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  • Offers great comfort and value for money
  • Walking distance from the quaint little harbour
  • A great base for exploring the Overberg

White Shark Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Gansbaai


-34.6153, 19.3523


Situated on the outskirts of Gansbaai, the little village of Kleinbaai deserves immense credit for putting this part of the Western Cape on the tourist map. Its lovely natural harbour is the launch-pad for the shark cage diving trips which have made Gansbaai the great white shark capital of the world, while the whale watching is pretty spectacular too.

The appropriately-named White Shark Guest House is 400 metres from the harbour, making it the ideal base for those who want the unrivalled thrill of coming face-to-face with the world’s largest predatory fish. With a variety of other activities available in the area, less intrepid guests can still enjoy a wonderful seaside holiday at this comfortable home-away-from-home. 

The guest house is decorated with a pleasing South African mix of rustic and contemporary features, and contains five individually-decorated rooms appointed with satellite televisions, free wireless internet, hairdryers, heaters and safes. 

On the top floor, Flamingo’s Nest offers plenty of romanticism for honeymooners, at a very affordable price. Decorated in white and turquoise, offset by brick walls and pine ceilings, this very spacious room has a four-poster King-size bed and big en-suite bathroom with a spa bath, shower and double basins. Large windows offer picturesque views of the ocean, which can also be enjoyed from the private balcony.

Leopard’s Lair has a king-size bed and comes with a full en-suite bathroom. The King-size bed in Lion’s Den can be changed to twins for those who prefer, and its modern en-suite bathroom comes with a shower. Guests can enjoy beautiful mountain views. 

Downstairs, the Gecko luxury room offers a modern full en-suite bathroom and ocean views and comes with a private deck. Also on the first floor, Hippo Hollows is lightest on the pocket but boasts all the comfort of the other rooms, although the bathroom only has a shower.

The guest house’s spacious top floor lounge offers magnificent views of the ocean, which can be savoured while reclining on exceptionally comfortable couches. On rainy days, this warm space is a great place to play chess or indulge in a glass of red wine. The breathtaking ocean sunsets make this a perfect place to end the day with a drink in hand on the balcony.

Breakfast vouchers are provided for all guests to enjoy their breakfast at the Great White House Restaurant across the road, which also offers great meals throughout the day, serving everything from fresh seafood to juicy steaks in a dining room overseen by the huge skeleton of a Southern Right Whale. Conveniently, a fully-equipped kitchen is available at the guest house for guests who want to prepare their own lunches and dinners. Built-in facilities allow braais to be enjoyed inside, no matter what mood the Cape weather is in. 

Apart from the exceptional shark cage diving and whale watching, Kleinbaai offers golden beaches, safe tidal pools and spectacular hiking trails, all within a short walk or drive from the guest house.

Golfers can claim the unique distinction of playing on Africa’s southernmost course, which is 900 metres away. Well worth a visit, the Danger Point Lighthouse and Strandveld Museum give a vivid insight into the area’s most historically-significant moments. The rest of the Overberg is bursting with remarkable things to discover, and White Shark’s staff are happy to help with the planning of day trips.

Rates & Summary

Flamingo’s Nest

Top floor room
Sleeps 2 in four poster King-size bed
En-suite spa bath, shower and double basins
Ocean views


Ground floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Ocean views

Hippo Hollows

First floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Mountain views

Lion’s Den

Top floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Mountain views

Leopard’s Lair

Top floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower


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Continental and English breakfast included
Communal kitchen for preparing lunch and dinner
Braai facilities are available


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the peaceful seaside village of Klein Baai on the Western Cape’s beautiful Danger Point peninsula, White Shark Guest House is a comfortable bed and breakfast with five individually-decorated guest rooms. The guest house offers affordable, tastefully-decorated accommodation and ocean views, and is within easy walking distance of the Kleinbaai harbour, where guests can embark on shark cage diving and whale watching trips.


  • Offers great comfort and value for money
  • Walking distance from the quaint little harbour
  • A great base for exploring 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

  • 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

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge and freezer


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

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

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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