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  • Unique architecture, inspired by a large tree, offers great views over town and the sea from the balconies
  • Most of the spacious, luxurious rooms have private lounges
  • Centrally located in a picturesque part of the Overberg

The Roundhouse Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Gansbaai


-34.5619, 19.357


Setting out with an ambitious vision for their guest house in Gansbaai, Roundhouse owners Dave and Elna used 3D modelling and a huge amount of work to build an extraordinary establishment with a unique design and colourful character. 

Built in the style of a towering African rondavel, the triple-storey guest house revolves around a lovely staircase carved out of a tree, which connects the three floors and leads up to a ‘crow’s nest’ deck with a rooftop Jacuzzi. Every aspect, from the wraparound balconies, to the attractive earth and stone walls and the luxury finishes, was custom-made to create an end-product that is as delightful as it is different. 

Most rooms, including the Chordata and Pinnepedia standard suites, are appointed with comfy lounge areas with satellite televisions and DVD players, while other comforts include tea/coffee facilities, minibars, free wireless internet, hairdryers and kitchenettes. As with all the rooms, Pinnepedia has a choice of King-size or twin beds and a full en-suite bathroom, but can sleep an extra adult or two children on a sleeper couch.

Situated on the ground floor, Cetecea and Astacus are spacious semi-circular luxury suites with polished wooden floors in the living area and thick carpets in the bedroom. The bathrooms both have large corner baths and walk-in showers. 

Carcharias is a luxurious executive suite with a lounge area big enough for five guests, along with a sandstone and granite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower. Its first floor balcony offers magnificent sunset views over the ocean. The television has surround sound, and can niftily be swivelled through the wall when guests want to watch a movie in bed. The suite can be taken together with Carcharias 2, an economy room without a living area. Guests looking for affordable comfort can also take this budget room on its own.

The rooms all provide easy access to the upstairs lounge and rooftop Jacuzzi. Included in the rates, breakfast is enjoyed on the top floor deck, overlooking an ocean panorama.

Separate from the main house, self-catering groups or families will be perfectly comfortable in the Abalone Cottage and Albatross House, both of which sleep six guests in three bedrooms. Albatross is the more luxurious of the two, featuring ample space and surround sound. The kitchens are fully-equipped, while indoor and outdoor braai areas allow jovial outdoor time to be enjoyed in the company of loved ones.

The cottages open onto the guest house’s pretty garden; an ideal place for children or pets to run around in. The garden also plays host to a refreshing swimming pool. 

The entire top floor of the guest house is reserved for the enjoyment and relaxation of all guests. Here, movies and sport can be watched on the huge surround sound projector screen, pool and table tennis can be played in the games room or sociable drinks can be taken at the bar.

The Roundhouse is just a two minute walk from the famous De Kelders cliffs (one of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world) and is equally close to the beautiful Stanford’s Cove beach. Kleinbaai, the base for whale watching and shark cage diving boats, is just a five minute drive away. Excellent restaurants are within touching distance too, with transfers gladly arranged by the guest house. Dave and Elna would be more than willing to tell you about the wide array of other things to see and do.

Rates & Summary

2 Standard Suites (Chordata and Pinnepedia)

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Pinnepedia can sleep extra guest on sleeper couch
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge and kitchenette

2 Luxury Suites (Cetecea and Astacus)

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite corner bath and shower
Lounge and kitchenette

Executive Suite (Carcharias)

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite spa bath and shower
Lounge and kitchenette
Balcony with sea views
Can be connected with Carcharias 2

Budget Room (Carcharias 2)

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

Abalone Cottage

Sleeps 6 in 2 King/twin rooms and double room
2 bathrooms with bath and shower
Kitchen and lounge
Indoor and outdoor braai areas
Deck in garden

Albatross House

Sleeps 6 in 2 King/twin rooms and double room
2 bathrooms with bath and shower
Kitchen and lounge
Indoor and outdoor braai areas
Opens onto garden


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Continental and English breakfast included for suites
Self-catering in Abalone and Albatross
Self-catering guests can have breakfast at extra cost


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The Roundhouse Guesthouse is situated in Gansbaai, just a short walk from the cliffs of De Kelders, and offers luxury suites and self-catering cottages, along with indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. This triple-storey guest house will delight guests with its unique round design, which centres around a stairwell carved out of a large tree. Wraparound balconies and a rooftop Jacuzzi offer beautiful ocean views, while luxurious appointments create complete comfort.


  • Unique architecture, inspired by a large tree, offers great views over town and the sea from the balconies
  • Most of the spacious, luxurious rooms have private lounges
  • Centrally located in a picturesque part of the Overberg

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Rooftop Jacuzzi
  • Games room
  • Nearby: beaches, whale watching, shark cage diving, Danger Point Lighthouse, hiking, horse riding, abseiling, white water rafting, sandboarding, golf courses, wine routes, Strandveld Museum.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service available


  • 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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