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Gansbaai Seafront Holiday House’s Guidebook

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Gansbaai Seafront Holiday House’s Guidebook

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Klipgat Cave just outside De Kelders in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve was home to ancient peoples (homo sapiens sapiens) whilst Europe was still inhabited by the much more primitive (and later extinct) Neanderthals. The spectacular limestone rock formations, artfully sculptured by nature, over aeons, into window-like openings, led to the name Klipgat (stone with a hole). It offers breathtaking views over the Walker Bay coastline and Die Plaat. Enter a time warp into modern man's early home Archeological evidence of early modern man living here some 70 000 - 80 000 years ago, was only discovered in the late 1960’s. These remains, including stone tools, bones, hearths and a few human teeth, are now kept safely on display in the Cape Town Museum
Klipgat Caves
Klipgat Cave just outside De Kelders in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve was home to ancient peoples (homo sapiens sapiens) whilst Europe was still inhabited by the much more primitive (and later extinct) Neanderthals. The spectacular limestone rock formations, artfully sculptured by nature, over aeons, into window-like openings, led to the name Klipgat (stone with a hole). It offers breathtaking views over the Walker Bay coastline and Die Plaat. Enter a time warp into modern man's early home Archeological evidence of early modern man living here some 70 000 - 80 000 years ago, was only discovered in the late 1960’s. These remains, including stone tools, bones, hearths and a few human teeth, are now kept safely on display in the Cape Town Museum
The name Danger Point says it all. As early as 1488 this beautiful but treacherous peninsula on the southern point of Walker Bay was dubbed ‘Ponte de São Brandão’ by Bartolomeu Dias. This was a direct reference to the many reefs under the surface of the ocean, making it one of the most dangerous sea routes in the world. No fewer than seven wrecks lay scattered around the jagged rock pinnacles that lurk in the waters beneath the lighthouse, most notably, the HMS Birkenhead. In 1895, after more than 20 ships had been wrecked, the Danger Point Lighthouse was built to alert sea traffic to the presence of Danger Point Reef. Danger Point Lighthouse is a Transnet National Ports Authority manned lighthouse and there could be unforeseen happenings that keep the lighthouse keeper from opening. It is advisable to call ahead to avoid disappointment.
Danger Point Lighthouse
The name Danger Point says it all. As early as 1488 this beautiful but treacherous peninsula on the southern point of Walker Bay was dubbed ‘Ponte de São Brandão’ by Bartolomeu Dias. This was a direct reference to the many reefs under the surface of the ocean, making it one of the most dangerous sea routes in the world. No fewer than seven wrecks lay scattered around the jagged rock pinnacles that lurk in the waters beneath the lighthouse, most notably, the HMS Birkenhead. In 1895, after more than 20 ships had been wrecked, the Danger Point Lighthouse was built to alert sea traffic to the presence of Danger Point Reef. Danger Point Lighthouse is a Transnet National Ports Authority manned lighthouse and there could be unforeseen happenings that keep the lighthouse keeper from opening. It is advisable to call ahead to avoid disappointment.
Home of the ancient Klipgat caves, pristine beaches (not safe for swimming), 4x4 routes and great fishing spots
Walker Bay Nature Reserve Entrance
4 Normandie St
Home of the ancient Klipgat caves, pristine beaches (not safe for swimming), 4x4 routes and great fishing spots
Unbelievable upfront sights and information about the Marine Big 5! In Gansbaai, we can find whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, and great white sharks all in one trip. With over 11 years in the industry, trust our crew to make your trip educational, exceptionally fun, safe, and unforgettable.
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Whale Watching · Dyer Island Cruises™
5 Geelbek St
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Unbelievable upfront sights and information about the Marine Big 5! In Gansbaai, we can find whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, and great white sharks all in one trip. With over 11 years in the industry, trust our crew to make your trip educational, exceptionally fun, safe, and unforgettable.
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Shark Cage Dive · Marine Dynamics™
5 Geelbek St
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Shark Cage Diving with Great White Shark Tours
8 Swart St
APSS has been set up to assist the endangered African penguin colonies of Dyer Island, an Important Bird Area, where the species has declined dramatically over 30 years, almost 90%. Free entrance, daily feeding at 15:00.
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African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary - Gansbaai
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APSS has been set up to assist the endangered African penguin colonies of Dyer Island, an Important Bird Area, where the species has declined dramatically over 30 years, almost 90%. Free entrance, daily feeding at 15:00.
Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails are suitable for young and old, novice to experienced. Take home your special memories, all trails are inclusive of a professional photographic package that includes a drone video. We are environmentally friendly, adhering to National rules with no vehicles on the beach, leaving only foot & hoof prints in the sand, and never to be forgotten memories.
Gansbaai and Pearly Beach Horse Trails
Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails are suitable for young and old, novice to experienced. Take home your special memories, all trails are inclusive of a professional photographic package that includes a drone video. We are environmentally friendly, adhering to National rules with no vehicles on the beach, leaving only foot & hoof prints in the sand, and never to be forgotten memories.
African Horse Company - Stanford
Groeneweide parkrun
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve™
Loads of fun fatbiking on the dunes with passionate about biking, friendly nature loving guide - beautiful views while biking!
Fatbike Tours
61 Ingang St
Loads of fun fatbiking on the dunes with passionate about biking, friendly nature loving guide - beautiful views while biking!
Tours of ancient Klipgat caves and De Kelders Drip Caves. Underground fountains are found at several spots along the Duiwelsgat hiking trial from Gansbaai to De Kelders. The De Kelders Drip Cave is the lowest lying freshwater cave on the African coast and it is steeped in rich history as well as local lore. Part of an ancient cave system, this magical limestone wonder lies hidden in the cliffs of De Kelders and boasts a crystal clear pool with refreshing mineral water, known for its healing properties. Stalactites reach down from the ceiling of the cave, which is home to Cape Horseshoe Bats. This excursion is both beautiful and educational, with a key focus being on preserving this natural wonder for future generations
Padloper Trails - Tours of Gansbaai Caves
Tours of ancient Klipgat caves and De Kelders Drip Caves. Underground fountains are found at several spots along the Duiwelsgat hiking trial from Gansbaai to De Kelders. The De Kelders Drip Cave is the lowest lying freshwater cave on the African coast and it is steeped in rich history as well as local lore. Part of an ancient cave system, this magical limestone wonder lies hidden in the cliffs of De Kelders and boasts a crystal clear pool with refreshing mineral water, known for its healing properties. Stalactites reach down from the ceiling of the cave, which is home to Cape Horseshoe Bats. This excursion is both beautiful and educational, with a key focus being on preserving this natural wonder for future generations
The Most Southern Tip of the African Continent.. perfect selfie spot! A good day trip and great second option in case your shark cage dive are cancelled due to bad weather...Combine it with a few winery visits en-route or join Gansbaai Wine Tours to sit back, enjoy the trip and good wine & food for the day!
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Southern Tip of Africa
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The Most Southern Tip of the African Continent.. perfect selfie spot! A good day trip and great second option in case your shark cage dive are cancelled due to bad weather...Combine it with a few winery visits en-route or join Gansbaai Wine Tours to sit back, enjoy the trip and good wine & food for the day!
If getting your adrenalin pumping, while you ride through some of the most spectacular landscapes the Western Cape has to offer, then Gansbaai quad biking is the ideal activity for you. These guided tours take you up mountain trails, on manicured tracks and along grassy knolls for uncompromised views of the bay below.
Quad Explore Nature Trails
If getting your adrenalin pumping, while you ride through some of the most spectacular landscapes the Western Cape has to offer, then Gansbaai quad biking is the ideal activity for you. These guided tours take you up mountain trails, on manicured tracks and along grassy knolls for uncompromised views of the bay below.
Southern most forest in Africa, bring a picnic and enjoy the Platbos Forest trail through this ancient forest.
Platbos Forest reserve
Southern most forest in Africa, bring a picnic and enjoy the Platbos Forest trail through this ancient forest.
Overberg Aviation - Scenic Flights Gansbaai
29 Steyn Street
African Wings
The very first Abalone farm established in Hermanus and South Africa by the initiative of local vetenarian. Very interesting tour!
Heart of Abalone (Pty) Ltd
The very first Abalone farm established in Hermanus and South Africa by the initiative of local vetenarian. Very interesting tour!
Food scene
The mouth-watering aroma of wholesome home-cooking greets you as you approach this charming Victorian-styled restaurant, located in the Main Road of Gansbaai. Rosemary invites you to visit her award-winning establishment and savour generous portions of gourmet fare that is uniquely South African and is prepared with fresh, organic ingredients sourced daily from local farms . Memories are made of this and the friendly and highly efficient front of house team at Thyme at Rosemary’s Restaurant can offer you a choice of indoor and outdoor seating to suit your mood, so your visit to Thyme at Rosemary’s will be pleasantly perfect regardless of the weather. The traditional main dining room is warm, cosy and inviting while an airy and spacious conservatory overlooks the most beautiful and sheltered country garden. Thyme at Rosemary’s is fully licensed and carries a carefully sourced collection of local wines. The venue is suitable for children over the age of ten and well behaved pets can dine with their owners in the garden.
