My partner & I stayed one night at Franskraal B&B located in Franskraal, a tiny village next to Gansbaai, South Africa. The B&B was chosen for its proximity to shark cage diving excursions and for its reasonable pricing. (Also, the B&B had an excellent rating from Trip Advisor.)
We arrived at Franskraal B&B around 6pm and were impressed with the location of the B&B – right across the road from the Indian Ocean! In front of the B&B you could see a mother and her baby whale playing in the ocean and fisherman fishing from the rocks. Parking our car right out front, we were warmly greeted by the owners who treated us like long lost relatives in from the cold! After an 8 hour car journey from Addo Elephant Park, the beers and hospitality were much appreciated! Sitting on the deck and watching the sunset was a nice way to unwind before going for dinner in town (which by the way… restaurants close early if not busy!)
The B&B is new and has 3 tastefully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms equipped with satellite TV... ideal for couples, families and / or disabled travellers. Our double bed room was on the ground floor and could be accessed by a separate, private door leading to the outside. The room was spacious and comfortable and had the option of shower or bath. I wish I would have had time to laze & soak in the gigantic bathtub built for two!
The owners were kind enough to book our shark cage diving for the next morning and obliged to serve a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs & salmon at what ever time suited us - this being 630 am.
In the morning after breakfast, one of the owners escorted us to the shark cage diving location and pointed out on our map excellent spots for whale watching from the coast. The shark diving company recommended was friendly and knowledgeable; shedding light on the conservation efforts needed to save the Great White Shark from extinction. Later in the day, we went to the spots marked on the map for whales… BINGO! 12 whales in our sights in under five minutes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Franskraal Bed and Breakfast is situated in the secluded seaside village of Franskraal, neighbour to Gansbaai and Kleinbaai, on the water's edge. The accommodation offers magnificent uninterrupted seaviews, stunning sunsets and seasonally you will find whales at play directly in front of your suite. The seaside resort offers birders an abundance of birdlife, hiking trails, local artists and much more. Neighboring Kleinbaai offers daily white shark cage diving boat trips. ... more less
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