Daytrip Hermanus to Gansbaai

Posted: 2 March 2012 by Jenny Meyer Category: Arts and Crafts, Attractions, Beach, Botanical Garden Reserve, Children, Days trips from Hermanus, Shark Cage Viewing, Things to do, Tours, Uncategorized, Whale Watching Tags: , , , , , ,

Daytrip to Gansbaai, Kleinbaai, Danger Point and Elim


Our next daytrip Hermanus to Gansbaai, is filled with fun things to do. Gansbaai, only about 43km outside Hermanus, is still known to be an unpretentious fishing town, despite the blooming tourism industry. Gansbaai, or Goose Bay as it is translated in English, was named after a flock of Egyptian geese who used to make their home on the Fynbos rich shores.  Possibly the greatest attraction to this pretty coastal town is the excellent shark cage diving opportunities. Remember that Jenny, our manager at Eastbury Cottage will be happy to make bookings for your adventure tours should you want to include them on your day trip. Also read our post on Day trip to Stanford. Stanford is 20kms from Hermanus on the same route to Gansbaai.Gansbaai welcome sign


Dyer Island is a breeding colony for Jackass Penguins and it lies just off Gansbaai’s coast. The penguins and the Cape Fur Seals, who are also locals to this patch of sea, are the main diet of the Great White Shark, which is why Gansbaai is the perfect place to go shark cage diving. For more information about shark cage diving, take a look at our blog post concerning that topic.

 Gansbaai Great White Shark Viewing

Gansbaai is also the proud home to some lovely walks and hikes – the most famous one being the Duiwelsgat Trail which we have written more about on our blog. The town is still firmly rooted in its history of fishing and the fish industry is still the main income for the town where most people fish as a “second job”, no matter where they are employed. Gansbaai still revolves around its harbour and the Abalone farm just outside Gansbaai is a proud point for the entire town. Gansbaai has a number of lovely craft, baked goods and miscellaneous goods stores so taking a drive around the town is also something that could yield great results. Gansbaai is real, welcoming and full of surprises – a great place to start your day trip along the coast.  

On your daytrip Hermanus to Gansbaai, just 6km from Gansbaai is Kleinbaai, the slightly overlooked of the two towns that dot the Shark Alley coast. Kleinbaai has its own assortment of lovely shops and restaurants and is also known for the excellent sea view that is available from its golf course. Kleinbaai is the starting point for a number of walks as well, some which take you to fascinating rock and tidal pools and another that will take you to the Danger Point Lighthouse. The latter walk is a nice one as the terrain is too rugged for even the best 4x4s so the trail is rather quiet.  

Danger Point Lighthouse is 51km from Hermanus. The lighthouse was built in 1895 after the number of shipwrecks that happened along the point became too many. A plaque similar to the one found in Arniston is attached to the wall of the lighthouse to commemorate the famous Birkenhead that sank a mere kilometer from Danger Point in 1852. The lighthouse today stands guard over a shore that is littered with at least seven shipwrecks, most of which claimed the lives of the majority of their crews. The original dioptric panels of the lighthouse can today be found in the Hermanus museum, but the top of the lighthouse still holds a spectacular view for any who decide to go right to the top. 

The last town on this day trip is Elim, a town roughly 60km from Hermanus. Elim was established by the South African Moravian Church in 1963 and very little has changed since then. Being off the well-travelled path, Elim is a quiet little village filled with the typical whitewashed fishermen’s cottages,  exhibiting the thatching craft that the town’s people are still so well-known for today. fynbos is rich in the countryside surrounding this little village. Elim is a wonderful place to relax and take in life at a slower pace while immersing yourself in the history of the town and its surrounds at the Elim Museum. If you want a real show, stop by the church for a Sunday service, where the spectacular Elim Brass Band will be playing. 

 Elim Moravian Village

These towns will make for a great day outing that will find something that everybody enjoys, will spoil you with great scenery and beautiful nature and will fill your bellies with delicious and maybe even unique delicacies.

Author: Danica Kreusch

Edited: Jenny Bowes Meyer

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