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Thyme at Rosemary's Restaurant - Gansbaai
13 Main Rd
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The mouth-watering aroma of wholesome home-cooking greets you as you approach this charming Victorian-styled restaurant, located in the Main Road of Gansbaai. Rosemary invites you to visit her award-winning establishment and savour generous portions of gourmet fare that is uniquely South African and is prepared with fresh, organic ingredients sourced daily from local farms . Memories are made of this and the friendly and highly efficient front of house team at Thyme at Rosemary’s Restaurant can offer you a choice of indoor and outdoor seating to suit your mood, so your visit to Thyme at Rosemary’s will be pleasantly perfect regardless of the weather. The traditional main dining room is warm, cosy and inviting while an airy and spacious conservatory overlooks the most beautiful and sheltered country garden. Thyme at Rosemary’s is fully licensed and carries a carefully sourced collection of local wines. The venue is suitable for children over the age of ten and well behaved pets can dine with their owners in the garden.
Set in the ancestral home of the owner and chef, the Team is looking forward to providing guests, with an upscale yet casual dining experience that will constantly strive to exceed expectations. The restaurant’s simple, yet elegant cuisine features the natural beauty of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. The menu features old classics from the ocean, all-rounders from the grill and the chef’s specialties.
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Blue Goose Restaurant - Gansbaai
12 Franken St
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Set in the ancestral home of the owner and chef, the Team is looking forward to providing guests, with an upscale yet casual dining experience that will constantly strive to exceed expectations. The restaurant’s simple, yet elegant cuisine features the natural beauty of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. The menu features old classics from the ocean, all-rounders from the grill and the chef’s specialties.
Dine underneath a real lifesize whale skeleton! Curio shop and jungle gym for kids. Also the base for departures of Shark cage diving with Marine Dynamics.
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Great White House Restaurant - Gansbaai
5 Geelbek St
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Dine underneath a real lifesize whale skeleton! Curio shop and jungle gym for kids. Also the base for departures of Shark cage diving with Marine Dynamics.
Jonathan and Handre’ cordially invite you into their home to enjoy a gastronomic taste experience of grandiose proportions that will have you wanting so much more. Make new friends at the lavish 16-seater Chef's Table as you indulge in a magnificent five-course set menu paired with the finest wines followed by handmade truffles, espresso and Cognac (see documents for an updated menu). With breathtaking views of Walker Bay and its surrounding mountains, the feast at Benguela will be one you will always remember! Booking for this exclusive event is essential.
Benguela Restaurant
24 Eiland St
Jonathan and Handre’ cordially invite you into their home to enjoy a gastronomic taste experience of grandiose proportions that will have you wanting so much more. Make new friends at the lavish 16-seater Chef's Table as you indulge in a magnificent five-course set menu paired with the finest wines followed by handmade truffles, espresso and Cognac (see documents for an updated menu). With breathtaking views of Walker Bay and its surrounding mountains, the feast at Benguela will be one you will always remember! Booking for this exclusive event is essential.
Authentic “favourite by locals” restaurant with great seafood at a very affordable price, such as fish & chips and calamari.
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The Boathouse Restaurant and Pub
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Authentic “favourite by locals” restaurant with great seafood at a very affordable price, such as fish & chips and calamari.
Coffee on the Rocks stands majestically on the cliff tops of De Kelders overlooking the grandeur of Walker Bay. This private home opens its doors to the public each day serving delicious meals made with only the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Coffee On the Rocks has an á la carte menu with a selection of brunch and light lunch meals. Additionally, they have their famous blackboard lunch specials that changes on a daily basis and offers wholesome home cooking favourites such as spinach tart, beef rogan josh and crunchy parmesan chicken. Sweet treats are baked daily and no visit is complete without trying a slice of lemon meringue pie made with real lemons or chocolate cake made just the way grandma used to make it. The eatery is known internationally as being the best place to watch the comings and goings of Southern right whales in whale season!
