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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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Restaurants we recommend

Published by : Gill
On 2016 October 27 11:57

Restaurants we recommend

Food is such an enjoyable part of being on holiday and we serve a taste bud-tingling breakfast here at Cliff Lodge. We also have a handful of favourite restaurants that we recommend to our guests for lunch and dinner.  From walking distance away, through to our neighbouring towns and villages, we’ve compiled a list of venues we suggest (and why). We’ll chat to you when you arrive at Cliff Lodge, and make reservations for you at the restaurants of your choice.

Unpretentious and intimate Kloeks @ Home is within walking distance of Cliff Lodge, and offers a small starter, main and dessert menu, with a varying selection of seasonal fare. A few of our guests claim to have enjoyed the best steak they’ve ever eaten at Kloeks – we have no doubt! Kloeks is also well supplied with sea food from the fishing boats of Gansbaai. We recommend Kloeks to our guests because they focus on perfecting a few dishes, as opposed to a menu groaning under the weight of too much choice – plus they have loads of style and charm.

Phone: 028 384 2769
Physical address: 78 De Villiers De Kelders
Dinner: 6:30pm - close, Monday to Sunday

Thyme at Rosemary’s Restaurant is a short drive away in Gansbaai, and is a local favourite.  Rosemary serves a good selection of traditional South African cooking on her extensive menu. We highly recommend the bobotie and hearty oxtail stew, but you’ll find lighter options on the menu, such as delicious sandwiches and salads, which can all be enjoyed in their pretty garden setting during the warmer months. The lovely home-bakes make this a popular place for afternoon tea.

Phone:  0283842076 / 0728844936
Physical address: 13 Main Road, Gansbaai
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 11.30am - 9.30pm

Blue Goose serves fresh, locally sourced seafood, South African beef and lamb and unique regional wines, served in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. A short drive away in nearby Gansbaai, this little restaurant is in one of the few remaining lime-stone fisherman’s cottages in town.

Phone: 028 384 1106
Physical: 12 Franken St, Gansbaai
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 7pm - close

Neil Stemmet is the amiable owner and host at De Kelders Private House where he prepares a chef’s menu every night exclusively for his guests and ours. The décor is tasteful and classy, with thoughtfully chosen music and excellent home cooked meals made with fresh produce from local suppliers. The wine list is a careful selection of the finest wines from the Walker Bay region and reflects the class and elegance of De Kelders Private House.  Vegetarians are well catered for.

Phone: 028 384 1247
Physical address: Corner Hoof & Guthrie Street De Kelders
Opening times: Four course dinner served at 7pm – booking essential & not open to the public.

Dining at the at Grootbos is a 5* experience. Watch nature showing off its best fynbos and sea views while you dine on dishes like ‘succulent beef fillets, seared duck livers with cumquat compote and coriander-flavoured dark chocolate delicacies’. This is fine dining at its best.

Phone:  028 384 8000
Open 7 days a week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Coffee on the Rocks, as the name suggests, is perched on the rocks, overlooking Walker Bay. Gayle and Barry serve lunch, light meals and delicious cakes. Everything is fresh and there are blackboard specials every day. Comfortable and casual, with friendly service and a fantastic view.

Phone: 028 384 2017
Physical address: 81 Cliff Street, De Kelders
Open Wednesday- Sunday for lunch

Springfontein Eats’ restaurant on Springfontein Wine Estate in Stanford offer a slow-food menu using ingredients sourced from their farm’s gardens, including herbs, heirloom vegetables, fruit and other local produce. Chef Jürgen Schneider has held a Michelin star for over 18 years and with his wife Susan they ran a successful restaurant in Germany. Now, having moved their lives to South Africa, their goal is to establish ‘’Springfontein Eats’’ as a gastronomic destination with Michelin star quality. The food features a strong locavore leaning with hints of molecular gastronomy, though never at the expense of flavour. As well as Springfontein Estate wines, the wine list features an international selection as well as the best South African, Stanford and the Walker Bay area has to offer.

Phone: 028 341 0651
Opening Hours:  Three to six course lunch service starts at 12:00 pm;
Four to six course dinner service starts at 6:30 pm
Monday: Closed

Mariana’s, located in the quaint village of Stanford, has garnered several awards, including ‘Best Country Kitchen’ in South Africa – and it deserves them all. Based in a converted country cottage, looking out onto the expansive vegetable garden that your meal is largely created from, the menu at Marianas is a taste adventure in South African country cooking, combined with Mediterranean and French influences. The result? Ecstasy! Book off your afternoon to ensure hours of lingering, enjoying every morsel of their heavenly fare. We recommend everything on the menu, but have a soft spot for their lamb shank and Gruyere soufflé. Booking is essential!

Marianas at Owls Barn - 12 Du Toit Street, Stanford
Opening hours - Thursday to Sunday - arrive from 12 noon.
Regretfully no children under the age of 10

The Black Oyster Catcher Restaurant is based at a boutique wine estate, off the beaten track along the Elim road. Drawing their inspiration from seasonal availability, they serve fresh produce grown in the garden, paired with their lovely wines in a relaxed country atmosphere. The setting is beautiful – looking out over the wetlands and across the mountains, making this our favourite lunch stop on the way to Cape Agulhas.

Phone: 028 482 1618
Physical Address: Moddervlei Farm, Elim
Open 6 days a week from 11:00 - 14:30
(closed Mondays).
Booking essential.

The Harbour Rock in Hermanus is a spectacularly situated restaurant, positioned ‘on the rocks’ inside the Hermanus Harbour. We recommend their sushi, and their beautifully prepared lunch dishes, which range from duck a l’orange, to slow-cooked lamb and grilled calamari. Watch the waves crash beneath you as you sip on crisp white wine with your sashimi, or a bottle of red with your fillet and pepper sauce.

Phone 028 312 2920
Physical address: Suite 24A, New Harbour, Hermanus
Breakfast: 9am - 11:30am, Monday - Friday
Lunch: 11:30am - 4pm, Monday - Sunday
Dinner: 6:30pm - 10pm, Monday - Sunday



  “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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