Kleinbaai & Danger Point Lighthouse.
Kleinbaai is a picturesque little village situated on the Eastern side of Gansbaai and is the ideal launching site for the local fishermen to fish in the Dyer Island area. Stories about the Big White Sharks led to the establishment of the now very popular shark-diving expeditions which has resulted in Gansbaai being known as the Great White Shark capital of the world.
I was lucky enough to go out on one of the boats and I am going to be doing a post about the cage diving at a later date so won’t go into much detail now.
Kleinbaai is not only about the shark and whale watching but there is also a golf course, squash courts, tidal pool for safe swimming and some great hiking trails one of which is along the peninsula of Danger Point which extends about 8 kilometers into the sea.
The many reefs and unchartered rocks along the shoreline make it one of the most dangerous places in the world for ships sailing too close inshore. A hidden rock lurks just below the surface off the Point and it was on this rock that the legendary HMS Birkenhead met her doom in 1852. This rock can be seen at low tide just a few kilometers off Danger Point. Seven shipwrecks surround Danger Point and 140 wrecks are dotted along the shores between Danger Point and Cape Infanta.
All in all I found this a very interesting area to explore and in my next post I am going to follow a group who decided to to go shark cage diving with one of the operators, Marine Dynamics, just off nearby Dyer Island.