When you think of going on safari, you most likely picture bouncing along on a dirt road - not on this one!
Being a beautiful coastal spot, it probably shouldn't be too surprising that the safari du jour down in Gansbaai is all about being on the water.
Just like land safaris, the big five also exist in the water. Dyer Island Cruises are located around two hours from Cape Town and take you on an adventure to spot the marine big five: whales, dolphins, penguins, seals and great white sharks.
Depending on the day, you can get up close and personal with the abundant marine life here and learn about the conservation of each species and the area.
This area is a hotspot for great white sharks (you can shark dive here), a breeding ground for Southern right whales, home to the endangered African penguin and boasts breeding colonies of Cape Fur seals and various dolphin species. Being so close to these incredible animals and learning about how we can help them thrive, is something that is rare and special to experience.
Now, since this special area is two hours from Cape Town, you may want to look at staying somewhere closer. If nature and conservation is up your alley, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve should be top of your wish list.
A celebrity favourite, this luxury eco-reserve is surrounded by mountains, forest and sea - truly making it feel like you are removed from everything else.
In this area alone there are 800 plant species with 100 of those endangered and six newly discovered that aren't found anywhere else in the world.
The conspicuous inflorescence of the Chandelier plant (Brunsvigia orientalis) makes for a glorious display, almost regal. A harmony between aesthetics and functionality. During the summer months, they grow abundantly on Grootbos - a pleasing contrast against surrounding green foliage.? ? Photo by Grootbos Guide @brutanikhul
While there, be treated with gourmet meals from your private chef if you're staying in the expansive villas and enjoy views out of the floor-to-ceiling glass across the ocean.
Take a nature safari on the grounds with your guide and end the trip at the top of one of the rolling hills where you can catch a breath-taking sunset.
Grootbos is a paradise for birding - cruise through the lush fynbos while spotting rare and endemic birds. Watch Sugarbirds flutter their tail feathers and Verreaux's Eagles soar high overhead. ??? ?? @steviemannphotography? ? #Grootbos #GrootbosMagic #GrootbosNatureReserve #Birdwatching #visitSouthAfrica #unlimitedparadise #luxurytravel #theglobewanderer
Nothing at all will make you feel more at one, or in touch, with the beauty and rawness of nature than this place.
For more information visit South African Tourism