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  • Simply sublime ocean views over Walker Bay
  • Perfect base for whale watching
  • Luxurious rooms, and fresh seafood dinners by arrangment

Whalesong Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

In De Kelders


-34.5545, 19.3657


De Kelders is situated in the Overberg region on the Cape Southwest coast, along the beautiful and wild Atlantic Ocean. Whalesong Lodge makes the most of this spectacular setting and provides privacy and luxury to its guests, along with some of the world’s best land-based whale watching when the huge mammals visit Walker bay from July to December.

The Double Rooms, equipped with all the modern luxuries, are thoughtfully and stylishly decorated and all have sea views and a small private standing balcony to take in the fresh sea air. Touches like fresh flowers and seasonal fruit to welcome you make guests feel truly at home. The Honeymoon Suite is situated at the front of the guesthouse and offers 180° degree views over Walker Bay, and guests have the privilege of watching the Southern Right Whales from the king-size bed or while lying in the spa-bath.

Close by, Gansbaai offers jaw-dropping Great White Shark cage-diving and boat-based whale watching, and the lodge can organise these and a range of other excursions on guests’ behalf. 

The waters in this area are treacherous and the currents very strong, but there are various protected coves and bays very close to the lodge which are safe places to go for a swim. You will hardly meet a soul on the never-ending white beaches, unless you count the Cape clawless otters, birds and whales who share these shores with you.

Although a bed and breakfast, in season Whalesong Lodge cooks three or four course dinners for its guests, comprising the freshest sea food and fresh produce accompanied by the finest Overberg wines. For the nights when dinners aren’t served, there are various restaurants that the guest house can recommend and book for you.

Rates & Summary

4 Double Rooms

En-suite bath and shower
Writing desk and easy chair
Small private balcony and partial sea views

1 Honeymoon Suite

King bed
En-suite spa bath and shower
Private balcony
Panoramic views over Walker Bay


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Breakfast included


Children over the age of 10 are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Stanley & Lainy Carpenter welcome you to the aptly-named Whalesong Lodge overlooking the picturesque Walker Bay. The guesthouse was purpose-built in 2003 to provide accommodation in a relaxed environment and to share the abundance that this coastline has to offer with fellow travellers. Whalesong Lodge is an intimate guest house magnificently located on top of the rugged cliffs of De Kelders. Just 70 metres from the ocean, Whalesong Lodge offers whale watching from the comfort of your room, and views stretching from white sand dunes all the way to Cape Point. 


  • Simply sublime ocean views over Walker Bay
  • Perfect base for whale watching
  • Luxurious rooms, and fresh seafood dinners by arrangment

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, beach gear, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching and whale spotting.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool 
  • Whale watching in winter
  • Clifftop walks
  • Beach activities
  • Bird watching
  • Wine-tasting
  • Great golf courses nearby
  • Organised excursions include shark cage-diving, boat based whale watching, guided fynbos hikes, and horse riding on the beach


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Laundry service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • 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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