General information

Planning your trip to Gansbaai doesn’t need to be a hassle – choose from plenty of accommodation and transport options near the Symposium Venue. We will soon publish options to join amazing experiences in the area which will be available to delegates only.

Travel, accommodation & food

Delegates are to make their own transport and accommodation arrangements. Marine Dynamics will provide a shuttle service to and from the venue to help you attend the Symposium and its events, and a number of accommodation options are available in close proximity to the Symposium venue.

Students: Travel and accommodation grant info 


The Great White House offers a 10% disount to all delegates.
Located in Kleinbaai, the Great White House is famous for it’s authentic, exceptional accommodation, suitable for families, couples and travellers of all ages. The Great White House is equipped with a fantastic restaurant, bar, coffee shop, gift shop and adjacent chalets for accommodation. Enjoy a delicious meal before embarking on an exciting wildlife excursion. 

Panorama venue is offering 50% discounted rates to all delegates.
Located at the foot of the Franskraal Mountain between Gansbaai and Uilenskraalsmond. Beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean are a must see. It is the perfect getaway for families, friends or groups. All guesthouses have access to the Summer Swimming pool, kids areas & all hiking routes on the farm.

There are several accommodation options close to the symposium venue. Many other popular options are available in surrounding areas too.

View the below map to see the symposium venue location in relation to accommodation options.


From airport 
Airport Transfers to Gansbaai, hired vehicles or self drive.

16 December 2021 14h00
One-way transport from Cape Town International Airport at R400 p/p
Transport to the airport after the symposium can be arranged.
Please make sure to book in advance: [email protected]

In Gansbaai 
Marine Dynamics Shuttle service to and from the symposium venue at scheduled times.

Parking at the venue

Symposium attendees relying on a personal or hired vehicle for the duration of the event will be able to park at the venue.

Food & Restaurants

The Symposium will supply tea, coffee, light snacks and lunch throughout the days of the event, but encourages attendees to explore the surrounding Gansbaai area for dinner.

In keeping with our sustainability focus, Symposium, attendees are encouraged to consult the WWF SASSI List if selecting seafood, and to avoid single-use plastic shopping bags, cups, straws, cutlery and takeaway containers wherever possible.

16 NovEarly registration. Explore restaurants in town for dinner.
17 NovIce Breaker
18 NovGala Dinner

Experiences 2021

Marine Dynamics pre- & post-Symposium tours

Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises are world-recognised shark cage diving and whale watching companies located in Gansbaai. Both companies support research and conservation efforts in their waters and are offering Symposium attendees special rates.

*Please contact the reservations team to book at the discounted rates for delegates.

The African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

Opened in 2015, the APSS is a custom-designed marine bird rehabilitation center. We provide temporary care to diseased, displaced, injured, oiled and abandoned marine birds with a special focus on the endangered African penguin.

Visit the APSS in Gansbaai.
We are open daily from 09:00 – 16:00. Daily feeding at 15:00.
Enjoy a cup of coffee and some cake, browse the Penguin Gift shop and watch the antics of the African penguins undergoing rehabilitation.

Dine under a Whale skeleton

The Great White House is equipped with a fantastic restaurant, bar, coffee shop, gift shop and adjacent chalets for accommodation.

Pearly Beach Horse Trails

An excursion on horseback with Gansbaai and Pearly Beach Horse Trails is undoubtedly the most pleasurable way to explore this secluded and pristine stretch of the Cape Whale Coast. Our team of good-natured horses and ponies love the feel of the Pearly Beach beach sand under their hooves, the spray of surf in their manes and the sweet smell of indigenous Fynbos, making these trails a truly unique bonding experience between horse and human.


Platbos Forest

Platbos is an ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa. Described by well-known botanist and author, Professor Eugene Moll, as a “unique South African forest jewel”, this is a forest that enchants and inspires all who come to visit.


Overlandy Tours

At Overlandy Tours we pride ourselves on delivering a professional, personal and unique experience for all our guests. We specialize in small groups or private tours to ensure a relaxing care free excursion.  Lloyd is a qualified tour guide, with first aid and has done an accredited 4×4 driving  course. He has  designed a variety of on-road, off-road one of a kind experiences around the Overberg.   


Visit Lomond Wines

Visit The [email protected] which overlooks the 100ha Lomond Dam and provides guests with unparalleled views of the farm, vineyards and valley. Food platters are available and include local cheese from Stone House, Cold meats from Richard Bosman and trout and pate from our dam.


Fat Bike Tours

 The Sand Dunes Trail with Fat Bike Tours is the ultimate ride from near Grootbos nature reserve down the mountain to the top of the Sand Dunes. The trail to the dunes is special, running on a narrow sandy horse trail through the Fynbos.

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