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Whalesong Lodge
Ranked #8 of 29 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Top recommendation!”
Reviewed December 25, 2009

We have stayed at Whalesong four times already, and every visit was a highlight. Whether one visits in summer to watch whales (and the whales are right on your doorstep) or in winter when the indoor fireplace and a bottle of red wine stimulates the cozy atmosphere, Lainy and Stanley always make us feel extremely welcome! They have created a home from home - elegant, spacious, comfortable. And their food is to die for! I would recommend Whalesong Lodge to any friend or colleague, South African or international.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 21, 2009

This was our second trip to South Africa and Whalesong was the only guest house to which we returned (not because the others were not all excellent but because we didn't think we could beat this little gem of a place). It's position on the shore front overlooking Walker Bay was unbeatable and after 7 nights in Cape Town we were ready to just sit on the terrace with a glass or two and binoculars all day watching whales (this dream was not to be as it rained most of the time we were there though we did see loads of whales). Our room at the front of the house was very good with a tiny balcony but the main emphasis is on the living space downstairs with its floor to ceiling glass doors and the front terrace. It felt like your own living area and there was always someone on hand to make you a hot drink and there was a very well stocked honesty bar. If you want more privacy, then just try the luxury suite with its own private terrace (with the same views as the main terrace - you can stay in bed and watch whales through the floor to ceiling windows there. Stanley and Lainey are very welcoming and the house is immaculate. Last time we visited Stanley cooked, and a superb cook he is too, but this time they had a chef. At first I was disappointed until I sampled the food - absolutely wonderful, and shared with the other guests which made for a very convivial evening. On the nights food is not provided in the guest house, you take a little stroll around the corner to the only restaurant within walking distance and there we had the best steak I have ever tasted - sorry I can't remember the name. Also next to the Whalesong is a cafe/lunch spot with the same amazing views. If you want amazing night life then this is not the place for you - de kelders is very quiet, but if you want a relaxing stay in a perfect spot, then stay here.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

Although the location and whales are fantastic at Whale Song Lodge we found our room to be a big disappointment. The reason for our trip was whales and although the balcony at the front of the lodge is a perfect setting the rooms at the back of the hotel only have a very limited sea view. As there is no price difference with these and the rooms at the front of the lodge with full sea view it is the luck of the draw which you will receive.

We found the service to be a little erratic, sometimes helpful and friendly and others a little stand offish, we were never to find the under floor heating or tea and coffee making facilities?? Breakfast was lovely and we had a nice dinner cooked by a local chef, not by our hosts as the website suggested.

If whales are your number one reason for visiting Gansbaai then make sure you book a lodge that gaurantees you a full sea view.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sutton
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Reviewed November 1, 2009

We only stayed here one night after we did a shark dive in Gansbaai (we used Shark Diving Unlimited which was recommended and booked for us by Whalesong Lodge and was amazing).

The room was lovely - we had a view of the sea and as the guest hourse was located right on the sea front we had an amazing view of whales playing in the bay. We spent a couple of hours on the rocks outside the hotel watching the whales - at one point there were 8 or 9 we could see.

For dinner the owners recommended a local restaurant which was walking distance away - we were a little dubious as it sounded like it was a bit out of the way and in someone's front room but as we didnt want to drive anywhere we decided to go. We couldnt have been more wrong - the restaurant was beautiful - fully booked so make sure you reserve a table and the food was divine. Sorry I can't remember the name of it but it's the only one around so just ask the owners. Take a torch though to walk back in the dark!

The only thing to note is that there was no door to the bathroom and the wall separating the bathroom from the bedroom stops about a foot from the ceiling which is fine but not so good if you like your privacy!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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münchen
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

During our trip to SA we stayed at a couple of 5 star accomodations, but the Whalesong lodge beat them all! The location is just great- we had whale soup in front of our balcony almost every day, with those wonderful creatures making their calming sounds day and night, so we went to bed knowing they are there. The rooms are comfy and clean, not styled to death, just lovely. Same is the rest of the house, that gives you a very airy and beachy feeling. Best of all might be the hosts, Laney and Stan who make you feel most welcome, from lovely sundowners watching the whales on the terrace, followed by a very nice 3 course dinner at the big table every other night to the stunning breakfast with an incredible view over Walker Bay. We rarely go to the same place twice, because we love to try out new places. But when we go back to Gaansbai, we will definitely stay at the Whalesong lodge.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Peterborough, England
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Reviewed May 18, 2009

After a long long drive from Wilderness, we couldn't wait to check into the Whalesong Lodge and we definitely weren't disappointed. We stayed in a room at the front of the house which was just beautiful. We had the most amazing views from our bed and bathtub with also a small balcony looking out onto the sea. We even saw dolphins and a bride whale in the evening.

The place was beautifully decorated and was out of the way of all the touristy places which was just perfect for our honeymoon, but within a very short distance from the Kleinbaai harbour where we were booked in to do shark diving the next day.

We were also booked into a local restaurant which was sort of in the back of someone's house, but was absolutely delicious.

We can't wait to go back during whale season as we were told by the previousl hotel that the bay which it looks out onto is like a nursey for the whales to come and give birth to their calves. Much better than neighbouring Hermanus....

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed November 21, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Whalesong for two nights. The first night we stayed in one of the smaller rooms at the back (very nice) but they offered to move us to one of the front rooms on our last night. WOW - amazing view! Really lovely room - tastefully decorated, beautiful tub and did I mention the view?! Lenee & Stanley were both very welcoming and happy to make reservations and recommendations of things to see & do. The breakfast was heavenly and a great way to start the day! The location was convenient as we had booked a day of shark diving which departs from Gansbaai (about 5-10 minute drive from Whalesong). We would definitely recommend the Whalesong…everything you need but with the luxury to make your time there special. We hope to return as soon as possible.

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  • Disliked — That we had to leave!
  • Stayed October 2008, 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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