This place is amazing! We arrived in Gansbaai late one evening (about 9:30), hoping to get some cage diving arranged for the following day. We drove through town and out the other side before we realised we'd arrived, and couldn't see any guest houses on the main road, so we stopped at a restaurant called Tolbos, and asked for advice. This is when everything started to go right!
The owners told us that a couple of their friends (Richard & Mary) had recently opened a guest house, called Umnenge Lodge, and it sounded really nice. They phoned the owners who explained that it's a little tricky to find in the dark, so they offered to drive out to the restaurant and guide us back (after we'd had dinner, of course!), which they did.
When we arrived it was getting on for 11, but this didn't seem to phase Richard who got on the phone to a couple of dive boat companies to try to arrange a trip to cage-dive with great white sharks the following day, while we sat at their well-stocked bar and enjoyed a couple of drinks.
Our room was sumptuously decorated and had a view out over the bay, so we could watch the whales from the balcony. Breakfast was superb, and we almost wish we'd taken up Mary's offer to cook us dinner. However, as an alternative they offered to take us out to their friend's birthday bash which made us feel more like friends than guests. We were there on honeymoon, and staying here was one of the highlights of our trip. Just like staying with friends...
We're sure to return :o)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Umnenge is a family friendly luxury African lodge situated on the rugged cliffs of De Kelders near Gansbaai in South Africa. Umnenge Lodge is a member of Guest House Association South Africa and has received 4 Stars from the Tourism Council South Africa. "Umnenge" is a Xhosa expression meaning 'whale in the bay' and refers to the Southern Right Whale which can be seen from Umnenge Lodge, frolicking in the waters of Walker bay from June to January. ... more less
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