While it may be known first and foremost as the number one shark cage diving and whale watching location in the world, the entire Gansbaai area has a great deal more to offer than just whales and sharks and sea. The entire area is a cornucopia of beautiful scenery and wild environments, and for the 4×4 driving enthusiast it offers more than beautiful trail to consider visiting on a 4×4 holiday.

The Western Cape offers some truly exceptional 4×4 driving opportunities, with a diverse range of routes to be enjoyed whether you want a challenging trip or a leisurely one, and Gansbaai is no exception. With the incredible land based nature and fynbos ecology, there is plenty to see on a 4×4 holiday here whether you are doing a self drive holiday or want to take a guided tour. For those who want a guided tour, this can often incorporate a walking tour of the area too, where guides can show you rare plants and provide useful information about the local fauna and flora.

Here are just a few of the farms and trails available that are worth taking a look at in the Gansbaai area.

Walker Bay Fishermans 4×4 Trail

Situated about 12kms outside of Stanford, the Walker Bay Fisherman’s trail takes you through the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. This is a scenic trail rather than an adventure trail and can easily be self-driven . The trail gives you access to pristine birding, hiking, fishing and picnicking areas within the reserve.

Flower Valley Farm 4×4 Trail

This fantastic farm, situated in De Kelders is only 13.5 km’s from Gansbaai itself. The farm offers 2 different 4×4 trails, which both have beautiful view stops along the way and a day full of  fun for 4×4 enthusiasts. There is also ample space to have a picnic after your driving activities with the whole family.

Glen Oaks 4×4 Trail

Situated about 60 kms out of Gansbaai, in the beautiful town of Greyton, The Glen Oaks 4×4 Trail runs through a working fruit and livestock farm. This course is quite tricky and is often used as an obstacle course, so definitely geared more for the adventurer and not the leisure driver!

Groot Toren Eco Experience 4×4 Trail

This trail is the furtherest out of the Gansbaai area, located 88 kms away in the town of McGregor. This trail is an unchallenging 25km route with spectacular viewpoints, but still requires low range and high clearance vehicles to participate.