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Whalesong Lodge
Ranked #10 of 30 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Dear Lainy and Stanlex, it was the first stay at your lodge. When we arrived it was as if you´re at home! The atmosphere was amazing! The whale watching from the veranda and the cliffs were phantastic! The advicing on things for looking are very good! The rooms are perfect, the breakfast and the service are great! Thank you so mutch for the very good time! We will come again! Georg and Gabi

Room Tip: Rooms with a view to the sea
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This was our first stay at Whalesong Lodge and it definately will not be our last. From the moment you arrive, Lainey and Stanley the hosts, make you feel really at home. The location of Whalesong Lodge is absolutely perfect for land based whale watching situated on top of the cliffs at De Kelders and it would be very hard to find better. We had room 1 which is an absolute delight with panoramic views overlooking Walker Bay. Breakfasts are a real treat and set you up perfectly for the day. Lainey and Stanley are always ready to give advice on things to do and places to visit, so if you want a real treat go and stay at Whalesong Lodge.

P.S. Enquire about a 'Beachcomber Walk' with Jason!

Room Tip: Room 1 for a suite with panoramic views.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Dear Lainy & Stanley & the whole W-S-team!!!

from the very first moment whan we arrivied we felt that very warm welcome from the whole team. The service and atmosphere which Lainy & Stanley (the owner) providing is amazing. You feel being at home but with the service of a 5 star guesthouse!!! Our room (the panorama / honeymoon suite) is so beautiful and superb arranged. Breakfast in the morning and homemade cakes every afternoon on the terasse close to sea gives you the feeling: that must be heaven on earth. THANK YOU - we are counting days to see you again! Big hugs O&K

Room Tip: Suite Nr.01 - The most beautiful place at walker bay!!!!
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

"There you are, welcome back. Bubbly or white wine?"
It doesn't only sound as if you're visiting friends, it definitely feels like it. We hardly managed to make it onto the veranda, glass in hand and there it was: A southern right whale breeching 3 times into the lovely sunset. That justifies a "WOW!".

2 of our group of 4 have already visited twice and we'd never consider staying anywhere else in the area. Location, location, location - yes, Whalesong Lodge has got it. But much more important: Some people have a rare talent of making you feel right at home - and Lainy and Stanley are among those few.

The view is incredible, the rooms nice and cosy, yet, first and foremost for me it's about how you feel when you're there: Relaxed, at ease, peaceful ...GREAT!

Did I mention the hosts are marvelous cooks? If you are lucky enough to stay there try and persuade them to put on a house dinner - they spoil you rotten and you'll be getting on your friends' nerves raving about it back home!

If you pick whale season and the weather is fine do not miss out on a boat trip with Ivanhoe's. They're well organised, immensely knowledgeable and fun. Just ask Stanley, he'll book you on in no time.
A walk in the dunes also works wonders for mind & soul and the short trip to Hermanus is a nice diversion.

What else? Well, next time we'll stay longer. Lainy said we're part of the extended Whalesong Lodge Family now. We sincerely hope so!

Miss you lots.

Ilka, Tina, Kerstin + Susi

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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WhalesongDeKelders, Owner at Whalesong Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2012

Hi Girls...Thanks for the stunning review on your experience of De Kelders & us...love the photo of the whale, it looks like she's jumping in a see of diamonds!! You can clearly see the footprints in the back of the previous 2 breaches. It was absolutely fabulous to have you all here at the same time...looking forward to the yearly family reunion!!! Warmest wishes Lainy & Stanley

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

For us the top reason for visiting South Africa in October this year was to see whales - and we believe, there are not very much places in the world being better adapted for this request than Whalesong Lodge. The location directly over the cliffs (just a quiet service road to cross), a winding path in the cliffs you can stroll along being accompanied by the whales - mostly mother and calf - what more could you wish? Warmest hospitality from Lainy and Stanley, the owners of the lodge, awesome breakfast (the best omelette ever eaten, fresh homemade pastry and jams), and once or twice the week a superb dinner - we felt so well!
And if you need assistance in any way - Stanley knows how to help by giving advices, doing some booking, reservating a table, recommending a wine (btw., he speaks perfect German).
We stayed for 3 nights, but next time we will be there for at least five ...

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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WhalesongDeKelders, Owner at Whalesong Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Dearest Volkmar & Petra Thanks for sharing....the stunning write up & wow photos...Looking forward to your next visit to De Kelders, may it be SOON! love to Matilda! Lainy & Stanley

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

In october 2012 we travelled to South Africa to see the whales. Our travelagent advised to go to Walker Bay and stay at the Whalosonglodge on top of the cliffs in de Kelders. The best advice one can receive. The Whalesonglodge is a beautiful guesthouse where Stanley and Lainey, the owners, practice hospitality with a capital H. They and their staff spoil you any way they can, make you feel very welcome and make sure you have a wonderful time. The rooms are stylishly decorated, breakfast, cakes and dinner are really scrumptious.
And the whales took our breath away. There is no better place for land-based whale watching, you can admire them only meters away. Absolutely fascinating, it takes your breath away.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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WhalesongDeKelders, Owner at Whalesong Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2012

A very big thank you for sharing your experience...it was the greatest of pleasures to have you with us for 4 days!! An even BIGGER thank you goes to you both for being the easiest guest, fitting right into our space...sharing not just our home but also the beauty of the surrounding nature! Looking forward to the next time! Lainy & Stanley X

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

This was our first stop when arriving in South Africa. We chose Whalesong on recommendation and we were incredibly happy with the decision to stay there.
Customer service of staff and owners was fantastic. They truly want you to be comfortable, fed and happy.
Rooms were really cute and modern. No TV and no telephones in the rooms and we were completely happy with that. Nature and the views was our TV.
The views from the deck overlooking the bay were amazing. You can see for miles and can see plenty of right whales swimming by.
I highly recommend this place to anyone travelling to Gansbaai area. Ask about the local restaurants that are situated near by and in walking distance.
Thank you so much for a fabulous stay.

Room Tip: Don't really have a tip about the rooms, but go in spring so you can see the right whales and th...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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WhalesongDeKelders, Owner at Whalesong Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

Wonderful that you enjoyed your time at Whalesong & thanks for sharing your experience! Stunning that you appreciated the shows on nature's big screen...with the only repeats playing in your memory! Embracing the beauty of nature is pure bliss!!!
Lainy & Stanley

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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 #10 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range: $162 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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