Area Activities

* Whale watching in the bay of Vleesbaai and at Fransmanshoek. Between June and November the well-known Southern Right Whales provide endless entertainment as they play and frolic in the surf - so close that they can easily be followed with the naked eye. Dolphins are equally at home in the bay and can often be seen hunting for food or playfully surfing the waves.

* The spectacular Cango Caves, as well as the ostrich and crocodile farms in Oudtshoorn are only 150 km from Vleesbaai. The scenic route along the Outeniqua mountains make it a popular day trip.

* Swimming, snorkelling and surfing in the warm Indian Ocean. The secluded Vleesbaai area is known amongst some privileged surfers as the best kept secret in South Africa. The water is ideal for surfing and snorkelling and thanks to the relative safety of the beach, children can swim and play carefree in the surf.

* The pristine beach stretches over several kilometres and is the ideal venue for kite-surfing and wind-sailing.

* Rock and surf angling on the beach and rocks at Vleesbaai. The whole area is known as a fishing paradise. Other popular angling spots in the vicinity include Visbaai (3 km), Fransmanshoek (3 km), Fonteintjies (3 km), Kanon (20 km) and Gouritsmond (25 km). Fransmanshoek (between Vleesbaai and Visbaai) was named after the French war ship La Fortune that stranded there in 1763. According to legend the beach is haunted because many of the ship's crew members who died there were buried in sandy graves on the shore.

* Deep sea fishing in Mossel Bay (25 km).

* 4x4 Dune Route at Riekie's Farm (1 km). Wood and pork products can also be bought on the farm.

*Tennis, squash, golf. The nearest tennis and squash courts are at Boggomsbaai (8 km), but there are also courts and golf courses in Mossel Bay (Pinnacle Point) and Hartenbos. The more serious golf players who need a bigger challenge can easily drive the 80 km to George to test their steel on the world famous Fancourt course.

*Coastal Hiking trail from Mosselbay, Danabaai, Boggomsbaai, Kanon to Gouritsmond. The 4-day Oystercatcher trail has been applauded as one of the top hiking experiences in the world by the BBC in their book “Unforgettable walks to take before you die.” It is also one of the top 5 Hiking Trails in South Africa. The main focus of the hike is the habits and plight of the endangered African Black Oystercatcher. The rich variety of marine species and other mammals, as well as the impressive sand dunes, rare plants and birds along the route make it an awesome educational experience.

* Shell-collecting. Vleesbaai and surrounding beaches are renowned for the abundance of beautiful shells being washed out on the shore. In certain places heaps of shells can still be found which were presumably left there by earlier inhabitants.

* Sightseeing trips. Day trips to some of the many tourist attractions in the region are the ideal solution for the odd bad weather day. Places within a radius of 100 km from Vleesbaai that are definitely worth visiting include the Aloe factories at Albertinia, the Reins Nature- and Game Reserve, the Poort Wine Cellars, as well as the museums, historical St Blaize cave and the Post Office Tree in Mossel Bay.

* Whether you prefer a leisurely, romantic beach stroll at sunset or a vigorous early-morning dune-run, you will battle to find a more idyllic venue. Come explore the beauty of a conserved coastline where ancient dunes, rocks and caves still guard the secrets of earlier inhabitants like the Khoisan and where endangered species like the Oystercatcher still breeds and feeds in peace.