Accommodation in Gansbaai entails much more than just finding a place to sleep and eat . . . unplugging in that PERFECT spot that strikes all your specific fancies is a worthwhile and memorable experience on its own.
The variety of accommodation on offer in Gansbaai and surrounds is as diverse and unique as the landscapes and the people and creatures that inhabit and visit it. Let’s face it – people do not take a detour to Gansbaai to spend the weekend (or holiday) indoors watching TV . . . they flock here to experience the remarkable creatures and features that put this coastal town on the international map!
Apart from being the undisputed shark cage diving and whale watching Mecca of the world, the Gansbaai area boasts some of the most spectacular settings for sea sunsets, and our fynbos kingdom is world renowned. Add to that locally produced wines, beer, fish and farm produce served in style in natural surroundings of unsurpassed beauty, and you get the picture why this harbour town is an all year round tourist hotspot!
The reason and season of your visit also play a role in finding the perfect accommodation.
In summer, sleeping under the stars with only the bare necessities is a delightful option for adventurists and outdoor lovers who love to push the limits. Various caravan and camping sites offer breathtaking sea and mountain views in sublime settings from where one can embark on exhilarating hiking, biking, horse riding, surfing, fishing and birding excursions. The entire coastline from De Kelders through Gansbaai and Franskraal to Pearly Beach is dotted with signposted B&B’s, guest houses and self catering units offering variable degrees of luxury and comfort. What they all have in common despite their difference in price and splendour, is a superb location with breathtaking mountain and sea views – all within walking distance of a beach!
Shoestring budget travelers and adventurists who only need the basic overnight facilities can choose from a selection of backpackers and affordable accommodation while they spend their time outdoors exploring our famous Marine Big Five and other exquisite species.
Another unique feature of Gansbaai is that there is no “bad season” weather wise or for outdoor activities – each season yields its own magic! During the winter months when it’s too cold for swimming or beach activities, the water visibility is at its best for shark cage diving. Between May and November is also the time when the Southern Right Whales trek to this coastline to offer some of the best whale watching opportunities in the world from land, sea or sky. Our world renowned fynbos species also blossom in winter, transforming the entire landscape into a vibrant kaleidoscope of colour and contrast.
The more sophisticated world traveler who wants to experience the best of both worlds can indulge in lavish luxury at a number of classy five star resorts and lodges where they will be pampered pink after a day of outdoor adventure. For a veritable taste of true country lifestyle in this edenic environment, visitors can also enjoy home made cuisine and hospitality at a few guest farms.
No matter when or where you stay or what your needs are – Gansbaai has a place tailor-made to suit every pocket and preference!
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