Gansbaai is located in the Overberg region of the Western Cape of South Africa. Its name, Gansbaai (meaning Goose Bay) comes from 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 two harbours where many fishing trawlers and boats come and go daily, supplying fresh catches to local restaurants and fish mongers. It is the heart of Crayfish country with an annual Crayfish festival. Abalone (also known as Perlemoen) is professionally farmed in Danger Point area of Gansbaai, ensuring the ongoing supply of this precious culinary delight.
The area offers a number of scenic small bays with kilometres of unspoiled beaches, nature reserves with over 1500 species of fynbos, ancient Milkwood forests and rocky inlets and spectacular cliffs with views across Walker Bay to Hermanus and Cape Point.
Gansbaai offers some of the finest sea and land-based whale watching in the world. From the spectacular cliffs of De Kelders, a suburb of Gansbaai, you can literally see the callosities on the heads of the splendid Southern Right Whales. These magnificent creatures visit the area from July each year, to mate, calve and nurse their young as close as 20 meters from shore.
Dyer Island close to Gansbaai is home to incredible marine bird life. Next to Dyer Island lies Geyser Rock, home to a large colony of Cape Fur Seals. Between these islands, you will find "Shark Alley" where mysterious and graceful Great White Sharks have drawn visitors from across the globe, as Gansbaai is one of the few places left in the world where you can still cage dive with these magnificent creatures.
Another attraction, is the famous Danger Point lighthouse. The many reefs and sunken rocks along Danger Point near Gansbaai make it one of the most dangerous places in the world for ships coming too close inshore. It was here that the HMT Birkenhead met her doom in 1852 with the loss of approximately 443 lives when British officers and crew knowing they would surely perish, obeyed the order to "Stand Fast" allowing women and children to board life boats first. This act of bravery has become standard practice throughout the world today.
Gansbaai is one of the few villages with a vast growth ratio and three primary schools and a secondary school, Gansbaai Academia which opened in 2010, and doubled its student number within a year. There are also shops, restaurants, medical services and a range of other services. For everything else, Hermanus is about a 30-minute drive away.
Gansbaai (part of Overstrand Municipality) has won the cleanest town competition in the Western Cape in two consequent years.
Gansbaai has about 25 000 residents which practically doubles over the tourist seasons and the town is very popular with holiday makers. The town offers a wide range of property to choose from, ranging from houses, apartments, cluster developments, security villages, land and guesthouses to holiday cottages, exclusive beach front houses with spectacular views, farms with fynbos and small holdings, ideal as get-aways.
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