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Whales, Sharks and More
Gansbaai offers much more than just a day trip. We have more than enough to keep you busy till the end of days. Gansbaai is Home to the Marine Big 5 - an ocean lovers treat.
Get a shot of your daily dose of Shark Cage Diving - Adrenaline Junkies!
Hike fundies will find more than you bargained for, Duiwelsgat Hiking Trail, Platbos, Grootmelkhoutbos Hiking Trail, Perlemoen Trail, Fynbos Trails and more.
Gansbaai is your one stop shop to more than a life time of adventure and attractions.
History not just a bore, but more.
As a settlement, Gansbaai came into being in the early 1880's. Nomadic fishermen, of whom a gentleman with the name of Cornelis Wessels is claimed to be the first, settled on this coastal stretch of the farm "Strandfontein" (Fountain on the beach). The center point was the freshwater fountain next to the present harbor which provided the small but successful community with drinking water. This fountain was home to wild geese and soon the place was known as "Gansgat" (goose-hole), later changed into the more respectable Gansbaai (Goose bay). The name Wessels and those of other early settlers are still the common names in Gansbaai.
The fountain has recently been restored into its former glory and a plate next to it tells the story of the founding of Gansbaai. Only the geese have not returned (yet).
The "gansgat-community" was not the first of its kind in the immediate area. Already in the early 1800's the first permanent fishing cottages had been built by Khoi-descendants under ancient Milkwoods in Stanfordsbaai, a secluded cove in De Kelders. Human population was not a new thing for the area. Archeological excavations have shown that Klipgat Cave in neighboring De Kelders was inhabited by early modern man 80'000 years ago at a time when Neanderthal man was still the only representative of the genus "homo" in Europe.