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Coffee On The Rocks
81 Cliff St
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Coffee on the Rocks stands majestically on the cliff tops of De Kelders overlooking the grandeur of Walker Bay. This private home opens its doors to the public each day serving delicious meals made with only the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Coffee On the Rocks has an á la carte menu with a selection of brunch and light lunch meals. Additionally, they have their famous blackboard lunch specials that changes on a daily basis and offers wholesome home cooking favourites such as spinach tart, beef rogan josh and crunchy parmesan chicken. Sweet treats are baked daily and no visit is complete without trying a slice of lemon meringue pie made with real lemons or chocolate cake made just the way grandma used to make it. The eatery is known internationally as being the best place to watch the comings and goings of Southern right whales in whale season!
Great food and hospitality with children’s play area and great harbour views!
Tolbos Bistro
Great food and hospitality with children’s play area and great harbour views!
Lovely coffee shop with harbour view
Fynbos Coffee Shoppe - Gansbaai
1 Hawe Weg
Lovely coffee shop with harbour view
Good pizza and jungle gym for kids. Can be a bit hot on the very hot summer days.
Afrikanos Bar and Grill - Gansbaai
Good pizza and jungle gym for kids. Can be a bit hot on the very hot summer days.
Lomond Wine Estate is set in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom just outside Gansbaai and is part of the Cape Agulhas Wine Route. The estate is set on sprawling farmlands that include a large dam filled with trout, a mystical Milkwood forest and a natural wetland that is abundant with plant and animal life. The Tasting Room@Lomond is open seven days a week and there is a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. Celebrate life as you enjoy wine tastings and country-size ploughman’s platters which will keep you busy as you watch the day go by. For the more energetic there are MTB tracks and trails for bikers to explore the surrounding mountainside and valley. Lomond Wine Estate is perfect for large and small functions and events. Furthermore, the estate is family friendly and guide dogs are welcome.
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Lomond Wine Estate - Gansbaai
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Lomond Wine Estate is set in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom just outside Gansbaai and is part of the Cape Agulhas Wine Route. The estate is set on sprawling farmlands that include a large dam filled with trout, a mystical Milkwood forest and a natural wetland that is abundant with plant and animal life. The Tasting Room@Lomond is open seven days a week and there is a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. Celebrate life as you enjoy wine tastings and country-size ploughman’s platters which will keep you busy as you watch the day go by. For the more energetic there are MTB tracks and trails for bikers to explore the surrounding mountainside and valley. Lomond Wine Estate is perfect for large and small functions and events. Furthermore, the estate is family friendly and guide dogs are welcome.
Strandveld Vineyards is a beautiful, wind-swept winery located 9km from the sea. Situated between Elim and Cape Agulhas it is the southernmost winery on the continent of Africa. “Strandveld” refers to the coastal belt of land which spans the coastline around Africa’s tempestuous southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas. Lying almost 35˚ south, the Cape South coast is characterised by severe wind, mist and cool temperatures. This confluence of maritime climate, varying sites and soil types creates the diversity of terroir that distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards.
Strandveld Vineyards
Strandveld Vineyards is a beautiful, wind-swept winery located 9km from the sea. Situated between Elim and Cape Agulhas it is the southernmost winery on the continent of Africa. “Strandveld” refers to the coastal belt of land which spans the coastline around Africa’s tempestuous southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas. Lying almost 35˚ south, the Cape South coast is characterised by severe wind, mist and cool temperatures. This confluence of maritime climate, varying sites and soil types creates the diversity of terroir that distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards.
Klein Rivier Cheese & Deli approx 20 km at Stanford, but worth a visit for foodies and families with young children. Laze on the big lawn under shady tree with picnic basket selected from their local deli. The children enclosed playground area with jungle gyms and animal feed to feed sheep, chicken and donkeys very popular for family with young children!!
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Klein River Cheese
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Klein Rivier Cheese & Deli approx 20 km at Stanford, but worth a visit for foodies and families with young children. Laze on the big lawn under shady tree with picnic basket selected from their local deli. The children enclosed playground area with jungle gyms and animal feed to feed sheep, chicken and donkeys very popular for family with young children!!
Great beer and wine produced at this Estate Approx 20 km at Stanford next to Kleinrivier Cheese Deli! Sit-down restaurant with jungle gym for children makes it a favourite visit amongst all! Great view of Stanford mountains!
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Birkenhead Brewery
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Great beer and wine produced at this Estate Approx 20 km at Stanford next to Kleinrivier Cheese Deli! Sit-down restaurant with jungle gym for children makes it a favourite visit amongst all! Great view of Stanford mountains!
