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Walk to beautiful white beaches in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and swim in hidden coves.

Cliff Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and excellent personal service, with sea views that will take your breath away.

De Kelders offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world. The Southern Right Whales come very close inshore to the sheltered deep waters between June and December each year.

Cliff walks, beach combing, and hikes in the mountains around Gansbaai to explore the bird life and fynbos.

Klipgat cave is a short walk from Cliff Lodge, on a beautiful beach in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. This is one of the most important cultural assets in the Western Cape. One can visit this cave and see how the Khoisan’s way of life set the blueprint for our first steps out of Africa.
The wild, beautiful ocean of Walker Bay offers a unique eco-experience – this is truly the Kruger National Park of marine tourist attractions in South Africa! A variety of whales, Great White Sharks, Cape fur Seals, dolphins, and extensive bird and fish populations thrive in these waters.
De Kelders is the whale watching mecca of the Western Cape, and has what is arguably the best land based whale watching in the world.

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Winter in the Western Cape

Published by : Gill
On 2013 March 14 16:03
Autumn is our favourite time in De Kelders. The days are warm and sunny, without being too hot. The wind drops and the average temperature is 20 degrees C. The vineyards of the Overberg turn to burnished gold and red, and the slopes of the mountains are full of colour.

Winter here is dramatic – most days the sea is wild and the wave watching is superb. This time of year is called the ‘green season’ in the Western Cape because it’s the rainy season, and the Cape Floral Kingdom comes to life. Because of its proximity to the sea, and the warming influence of the ocean currents, the climate of the De Kelders area is mild. Frost is rare, and temperatures are not extreme. The average winter temperature is 17 degrees C, and it can rise to 25 degrees.

Winter also sees the start of the whale season along the Overberg coast. This area offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world between June and November. De Kelders is one of the prime whale ‘nursery’ areas for Southern Right whales, with its sheltered coves, and gently sloping sandy sea bed.

Winter is also the best season to view Great White Sharks in Gansbaai, with peak shark season from April to October. Great White diving has great value for conservation, as for the first time the Great White is worth exponentially more alive than dead! For many, seeing the majestic Great White in its natural habitat is a life-changing experience – their fear of these sharks having been transformed to fascination and admiration. We therefore believe that Great White tourism in Gansbaai has brought about a positive conservation victory for the sharks.

Cliff Lodge has an ideal location for enjoying all that winter in the Western Cape has to offer.

  • You can watch the gentle Southern Right Whales from the comfort of our sea front conservatory, and enjoy the spectacle of the wild winter sea while sampling our superb cappuccinos in front of the fire in the guest lounge.
  • The shark viewing boats leave from nearby Kleinbaai – a short drive from Cliff Lodge.
  • Hiking in the Overberg mountains or along the rugged De Kelders coastline is also a treat in the winter months with cool weather and a proliferation of fynbos.
  • Horse riding through the fynbos or along deserted beaches in the winter months is also fantastic.

To encourage you to visit the Overberg this winter, we are offering a 20% discount on two night stays, and 25% on three nights or more when booking direct. Winter is truly the ‘green season’ – fewer people, beautiful landscapes, whales, sharks and great deals on accommodation and activities.



  “Simply this: The most beautiful view of the ocean, any ocean in the world”
David Doubilet National Geographic USA

“ From De Kelders there is a superb view over the great sweep of Walker Bay where whales flirt and laze, and white sand dunes rise in strange contrast to the blue mountains of the coastal range.”
T.V. Bulpin; Discovering Southern Africa

“…this little town is able to offer some of the world’s best boat and shore-based whale watching and unquestionably the world’s best white-shark diving. The sensational marine tourist attractions should not be the only things to lure you, however. Some of the Cape’s best-conserved fynbos adorns the mountains in the area and numerous walks and trails criss-cross it. After a week spent wandering the streets of Gansbaai and its surroundings, we can comfortably say that this, truly, is the gem of the Overberg.”
Cameron Ewart-Smith; Getaway Magazine March 2003


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