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Great White Shark - Gansbaai's biggest attraction The main tourist attraction to Gansbaai since around the year 1995 has been to cage dive with the Great white Sharks. It is said that after Kruger National Park, the Great White Shark attract some of the highest number of tourist to South Africa for any singular activity. During low season approximately 150 tourists view the sharks per day where as during peak season this number easily rises to 400. A shark dive currently costs R1200 per person. There are 8 operators in Gansbaai so if you are planning to do cage diving make sure you choose a credible and eco friendly company. A website with good reviews, facts and stats about each operator is www.sharkbookings.com Make sure you visit this website before you decide who to undergo the excursion with.

Today, Gansbaai's economy still revolves around its fishing industry, but an increasingly large part of it now comes from tourism. It is considered the Great White Shark capital of the world, drawing National Geographic Society film crews and researchers from around the globe to study the wildlife. It has also become a popular whale-watching spot for the Southern Right Whale.

The Southern right whale can be seen in large numbers, especially from the rocky shores of De Kelders on Walker Bay. This is also the site of the old whaling station. The look-out platform and the steps leading to it are still standing. Today whales are protected in South Afric and the descendants of the whalers are now the skippers on the boats that take tourists out for boat-based whale watching.

The hinterland is known for its vast mountainous landscapes covered with unspoilt vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom ('fynbos"). Despite being the smallest of the world's six floral kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom is -with 9000 species- the richest.

 

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