Whalesong Lodge

Overberg

Rooms: 5: 2 twins and 2 doubles, all en-suite shower and bath. 1 suite with King and en-suite shower and spa bath

Prices: R850 - R1,600 pp sharing. See website for specials.
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Meals: Full breakfast included.

Directions: From N2 take R43 through Hermanus and Stanford. Take first right signed to De Kelders and follow down to the sea. Turn right into Cliff Street. Third house on right.

Stanley and Lainy Carpenter
83 Cliff St, De Kelders, Overberg, Western Cape

Tel: (0)28-384-1865
Cell: (0)82-883-5793
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As I reclined on the sun-soaked, cliff-hanging balcony of Whalesong Lodge, watching whales perform in front of me, Lainy skipped back from the kitchen with fluffy cappuccinos and warm chocolate cookies: “wheat-free, I’m experimenting for food-intolerances”. The Carpenters are foodies (and greenies) to a fault: they have just introduced a 'mix & match' platter which features food grown in the ambitious food garden project they've started in a local village, eggs from their neighbours, cheese and butter from local cows and lots of other locally-made goodies. Even their wines come from Lainy's family's boutique vineyard and star hostess Abongi can tell you all about them. The staff at Whalesong benefit from a speech and drama coach, hired to help develop confidence and hosting skills and everyone benefits from the way Lainy has encouraged baking genius Busi to develop her culinary skills. Guests are welcome to loiter in the kitchen, where debates range from how to sweeten sugar-free apple cake to why their home-baked croissants and home-grown grenadilla jam are so lip-smacking. Upstairs, away from the long, homely breakfast table and eco-friendly log-burning fire, Whalesong is all about the water. Bright, modern, elegant rooms with clean-line bathrooms (one of which stares straight out to sea) are under the loving responsibility of Vee & Marden, while cream walls are dotted with exposed brick and images of ocean life. Photo-filled welcome packs swell with outdoor activities and suggestions for adventurous souls; ask Stanley about fynbos trails and the best beach walks.

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Whalesong Lodge
Die Plaat , great little cove to swim in
Klipgat cave in Walker Bay Nature Reserve
Breaching Whale in front of Whalesong Lodge
Boat based Whale watching
Southern Right Whale  inspection
Shark Cage Diving
Gansbaai Fishing Harbour
Horse riding on a deserted beach
Great Fynbos Walks
Spectacular Winter Storms
Amazing  Sunsets
Great Beaches

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What to Do in the Area

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.


OUTDOOR ACTIVETIES

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!