During your stay in Gansbaai at the White Shark Trust you will probably visit the Overberg and Cape Town region. Most of our assistants also organise a roadtrip in South Africa during their stay.

South Africa offers an amazing diversity of sceneries and beatiful areas to visit, and we can only recommend that you take some extra time to visit some of these places...

Here are just some places to visit during your stay in South Africa...

De Kelders is a subburb of Gansbaai on the south-eastern side of Walker Bay... This area is within walking distance from Gansbaai, and offers amazing shore-based Whale watching from June through December. We will offer a three hour walk from the beach along the rocky shores of De Kelders through the local caves.
Erlkraalsmond is located near Franskraal, another subburb of Gansbaai to the east. The Erlkraalsmond river creates a fantastic lagoon and the endless beach stretches all the way to Pearly Beach about 25kms from Gansbaai.
Geyser Rock near Dyer Island is home to a permanent colony of about 50'000 Cape Fur Seals, or "Clowns of the Sea" as the locals like to call them. Watching these clowns swim around the boat is always very entertaining. During your stay, we will visit these islands during our fieldwork and enjoy nature!
Arniston is located close to Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost tip of the African Continent. Wonderful beaches and some amazing caves are to be discovered in the area. Arniston is located on the Indian Ocean side of the continent, and the water is often warmer than in Gansbaai, great for snorkeling and swimming... (1 1/2 hour drive from Gansbaai)
Bloubergstrand is located about 30 minutes drive north of Cape Town. This is one of the best places for Kite Surfing and Windsurfing, and the views of Table Mountain and Robben Island are postcard worthy... (2 hour drive from Gansbaai)
Boulder's Beach near Simon's Town on the east coast of the Cape of Good Hope Peninsula is home to a permanent colony of around 3'000 Jackass or African Penguins. This is usually our first stop when we visit the Peninsula. Like the seals, Penguins offer hours of fun just watching them... (2 hour drive from Gansbaai / 45 minute drive from Cape Town)
Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point located south of Cape Town at the tip of the Cape Peninsula is a wonderful region. One of the many places not to be missed during your visit to South Africa. Baboons can often be observed. (3 hour drive from Gansbaai / 1 1/2 hour drive from Cape Town)
Table Mountain can be reached either by foot or by cable car from Cape Town. The views over the peninsula, Cape Town and Robben Island are breathtaking. Very nice walks can be done on top of this amazing mountain, through this captivating Fynbos vegatation. Table Mountain alone offers a higher diversity in flora than the entire United Kingdom. (2 hour drive from Gansbaai)
Cape Town alone offers several days of entertainment... The V&A Waterfront has some great shopping in this revamped harbour district, and the Two Oceans Aquarium is the place visit (you can even dive in the Shark Tank!). Robben Island, the infamous prison island can also be visited. Wine farms are surrounding Cape Town. Take your time (if you like cities)... (2 hour drive from Gansbaai)
Greyton is a small town located north of Gansbaai and Hermanus. Greyton is a very old and romantic town close to the mountain range separating the Overberg with the Cape Town area. Wonderful and magic place to visit... (1 1/2 hour drive from Gansbaai)
Tsitsikamma National Park near Knysna is one of the must-stop-and-stay places along the Garden Route... The sceneries are just amazing, and the park offers some very nice walks. Nearby is also the highest Bungy Jump in the world (over 200 meters), and white river rafting and quad biking are some of the activities offered in the area. Dolphins are often observed in these waters, and scuba diving is just amazing! (5-6 hour drive from Gansbaai)
Tsitsikamma National Park's Otter Trail is a five day walk along the shore of the park... Need we say more for anybody loving nature, wonderful sceneries and a nice walk. This trail must be booked in advance as only 12 people are allowed to start the treck per day.
Addo Elephant National Park located about 70 kms north of Port Elizabeth is the place for Elephants. Close to 400 Elephants can be observed in this National Park through which you drive with your own car... it is very impressive to have these huge animals next to your little car. In August 2003, six lions have also been released in the park! (7-8 hour drive from Gansbaai)