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Danger Point, Whale Coast


Danger Point (Gansbaai & surrounds) is an area ruled by the ocean and blessed with floral abundance. Everything here seems wild and adventurous, the expansive hinterland, the towering cliffs, the Great White Sharks, the ancient caves, the fishermen and even the magnificent sunsets that have rounded off every day since earliest modern man first sat in the Klipgat Cave 90000 years ago.

People come here from all over the world to experience pure nature and to commune with two magnificent beasts - the Great White Shark and the Southern Right Whale.

Life in Gansbaai is still intrinsic to the ocean. In 1990 South Africa was the first country in the world to protect the Great White Shark and Gansbaai has become renowned as the Great White Shark capital of the world.

Kleinbaai, 4 km from Gansbaai, is filled with milkwood trees found only along the southern African coast. It has a tidal pool and a sea-view golf course and is the site of Gansbaai's second harbour. Kleinbaai is also the meeting point for those wanting to go Great White Shark diving or boat based whale watching.

Franskraal, 7 km from Gansbaai, is one of the last ancient milkwood forests left in the world. It is popular for its shore angling and is a botanist's dream. An absolute must for story-lovers and historians is a visit to the Franskraal Museum. Uilenskraalsmond is situated at the mouth of the Uilenskraal River and its caravan park and lagoon have made it a popular holiday spot.

To the East of Gansbaai lies the tiny village of Baardskeerdersbos which offers very little civilisation except for a small store selling chips, coffee and such-like, an old double-storey bus used as a holiday home an a couple of cottages.