The Coastal Journey

The Coastal Journey

Discover the earliest forms of art and technology

Gansbaai is a place where the sea comes to life. The town offers some of the world’s best white shark-cage diving, boat and shore-based whale watching, and fishing spots.

These marine attractions should not be the only things to lure you, however. Some of the best-conserved fynbos (Cape flora) adorns the mountains in the area and a variety of walks and trails crisscross it, affording spectacular views across the bay.

Numerous caves along the cliffs of De Kelders beckon visitors to explore and discover ancient secret wonders – while the never-ending sandy beaches of Pearly Beach provide long, uplifting and soul-searching walks. Ancient milkwood forests grace the surroundings and are home to many insects, rodents and plant species waiting to be admired.

There is so much to do and see in the greater Gansbaai area that a day trip will not suffice. Choose one of the many accommodation options and spend time exploring the area to discover it hidden gems. The various restaurants provide tasty and traditional meals.

There is no better way to end off a superb day in Gansbaai than to sip a sundowner while watching an exquisite sunset.

Highlights

  • Klipgat Cave
  • Grootbos – Klipgat cave foraging
  • Marine Big Five
  • Whale watching
  • African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary
  • De Kelders drip cave
  • Walker Bay Nature Reserve
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Cape Town
50km to next stop

Cape Town’s story begins with the birth of Table Mountain 800-million years ago and the discovery of human footprints dating back 117 000 years. Today it’s a colourful and harmonious fusion of ethnic diversity.

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Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, Stellenbosch
6km to next stop

The seven-hectare Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch, is set among lush indigenous vegetation. The project was born in 2009 when its creator, the artist Dylan Lewis, started shaping the contours of the garden.

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Dine with a local, Stellenbosch
420km to next stop

The Stellenbosch 360 tourism initiative’s Kayamandi Township Tour and Dine With a Local experience offers visitors to Stellenbosch the chance to dine with locals from different backgrounds and learn about their daily lives, stories, hopes and aspirations.

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Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn
93km to next stop

Recent archeological finds have shown that humans lived and sheltered in the Cango Caves for at least 80 000 years.

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Dine with locals, George
95km to next stop

Book a two-hour Dine with a Local experience through the George Tourism office to share a home-cooked meal with locals and enjoy music, poetry or dancing together.

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Nelson Bay Cave, Plettenberg Bay
141km to next stop

Make your way to the scenic coastal holiday town of Plettenberg Bay to track some more fascinating Stone Age cave discoveries at Nelson Bay in the spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve, jutting 1.8km out into the sea.

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Cape St Blaize Cave, Mossel Bay
9km to next stop

The cave at Cape St Blaize, above the area’s lighthouse, is the site of some of South Africa’s first archaeological excavations. More recently, parts of the cave were explored by scientists as part of the major Mossel Bay Archaeology Project.

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Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay
110km to next stop

Step back in time and imagine the lifestyle of the Middle Stone Age people who lived at Pinnacle Point, a provincial heritage site south of Mossel Bay on the Garden Route, between 170 000 and 40 000 years ago.

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Blombos Cave, Stilbaai
29km to next stop

At Blombos Cave, researchers have found unquestionable proof of Homo sapiens – or “modern intelligent human beings” – living in the area around 77 000 to 133 000 years ago.

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Tidal fish traps, Stilbaai
218km to next stop

At Stilbaai, more than 20 ancient stonewalled fish traps represents the technological evolution of early fishing practices in the area.

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Waenhuiskrans Cave
110km to next stop

Continue your exploration at the picturesque seaside town of Waenhuiskrans, also known as Arniston, about 25km from Bredasdorp.

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Klipgat Cave, De Kelders
30km to next stop

Access the two chambers of Klipgat Cave, located a stone’s throw from the seaside village of De Kelders near Gansbaai, via the Walker Bay Nature Reserve.

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Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Stanford
160km to next stop

The 246ha Phillipskop Mountain Reserve lies on the southerly slopes of the Klein River Mountains 10km east of Stanford. This is where you will find Phillipskop Cave, a local rock heritage site.

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