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© James Boyce© James BoyceThis small fishing village seems to snooze under a cloak of sleepy country torpor but it really does have much to offer. It’s on the other side of Walker Bay from the far bigger, far busier and much better known Hermanus. And, just like its smarter cousin across the bay, this little town is a favourite haunt of our largest tourists – the southern right whales who head up here to escape the Antarctic winter. The whales arrive around late June, usually, and stay until about October. Apart from the whales, there is good fishing and the area is renowned for its wonderful flowers in spring. There are lovely mountain and beach walks and, of course, this is a great spot for seafood fans. Gansbaai is also the centre of South Africa’s shark cage diving industry.

Gansbaai is about 100km from Hermanus, on the coastal R43 and is a good stop en route to Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa, but it will involve driving on some good quality unpaved roads. It is just over two hour’s drive from Cape Town.

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