Cliff Lodge is a stylish seafront guest house, superbly positioned on the dramatic cliffs of De Kelders, overlooking Walker Bay...

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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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Holistic health and wellness at Cliff Lodge

Published by : Gill
On 2017 March 30 11:50

Crowned by timeless mountains and swept with resplendent coastlines, its no secret that the Western Cape’s Overberg has a singular magic. But you may not yet be aware of the world-class wellness and spiritual retreats based here, and their easy congruence with the landscape is no coincidence. There’s something about raw beauty and untrammelled tracts of wilderness that evokes the qualities many come to a retreat to uncover: a stillness of mind, an expansion of perspective and a sense of awe and trust in the mystery of it all.

Cliff Lodge’s friendship with Tasha Saha, founder and facilitator of one of the leading and most complete holistic health retreats in the country, The Whole Truth Retreat (embed link ( ), means you don’t necessarily need to choose between a more traditional holiday experience and one of focused personal development, either.

Our commitment to helping you get the most out of your time with us means you can hand-pick any of the areas Tasha offers guidance with on her popular retreats - from yoga and meditation instruction to detoxifying juice cleansing and organic raw food preparation - and incorporate them into your holiday itinerary in an easy and flexible way.

Whether you’ve always wanted to explore any of these but never found the time in your busy schedule at home, or would like to deepen your practice while in the surpassing beauty and tranquility of De Kelders, Tasha’s wealth of healing and teaching experience can give you, couples or a small groups an added dimension of value to your getaway. It may even start you off on a new path of discovery you’d hardly expected, kindling new and inspiring potentials for growth.

Maybe you’d like to begin your day on the Cliff Lodge deck with a guided meditation overlooking glittering Walker Bay? Or perhaps a sunset yoga session to ground the joys of the day in gratitude? With early autumn upon us, the changing of the season elicits a natural reorientation in ourselves towards greater reflection and interiority.

Centering practices like meditation and yoga derive from time-honored traditions that place awareness and acceptance of the present moment as the doorway to a richer and more workable experience of life. The grounded silence these activities invite keeps us in touch with our hearts and brings resilience to bear on the challenges we all face. They are also wonderful ways to soften habitual thought patterns and relieve the stresses and anxieties of our frenetic world. When you consider the transformative potential a contemplative practice can offer, making time for inner stillness is no passive exercise - its an act of allegiance to your happiness. 

Tasha’s retreats offer a uniquely holistic approach, nourishing not only the mental, emotional and spiritual levels of our being, but underscoring the importance of optimum physical health too. Detoxifying juice cleanses and nutrient-packed organic raw meals are integral to her approach to wellness, mobilising the body’s innate healing mechanisms and resetting the system with greater vitality and balance.

In the intimacy of our guest house, Tasha can consult with you on your own personal needs - be they more energy, weight loss, chronic symptom support or any of the common areas a dietary cleanup can assist with - and help initiate healthy eating practices to take away in fun, interactive and inspiring mini-workshops.

Maybe you’re not quite ready to embark on the powerful 3 or 6 day cleanse which Tasha’s Whole Truth Retreat programme includes, but you might feel emboldened to try a day or two of super-charged, seasonally fresh fruit and vegetable juice fasting.  The lightness and clarity you’ll quickly notice once toxins begin to move, not to mention the sheer deliciousness of flavor combinations, will be well worth giving the customary holiday indulgence a little break.

Or maybe you’d like to try your hand at preparing your first gourmet raw food feast? Replete with delicate textures and vibrant colour, gorgeously presented and brimming with enzymes and micronutrients, the raw meal and dessert recipes you’ll experiment with are simply out of this world. From sprouting to de-hydration, you’ll be walked through every stage of their creation, and the practical know-how will be easy to implement into a more health-promoting diet at home.

If the Whole Truth Retreat’s invitation to  ‘discover the truth inside’ speaks to you, visit the website   ( and Facebook page  ( to learn more about these life-changing retreats in stunning locations.



  “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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