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TThe shark-diving capital of Africa is a major highlight of any trip to South Africa. Double up with an underwater photographic safari. Cage diving is a thrilling activity where you are lowered into the water, in a secure cage, for a face-to-face encounter. Divers don't have to be scuba qualified to cage dive, as the cage actually floats, with part of it remaining out of the water. Visitors preferring to watch from the safety of the boat certainly won't miss out on any of the action, as the sharks remain just under the surface of the water and come right up to the boat. During peak season, between June and September, on board spectators may also see Great Whites breaching – a fascinating and awe-inspiring display of these sharks' unique hunting habits. Whale watching along the Gansbaai coast is also excellent, particularly between May and December, when Southern Right whales come to mate, calve and nurse their young in this area. There are also a number of hikes and walking trails around the cliffs of De Kelders at Gansbaai, which feature caves to explore, abundant fynbos, spectacular ocean views and a fascinating history of ancient people settling in this area.