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Gansbaai
is located on the Whale Coast in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Gansbaai is a honest little town which lies on the coast around 120km east of Cape Town. Set around a modest commercial fishing port, it is generally of only passing interest to most travellers.

Across the peninsular to the south, Kleinbaai is a much smaller port which lays claim to being the world's centre for shark cage diving, as well as offering some of the best boat-based whale-watching off the Dyer Island Marine Reserve.

Neither of these two towns contain any recommended accommodation, the best options all lie to the north and west ...

Cliff Lodge ... is probably the best accommodation option in the cliff top suburb of De Kelders immediately to the north of Gansbaai, an area well known for shore-based whale watching.

Grootbos Garden Lodge ... is an upmarket property set amongst beautiful fynbos vegetation on a hillside a few kilometres inland from the ocean and offering an unusually broad range of fascinating activities.

Grootbos Forest Lodge ... is a similarly upmarket property but with a more contemporary design, also set amongst beautiful fynbos vegetation on a hillside a few kilometres inland from the ocean and offering an unusually broad range of fascinating activities.

Farm 215 ... is a similar property to the above, but further back from the ocean and considerably lower cost.


Between Hermanus and Gansbaai the main road diverts inland to detour around a large freshwater lagoon and the pleasant village of Stanford.

This is a relatively undeveloped stretch of coast, with a nature reserve running virtually the whole length of the broad Walker Bay, with its beautiful dune-backed beaches. Inland areas are a mix of natural fynbos vegetation and pleasant farmland, with a backdrop of impressive granite mountains.

Stanford itself is a pleasantly low key little town with quaint tea shops and art studios, very pleasant contrast to the more heavily developed areas round about.

Mosaic Lagoon Lodge ... is the stand-out accommodation option in this area, set on the pretty dirt road that runs from the back end of the village towards the lagoon and remote beaches.
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