Garden Route, South Africa

The Gansbaai area is renowned for its abundance of marine life and pristine natural surroundings, making it the perfect destination for avid nature lovers.
  • Adventurous excursions to Geyser and Dyer Islands
  • Close to Hermanus, the Whale watching 'capital'
  • Various species of marine bird
  • Exceptional Great White Shark viewings

Gansbaai, translated as Goose Bay, is situated along the Southern Cape Coast, about 160km from Cape Town. This landmark destination serves as a departure point for an excursion to Geyser Island and Dyer Island.

Dyer Island is an Ornithological Nature Reserve for many species of marine birds, amongst which exists a colony of approximately 7000 Jackass (African) Penguins. Adjacent to Dyer Island lies Geyser Island, home to a colony of Cape Fur Seals. The channel between these two islands is known as the Shark Alley.

This is renowned world-wide as the place to encounter the Great White Shark. One can either view the predators from a safe and reliable vessel, or for the more adventurous, they can be experienced by cage diving with an experienced diver.

Located in the Overberg area of the Western Cape of South Africa, Gansbaai is considered worldwide, as the Capital of the Great White Shark. Dyer Island presents what can be considered the best place in the World to observe and dive with the ocean's most feared predator.

As well as offering some of the the best boat and shore based Whale Watching. This is because Gansbaai is on the migration route of the Southern Right Whale, and the coastline with its many bays form the ideal the breeding area for these ocean giants. Gansbaai is also located at the center of the rich Cape Fynbos Biome, the smallest Floral Kingdom in the world.

Participate in the ultimate wildlife experience with White Sharks, when you come face-to-face with this fearsome predator in it's own natural environment. A real marine Safari. Whale watching season brings encounters with the abundant of Southern Right whales.

You can watch these gentle giants of the ocean from a boat or the scenic shore! A Boat trip to Dyer Island will introduce you to African Jackass penguins, while the antics of the resident Cape Fur seals on Gyeser Island will keep you enthralled. Gansbaai is an hour and a half's drive from Cape Town. Approx 180km. (110 miles).

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