Rocky coastline at De Kelders South Africa

Best outdoor activities on the Cape Whale Coast

Memories are made of this.....

Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails invite you on a memorable horseback adventure. Only two scenic hours from Cape Town, our trails will take you through dune forest and fynbos, across the pristine white sandy beaches of one of the most tranquil stretches of the Cape Whale Coastline.
Enjoy individual and knowledgeable attention from your personal trail guide, Sarah Coronaios, who will share with you her passion for horses and the Overberg. Southern Right Whales are plentiful in season and the lure of a dip in the cool blue Atlantic beckons on hot trail-riding days.
Keep & share your memories: when possible, our trails include a full photo/video package (drone & stills).

Join us for an evening of stargazing

Experience Southern Africa’s stellar BIG FIVE at the eyepiece of a telescope, with binoculars and with the naked eye.
Kos Coronaios, the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa’s Observing Director and Outreach Officer, will show you amongst the many delights of our vast Universe, some of the constellations, stars and deep-sky objects only visible south of the equator, as well as some of the better known gems that are so much brighter in our beautiful dark, unpolluted skies. You will learn about the exciting life cycles of stars and ancient astronomy discoveries that have helped us to better understand our universe.
Comparing western mythology with Southern African star lore, Kos will point out some of the patterns in the evening sky that make up the stories our ancient ancestors told around the campfire.
The evening’s Night Sky Safari is around an hour long and is suitable for all ages.

Cage diving with our Great Whites

Sharks worldwide are in unprecedented decline, hopefully increased awareness is achieved by a close encounter with this supreme predator.
I believe that if the licensed operator (7 in Gansbaai) acts responsibly towards both animal and tourist, the conservation benefits for this species outweighs many unproven controversy’s surrounding the activity. I would only recommend certain responsible conservation proven companies and crew.

R1900 per adult (Hikers on my trail get 15% off advertised price) dependant on availability !
R900 per child

Great White Shark mouth

Boat based whale watching

Get as close as you will ever get to these giant visitors. Southern right and Humpbacks whales often dolphins always seals and many pelagic birds including penguins. Again only responsible conservation proven operators recommended.
R900 per person

Southern Right Whale in Walker Bay South Africa

Flight of the Giants

Fly over your hiking trail from Cape Agulhas to Walker Bay 210km round trip and the ultimate whale and Great white shark viewing experience. An eagle’s eye view of whales, Guaranteed sightings during whale season. Including an exhilarating beach flight not to be missed.

Max 3 passengers
Quoin point to Walker bay 45 min R4450
Quoin Point to Walker bay via Dyer island 1 hour R6000
Tip of Africa to Walker bay 1 hour 10 min R 6960 

Pearly Beach Stroll

This short stroll (2-3 hours) guided by Beachcomber Guide is aimed at people visiting the area with a few hours to spare and offers a short interesting insight into the local marine ecology. Spend a few hours exploring the shore’s colourful rock pools and their amazing creatures, discover Khoisan history and the many medicinal coastal plants on an investigative short walking trail.

Take a slow 3km walk along the Pearly Beach village coastline.  It is not called the pearl of all beaches for nothing!  This pristine environment mixes rugged rocky shores, white sandy beaches with intimate turquoise swimming pools, fynbos covered sand dunes and great whale watching July to December.
Visit the beachcomber Marine kiosk for in-depth background on our coastal ecosystems, then stroll over to the Fynbos centre and fynbos garden where there is an informative display of fresh coastal fynbos.

If it’s lunchtime stay and enjoy Strandveld hospitality in our local pub.

Walk includes special insights into local ecological systems, amazing marine and coastal animals, in the field medicinal fynbos information, coastal endemic birdsedible seaweeds and much more. 

Pearly Beach stroll R 200 per person minimum 4 people (Ask for group discount) U12 free U18 R 50 Normal exclusive trail rate R 150 per person min 4 people (ask for a group discount).

The Fynbos Trail

Highly recommended slackpacking trail. guided hike through 25km of pristine mountain fynbos 3 days 2 nights fully catered luxury accommodation.
Standard price R2600 per person


Forest Walk

Platbos Forest with specimen trees estimated to be well over 1000 years of age. is the perfect oasisfrom harsh coastal winds and summer sun. This is not an arduous hike – gentle gradients make it an easy trail for young and old alike to enjoy.
Honesty box R50 p/p


Quad Trail

Come experience our unique Fynbos quad trail with truly majestic views from our own indigenous forest to the great view on top of Mount Dyer.
No experience needed. Basic training given.
Few hours Price on request


River Boat Trip

Take the slow boat in Stanford enjoy 127 species of birds in the tranquillity and beauty of the Klein River.
R100 per person min 4 people
We also rent out double kayaks and canoes for those who prefer exercise @R100/kayak or canoe.


Klein River Cheese Farm

Nestled on the banks of the Klein river, surrounded by lush green hills and mountains, lies Klein River Cheese, a small family run cheesery, offering a range of exceptional, high quality, South African cheeses for tasting. Summer picnics baskets not to be missed.


Wine Farms

Dozens of first class wine farms in the area for tastings.