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  • Clifftop location provides sweeping views of Walker Bay
  • Well appointed, luxurious rooms provide a great seaside retreat
  • Well located for exploring the numerous attractions of the Overberg coastline

Cliff Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

In De Kelders


-34.5502, 19.3721


De Kelders is located close to Gansbaai, a town which is able to offer some of the world’s best boat and shore-based whale watching and Great White Shark diving, and Cliff Lodge is one of the most spectacular places to experience the natural wonders of this remarkable area.

The five stylish rooms have every comfort, from fluffy gowns to Nespresso machines, aromatherapy toiletries and satellite television, with the highlight being the private balconies from which you can watch the whales frolicking in Walker Bay from June to November.  The Ocean Suite is the ultimate seafront sanctuary, and this spacious, luxurious penthouse has a seafront bedroom, separate lounge, and an expansive balcony with unsurpassed views over the bay and towards Cape Point.

Delicious continental and hot breakfasts are served on the seafront deck overlooking Walker Bay, or in the all-weather conservatory.

In the guest lounge, rare and unusual Japanese teas are brewed in traditional cast iron pots, while Arabica coffee is brewed by Nico and Gideon. The swimming pool and sandstone deck with loungers are located right on the clifftop to provide the best ocean views.

A short walk from Cliff Lodge, guests can explore the Klipgat Cave, which was first populated some 60 000 years ago. The inhabitants left behind stone and bone artefacts, and some of the oldest pottery in South Africa was also found in the cave. A range of hiking trails, pristine beaches and wonderful birdlife are all to be found in the immediate vicinity, and guests can also experience the quaint atmosphere of the seaside villages or take on the world’s greatest thrill - safely diving with the magnificent Great White Shark. 

Rates & Summary

4 En-Suite Rooms 

Each sleeps 2 in King / twin beds
North Room has bath and shower
East Room has bath and outdoor shower
South & West Rooms have showers
Each room is individually decorated
Patio or deck with magnificent sea views

Ocean Penthouse Suite

Sleeps 2 in King / twin beds
En-suite shower and 2-person bath
Lounge area
Spacious private balcony
Panoramic sea views


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Continental & hot breakfast included.


Children over 10 years are welcome.
Younger children only by arrangement.

Why Stay Here?

Cliff Lodge is a stylish seafront guest house, and an idyllic retreat. It offers luxurious accommodation and excellent personal service, with the added bonus of sea views that will take your breath away. From its spectacular clifftop location, Cliff Lodge provides panoramic views over the great sweep of Walker Bay, where whales flirt and laze, and white sand dunes rise in stark contrast to the blue mountains of the coastal range. Accommodation is well appointed with all rooms a stone’s throw from the ocean.


  • Clifftop location provides sweeping views of Walker Bay
  • Well appointed, luxurious rooms provide a great seaside retreat
  • Well located for exploring the numerous attractions of the Overberg coastline


The Ocean Suite is particularly private and perfect for honeymoon couples.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, beach towels, binoculars for birding, whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Clifftop swimming pool
  • Whale watching
  • Walks on the beach
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Shark cave diving


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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