Gansbaai (Bay of Geese) is undoubtedly best known as being the Shark Cage Diving capital of the world when it comes to seeing Great Whites in their natural habitat. Still, it’s hard to believe when you enter this tiny Overberg fishing village that it’s one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations after the Kruger National Park and major cities like Cape Town. People from all over the globe come to face their fears, get their adrenalin fix or merely tick the Shark Cage experience off their Bucket List. It’s definitely on mine and has been for some time – I’m just waiting for someone brave enough to do it with me!
There is more to Gansbaai though, with its’ thriving fishing industry and harbour.
There is also abundant coastal bird life, including the African Black Oystercatcher which is regarded by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “near threatened”. This one was guarding a nest and chattered furiously at me and her mate as I photographed from a distance.
This part of the southern Cape coastline is also home to the Cape Fur Seal although I didn’t see any on this visit.
If a shark encounter is a little too much for the nerves, take a boat trip to nearby islands Geyser Rock – home some to about 50 000 seals – or to Dyer Island, where Jackass Penguins, Gannets and Cape Cormorants vie for breeding turf.