We had made a reservation 6 months earlier at another B&B (The Roundhouse) in Gansbaai, but on arrival were told that there was "no room at the Inn". What could have been a disaster for us, turned into one of the luckiest and most pleasant B&B experiences we have had to date. It was suggested that we try Umnenge Lodge, and thank-goodness they had a room available for us at such short notice!
Mary and Richard, the owners of Umnenge Lodge, welcomed us into their beautiful home, and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and at ease. (Mary even went so far as to help me with some wireless issues I was having with my computer). Our room was beautifully and tastefully furnished and had all the creature-comforts; the luxurious bathroom had a very cool mosaic bath tub for 2; but it was the exquisite view overlooking the cliffs and sea that especially took our breath away!
The scrumptious full-breakfast was family-style -which made us feel at home and also gave us an opportunity to meet and socialize with the other guests at the Lodge.
Mary made some great dining suggestions for us on both nights that we stayed there (and even made the reservations for us). One of the restaurants was within walking distance from the Lodge. We also enjoyed sitting around Richard's pub, having a night cap and sharing our "diving with the great white sharks"-experiences; something that Richard could also have arranged, had we known ahead of time.
We so loved our stay at Umnenge Lodge that we hope to return there within the year - hopefully to see and hear the whales.
- 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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