creatures draw visitors and film crews from all over the world.
Originally, and still, a vibrant fishing village, locals have a strong relationship with the sea and the harbour is still the point of gravity in town for fishing and boating. If you need a craftsman on the first day of the lobster season, forget about it, they are out fishing. In almost every drive-way in Gansbaai, you can see a trailer with a boat parked next to the family car.
In spite of the developing tourism industry, the fishing industry is still the economic heart-beat of Gansbaai. The fleet of fishing boats and the fish canning and fishmeal factory in the harbour employ a substantial number of people from local communities. It is a great point of interest as the fishing trawlers leave harbour to return later with their daily catch to unload into the factory or waiting trucks, providing a vibrant bustling atmosphere. It is little wonder and with gratitude that we sometimes have the smell of fish in the air as the factory fires up to process and package its produce to meet market demands. A number of Abalone farms provide another level of employment and income for the village, which produces and cans this traditional local culinary delight sought after in Asian countries.