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  • Well appointed, comfortable rooms
  • Overlooking Gansbaai harbour for spectacular sea views
  • An excellent base for exploring the Overberg coast

Saxon Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Gansbaai


-34.5845, 19.3489


Perched above the harbour of Gansbaai, Saxon Lodge is the perfect choice for guests who want to soak up the laidback atmosphere of this seaside village or embark on thrilling shark cage diving and whale watching adventures. 

The guest house offers six rooms, a family suite and a spacious apartment, the majority of which feature picture-pretty views of the bustling port, Walker Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Each of the cosy standard rooms has either double or twin beds, an en-suite shower and lounge area, with Da Gama being the only one to offer a glimpse of the sea. 

The Dolphin double room and Southern Cross twin room are both lovely double-storey superior units with a spacious lounge downstairs and bedroom upstairs, leading to a full en-suite bathroom. Decorated with subtle hints of Africa, the Albatross double room is the guest house’s flagship room, being especially spacious and luxuriously appointed. As with the other superior suites, Albatross has a verandah with beautiful views of the surrounds.

Families can also enjoy outdoor relaxation on the verandah of the Beachcomber room, which houses a double bedroom and twin beds in the lounge area, sharing a full bathroom. The blue and white colour scheme gives a suitably soothing seaside feel. 

The Crystic apartment is a luxurious penthouse-style suite that is perfect for groups and families alike, featuring two separate double bedrooms. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, with the main bedroom boasting stunning sea views. An extra child can stay in an adjoining bedroom with a single bed. The spacious lounge area leads to a large verandah with beautiful views across the harbour and bay.

Each lodging is appointed with air conditioning, wireless internet, a television and built-in safe. Included in the rates, an extensive breakfast is served in the cosy Saxon Arms Restaurant. 

On request, co-owner Caron Lee cooks up some delicious home-style meals created from whatever produce is available in the village, with seafood being a particular speciality. Dinner can be preceded by drinks in the charming Saxon Arms pub, which, among a comprehensive range of other drinks, serves cold local beer on tap and wines from the Overberg region. 

During quiet times at the lodge, Caron gives personalised attention to guests, discussing each meal and preparing tailor-made dishes according to preferences. Large groups, on the other hand, can request sociable fish or meat braais around the open fire. Laidback time can be spent relaxing in the sea-facing garden or communal lounge, refreshing in the swimming pool or watching the fishing boats go about their business. A short stroll will take guests to the harbour itself, where shark cage diving excursions and whale watching tours depart daily. 

The Overberg region is rich with attractions, making for fantastic, varied day trips that can incorporate a host of sea and land-based activities. Caron and other co-owner Dave Sawtelle are conservationists and adventure lovers, and have a deep love for this beautiful part of South Africa. They are more than happy to share their extensive knowledge with guests to make the Saxon Lodge experience truly special.

Rates & Summary

3 Standard Double or Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite shower
Da Gama has sea views

3 Superior Double or Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Verandah with sea views

Family Suite

Sleeps 4 in double and twin beds
Bathroom with bath and shower
Verandah with sea views


Sleeps 5 in 2 double and 1 single room
Each double room has en-suite bath and shower
Verandah with sea views


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Continental and English breakfast included
Dinner available at restaurant


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Saxon Lodge is a homely, well-appointed bed and breakfast in the Great White Shark capital of Gansbaai, offering accommodation in six guest rooms, a family suite and an apartment. The guest house overlooks the Gansbaai Harbour, allowing guests spectacular sea and mountain views and easy access to some of the best shark caging diving and whale watching in the world. The comfortable accommodation is complemented by hearty food from the jovial Saxon Arms Restaurant.


  • Well appointed, comfortable rooms
  • Overlooking Gansbaai harbour for spectacular sea views
  • An excellent base for exploring the Overberg coast

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

  • Splash pool
  • Nearby: beaches, shark cage diving, whale watching, hiking, horse riding, abseiling, white water rafting, sand boarding, golf courses, wine routes, Strandveld museum, Danger Point Lighthouse.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • 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 (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • 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
  • No 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
  • No 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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