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“A place we will remember all our lives...”
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Whalesong Lodge
Ranked #8 of 29 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
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“A place we will remember all our lives...”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

To make a very long story short: My Girlfriend and I arrived at the lodge with a whale family just floating meters away from the house. We parked the car and Stanley already send us a warm welcome shout from the terrace. We were ensured that whales will be here all the time so he showed us our room - the absolutely stunning see view suite - see pictures. We walked as close to the whales as we could - found nice secluded area to watch them and I took all my courage and proposed to my girlfriend. Litterally 10 seconds after she said yes the whales made beautiful sounds and minutes later the sunset broke through the before overcast sky. What sounds so cheezy here actually felt magic.
Stanley was very supportive and offered champagne ... booked an awesome restaurant and when we returned we fell asleep in a prewarmed bed looking onto the moonlit bay.
Breakfast was awesome and the staff was very friendly. Stanley and Lainy even found the time to help us with our onward journey nagotiating great discounts at Gorah (Addo).
We will definately return.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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WhalesongDeKelders, Owner at Whalesong Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Thanks a lot for the stunning review! Very happy that you could share in the magic of De Kelders with Lena saying Yes...the ultimate memory of bliss & happiness! Looking forward to your next visit...maybe honeymoon?! Warmest regards Lainy & Stanley
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Thanks to Lainey and Stanley for that great experience!!
Everything was just perfect, started with the warm welcoming, the calm and nice atmosphere 'like being at home' (plus great Service), nice sundowner, sooooo Super Super Good breakfast and Dinner....still dreaming of the breakfast Muffins and the Granola!

And most important the Location and the VIEW!!!
We arrived and were totally flashed by seeing that much whales. From the parking Lot, the promenade, the living room, the sun deck AND our BED

I will definitely recommend it to my Friends and Family and will come back for sure!!!

Thank you again!

  • Stayed October 2012
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WhalesongDeKelders, Owner at Whalesong Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Dearest Helena & Florian...It was just the greatest of pleasures having you in our home! Looking forward to your next visit...in the mean time you can make your dreams become true...granola & muffin recipes on website “recipes revealed”. Warmest wishes Lainy & Stanley
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

From the moment we met Stanley and Lainy we knew our stay at Whalesong Lodge would be very special. Their hospitality, the comfort of the room, the wonderful breakfasts and special ambience made for a happy three nights. The girls looked after us extremely well and the baking is quite heavenly.
We would highly recommend Whalesong Lodge to anybody and yes you really do see whales from the balcony.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a room with most frontage to the sea, all the better for whale watching.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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WhalesongDeKelders, Owner at Whalesong Lodge, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thanks for sharing your experienceof Whalesong & De Kelders. It was wonderful sharing our space with you, looking forward to welcoming you back....for some more whale watching & Busiswa's yummy baking!! Warmest wishes Lainy & Stanley
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

I do not know where to begin, everything is just fabulous in the Whalesong Lodge!!
The house- perfect as a whole, the rooms- comfortable and beautiful with a great bathroom, the view- MAGNIFICENT, the breakfast- over the top delicious , the staff- attentive and kind- it is a very special place, made very special by its owners! The interior decoration is fantastic, so very well designed and stylish, yet very comfortable and cosy. We expanded our stay for 2 more days, because we loved it so much! Thank you very much Lainy and Stanley for this very special stay- you have created the very perfect hideaway!! Thank you!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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WhalesongDeKelders, Owner at Whalesong Lodge, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thanks for the stunning review...without wonderful guest like yourselves, Whalesong wouldn't be the special place it is! Looking forward to welcoming you back...soonest!!! Warmest regards Lainy & Stanley
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Muenster, Germany
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

The Whalesong Lodge is absolutely amazing! We fell totally in love with the stunnig view of the suite. Layny and Stanley are great hosts. We loved the breakfast and the whole surrounding. We will come back for sure. If we do so, we will spend some more days!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Since the reception you can feel how much the owners care for the guests, the suite is fantastic, with great views of the wales and with excellent decoration. The breakfast exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to return and spent at least three nights in this piece of paradise!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Lainy & Stanley and the Whalesong Girls (Bongi, Busiswa and Zanele) are the perfect hosts. Whalesong Lodge itself is in a fantastic location and beautifully-appointed (loved the extensive breakfasts by the open fire, warming those winter mornings). We stayed in the suite with its big bed and candle-lit bath, BOTH affording fantastic views of the newly-arrived whales enjoying themselves! De Kelders is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful coast line and nature reserves; as well as the Southern Right whales, the White Shark cage-diving is compelling and the privately-guided beachcombing fascinating. Walker Bay at its best!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Whalesong Lodge
Address: 83 Cliff Street | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Whalesong Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Seafront guesthouse overlooking the picturesque Walker Bay with views stretching from the white sand dunes of Die Plaat past Hermanus all the way to Cape Point. The area offers excellent whale watching, shark cage diving, horse riding, diverse fynbos, coastal cliffs and deserted beaches situated only 2 hr from Cape Town just before Gansbaai famous for its Great White Sharks. ... more   less 
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