Welcome to The Giant Periwinkle, a boutique winery just outside Baardskeerdersbos near Gansbaai. The small and exclusive wine farm forms part of the Agulhas Wine Route and is a sought after destination for lovers of the pressed grape. White and red wines produced at The Giant Periwinkle, have been welcomed by the wine community and recognised by the John Platter Wine Guide that has awarded its wines with 4 and 4.5 stars. Expect wines ranging from eminently quaffable to connoisseur, true to their terroir at the Southern tip of the Overberg’s wine kingdom. Wine tasting and sales at The Giant Periwinkle are by appointment.
The Giant Periwinkle
Welcome to The Giant Periwinkle, a boutique winery just outside Baardskeerdersbos near Gansbaai. The small and exclusive wine farm forms part of the Agulhas Wine Route and is a sought after destination for lovers of the pressed grape. White and red wines produced at The Giant Periwinkle, have been welcomed by the wine community and recognised by the John Platter Wine Guide that has awarded its wines with 4 and 4.5 stars. Expect wines ranging from eminently quaffable to connoisseur, true to their terroir at the Southern tip of the Overberg’s wine kingdom. Wine tasting and sales at The Giant Periwinkle are by appointment.
Zoetendal Wine Farm just outside Elim is a destination wine farm suitable for the whole family. Other than being the home of delicious red, white and rosé wines, the farm is host to a range of easy drinking craft beers. Stock up on traditionally cured cold meats, homemade preserves and handcrafted goods at the farm’s Trading Post. Enjoy hearty breakfasts at the Zoetendal Coffee Shop and sample Zoetendal wines, craft beers and sumptuous ploughman's’ platters at the Zoetendal Tasting Room. Zoetendal Wine Farm is a nature lover’s paradise, and outdoor activities include MTB, hiking, fishing, canoeing and bird watching. If that sounds too strenuous, you can order a packed picnic or braai basket from the coffee shop and relax at the river, as you watch the clouds go by.
Zoetendal Wine Farm - Elim
Zoetendal Wine Farm just outside Elim is a destination wine farm suitable for the whole family. Other than being the home of delicious red, white and rosé wines, the farm is host to a range of easy drinking craft beers. Stock up on traditionally cured cold meats, homemade preserves and handcrafted goods at the farm’s Trading Post. Enjoy hearty breakfasts at the Zoetendal Coffee Shop and sample Zoetendal wines, craft beers and sumptuous ploughman's’ platters at the Zoetendal Tasting Room. Zoetendal Wine Farm is a nature lover’s paradise, and outdoor activities include MTB, hiking, fishing, canoeing and bird watching. If that sounds too strenuous, you can order a packed picnic or braai basket from the coffee shop and relax at the river, as you watch the clouds go by.
Shopping
All you need from food, toys, on-site bakery and butchery, hardware, braai gear, liquor store and health items. Great take-away coffee made by Barista sold here too!
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Spar - Gansbaai
45 Main Rd
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All you need from food, toys, on-site bakery and butchery, hardware, braai gear, liquor store and health items. Great take-away coffee made by Barista sold here too!
All you need from food, toys, on-site bakery & butchery, hardware, braai gear, liquor store and health items
OK Foods Gansbaai
All you need from food, toys, on-site bakery & butchery, hardware, braai gear, liquor store and health items
Pharmacy, health care, beauty, personal care, hardware and baby clothes & items
Gansbaai Clicks
Pharmacy, health care, beauty, personal care, hardware and baby clothes & items
All your pharmacy needs and gift shop
Arrie Nel Gansbaai Pharmacy
29 Main Road
All your pharmacy needs and gift shop
Petrol station
Gansbaai Caltex (Central Motors)
21 Main Road
Petrol station
Fresh fish sold here as well as take-away fish/calamari and chips! View some historic photo’s of Gansbaai harbour in the shop and newspaper article of biggest Great White Shark caught in 1987 in Gansbaai
Gansbaai Vismark - Gansbaai Harbour
Fresh fish sold here as well as take-away fish/calamari and chips! View some historic photo’s of Gansbaai harbour in the shop and newspaper article of biggest Great White Shark caught in 1987 in Gansbaai
Fresh fish sold here
Ichtus Fisheries - Gansbaai
Fresh fish sold here
Fishing entuashiasts requiring fishing gear and tackle
Fish Fever - Gansbaai
23 Main Road
Fishing entuashiasts requiring fishing gear and tackle
One can spend hours in Koekeloer gift shop..such a wide variety of really crafty gifts that will bring back memories of your Gansbaai visit!
Koekeloer Geskenkwinkel
One can spend hours in Koekeloer gift shop..such a wide variety of really crafty gifts that will bring back memories of your Gansbaai visit!
Pieter Deon Interiors
27 Industry Cir