Whalesong Lodge on the Danger Point Peninsula
Danger Point Peninsula is ruled by the ocean and blessed with floral abundance. Enclosing Walker Bay, the cliffs of De Kelders are known for the world’s best land-based whale watching.
Around Dyer Island adventure lovers can enjoy magical encounters with the Great White Shark.
Birders, hikers and horse-riders know the unspoilt fynbos-covered hinterland of Danger Point as one of the main sanctuaries of localised and endemic plant-species on earth and a refuge for hundreds of bird-species.
Long stretches of empty sand-beaches are ideal for uplifting walks. Magnificent sunsets have rounded of every day since earliest modern man first settled in the Klipgat Cave 90’000 years ago.
Shark-viewing boats leave from the harbour in Kleinbaai. Boat-tours take you for boat-based whale watching, bird-spotting and to the Dyer Island group, home of the Cape fur seal and the African penguin. Guided 4x4 trips are made through the fynbos-covered slopes of the Franskraal Mountains. A 9-hole golf course, situated in the middle of the peninsula, has spectacular views over the ocean. For land-based whale watching there cannot be a better place than the cliffs of De Kelders. Hiking trails along endless beaches and in the mountainous hinterland of the peninsula and horse-trails meander through unspoilt nature.
ECO & NATURE
Birding there are about 250 bird-species in the area. Best birding-spots are the estuary, the fynbos fields on the plains and in the mountains and along the fringes of the many wetlands and indigenous forests. Dyer Island is a sanctuary for the African penguin and over 30 coastal bird species.
The Klipgat Hiking trail meanders along the cliffs from Gansbaai to the Walker Bay Nature. A hiking trail of a further 24 km continues over the coastal plains of the Walker Bay Reserve to the estuary of Stanford. Guided botanical trails are organised through pristine parts of the Cape Floristic Region and through indigenous forests. Horse riding along the endless beaches and through the unspoilt mountains is offered by professional horse-trail operator.
Fynbos plantations, vineyards and nature-conservancies are dotted along the Fynbos-Road en-route to Elim and southern tip of Africa; Cape Agulhas.
CULTURE & HERITAGE
The traditional working fishing harbour of Gansbaai is one of the few of its kind remaining in the Western Cape. Discover township life in Masakane taste traditional African beer, visite local playschool and crafts centre. Strandveld Museum chronicles the history of the area and has the largest collection of Birkenhead relics in the world. The HM Birkenhead memorial is located next to the Danger Point lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula. In Klipgat Cave archaeological deposits have been excavated from the earliest of modern man to early Khoi-pastoralists. From Klipgat Cave one has the most spectacular views over Walker Bay. Shell-middens and stone fishtraps can be found all along the coast as evidence of a thriving Khoi-community through the ages. Khoi-artefacts have been found in several caves in the area. Elim, our neighbouring village is a 19th century Moravian mission village where it seems that time has stood still for about a hundred years.
AN AREA TO EXPLORE FULL OF SECRET WONDERS!