Gansbaai is known as “The Natural Adventure Destination” of the southern Cape coast, and only a 2 hour drive from Cape Town. It is rugged, unspoilt and beautiful. Gansbaai is all about the warm and welcoming people.
From the spectacular cliffs of De Kelders to the miles of white sandy beaches of Pearly Beach, you will find one of the most unique and astonishing land-based whale watching spots in the word, July to early December.
Or onwards to Dyer Island where the mysterious and graceful Great White Sharks have drawn visitors from across the globe, hence Gansbaai having become known as the All Year Round Great White Shark capital of the world. In the same vicinity just off Shark Alley, you will find an abundance of seals, being the hot spot restaurant of the great whites, not to mention the Penguin colony of Dyer Island.
Back on land, numerous caves along the cliffs of “De Kelders” beckon the visitor to explore and discover ancient secret wonders - while never ending sandy beaches provide for long uplifting and soul-searching walks. In the mountains, various trails can be followed (walking and mountain biking) to discover fynbos (some 1500 species), views that are striking, rare plants yet to be discovered and space that is not yet a luxury. Ancient milkwood forests grace the surroundings and are home to many an unknown insect, rodent and plant species waiting to be admired. The lighthouse at Danger Point is open to tourists, and you can climb the stairs to the revolving light and peer out at the restless waters that cover the remains of the famous Birkenhead wreck.
Amongst the many fantastic accommodation options, we have chosen to offer our personal favourite – The Saxon Lodge, situated majestically above the Gansbaai Harbour, guests take in the uninterrupted views of Walker Bay and the Hottentots Holland’s Mountains, and the opportunity to observe a working harbour in action as trawler boats leave and return with their catch.
Saxon lodge offers you a real "home away from home" experience, with a range of cosy, luxury en-suite rooms to choose from, an on-site pub and restaurant, splash pool, communal lounge and FREE WIFI. Start your evening in the Saxon Arms with a cold local beer on tap or a glass of regional wine, or whatever grabs your fancy, before moving on to dinner in the Saxon Restaurant for mouth watering homemade meals.
The Saxon Lodge has 6 suites, most with sea-views and view verandas, and is decorated in a comfortable earthly style that creates a peaceful and relaxing home from home space for you to rest and recharge.