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Stunning 3-bedroom seafront apartment in De Kelders near Gansbaai and Hermanus

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 beds, 2.5 baths, large balcony, sleeps 6

The Lookout at Whale Cove is a beautifully appointed 3-bedroomed self-catering apartment situated directly on the seafront, with magnificent sea views across Walker Bay and of the Overberg mountains. The spacious living area includes an open plan kitchen, dining room, comfortable lounge and separate TV nook. The modern kitchen is fully-stocked with everything either the casual, or gourmet, cook will require. The three bedrooms are well-appointed and the lounge, and main bedroom, lead onto the balcony with spectacular ocean views across Walker Bay. In whale season you can watch the whales while lying on your bed! The large balcony has a gas barbecue, outside dining and loungers. The closest beach is 100 metres away, just below the apartment where you can fish off the rocks, catch mussels and crayfish in season, snorkel, or just laze and watch the seals. A very scenic cliff path passes in front of the apartment to Klipgat Cave in one direction and Gansbaai in the other.

Local Activities: Whale watching | In season an abundance of whales can be enjoyed from the apartment’s balcony. Alternatively there are beautiful places just outside the apartment where they can be viewed at extremely close range. In addition there are boat trips to Dyer Island where you can view whales in season, sharks, penguins, seals and other marine life.

Beaches | There are at least seven beautiful white-sand, swimming beaches either within walking distance of the apartment, or a short drive away, ranging from the 18 km long pristine white sand beach of De Plaat (1 km from the apartment) to Standford's Cove (2km away), and Pearly Beach and Franskaal, which are slightly further afield but easily accessible.

Shark cage diving and marine life boating | Gansbaai, situated 3kms from De Kelders, is known as the Great White shark capital of the world. There are many reputable shark cage operators in Gansbaai.

Walking trails | The 7km Klipgat trail runs along the coast between Gansbaai and De Kelders, passing on the cliffs directly in front of the apartment. In addition there are several hiking trails along the coast and in the nearby mountains to suit all abilities.

Fishing | The De Kelders coastline provides excellent land-based and sea fishing. There are fishing harbours in Gansbaai and Kleinbaai that are ideal for boat launches. Fish include kabeljou, steenbras and the highly-prized galjoen.

Wine routes | There are at least 20 popular wine routes in and around the De Kelders area ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours away. All are in very scenic areas.

Nature reserves and bird watching: The beautiful privately-owned Grootbos Nature Reserve, internationally acclaimed for its fynbos conservation, is 1km from De Kelders, as is the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, and the De Plaat Nature Reserve with its magnificent stretch of white beach. There is abundant marine bird life in the reserves.

Shopping | Gansbaai will satisfy most of your immediate shopping requirements.

Restaurants | From cheap and cheerful to some of the Cape’s top eateries are within the area.

Fishing | The De Kelders coastline provides excellent land-based and sea fishing.

Archaeology | The area boasts sites of international significance which are within walking distance.

More Details

Mailie Green
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

What makes this apartment unique

You can't be inside and closer to the whales anywhere along this coast. The apartment has the added advantage of presenting the best view of the whales during season (and the dolphins and seals year round) regardless of whether you're on the balcony, in the main bedroom or on the path outside the front door!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just spent a lovely weekend at the Lookout at Whale Cove. The apartment was very well appointed, very comfortable and spacious. But the views from the balcony were what made it fantastic - uninterrupted views across the whole bay. I would have been happy just to sit there all weekend. Well worth a visit and would highly recommend. Mike and friends, Cape Town, South Africa
Jun 2014
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Greater Hermanus Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main bathroom - toilet , shower
    Second bathroom - toilet , tub
    Guest toilet - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All three bedrooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet covers. There are large built-in cupboards in all the bedrooms. All the bedrooms have electric blankets if needed in winter, as well as wall heaters.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Stunning 3-bedroom seafront apartment in De Kelders near Gansbaai and Hermanus
average rating of 4.9 based on 29 reviews
Blaricum, the Netherlands


  • 5 of 5

Better than the website

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Spectacular Views

  • 4 of 5

4 of us stayed here for 3 nights while we experienced whale watching and shark diving. It was a perfect location. The views were great. We had whales just outside our patio door! We were able to sit on the patio and view the whales for hours each day we were there. The beds were comfortable and the apartment was equipped with all we needed. I can only give 4 stars unfortunately because of two things. The bathroom door needs work and won't close, obviously this has been an issue for awhile because the review book in the apartment mentions it several times. The second thing in this day and age is really crazy. The wifi is limited to 300MB/day? 4 people, 300MB? I would like to give kudos to the property manager. We came in late on a Sunday and could have possibly ended up buying a hotel room the first night based upon their key pick up rules. They had someone come out and meet us in town for a key way later than their hours.......thank you, thank you, thank you! I would stay here again if/when i come back.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wienhausen, germany

View and space

  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment, well eqipped. Good contact with the owner, no complaints.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Virginia

Beautiful coastal apartment

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is large, well equipped, and clean. The balcony is terrific, and the main room has a nice view of the bay. The master bedroom also has a great view; the other two bedrooms do not, but they are nice rooms. Communication with the owner and agent was clear and timely.

We loved the coastal walk right in front of the building and walked to the nature preserve, which is beautiful. We enjoyed quiet DeKelders and this apartment.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely comments about the apartment! We also love the coastal walk - you need to come back in full whale season when it's really wonderful to see the whales right there as you walk!
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loved it

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay for 4 nights. Watching whales from the balcony in the afternoon and evening sun was fantastic. Loved having bbq on balcony. Could do with more than one shower but there are 3 toilets. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and your whale watching from the balcony. I think the whales make a truly beautiful part of the world even more special. We hope to see you again!
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An amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

We just want to say thank you for the use of your apartment. We enjoyed our stay very much! The apartment is lovely, warm and very comfortable and so well-appointed, to say nothing of the neatness! You have really catered to ensure that your guests are comfortable in every respect and feel at home, thanks to the small details which are often forgotten in self-catering places.

The views over False Bay are amazing.

The apartment is also situated in a beautiful region, with many places of interest to visit.

The only thing we missed was WIFI access.

We will definitely come again.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words Rita. We're always thrilled when people enjoy the apartment as much as we do. Next time you should come back in whale season (approximately August to December), there's no better view of the moms and babies than from The Lookout's balcony! We look forward to your return!
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Nearest Airport
145 Kilometres
Cape Town International
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Buitesteen Pub and Grill
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Gansbaai Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Coffee on the Rocks
Nearest Beach
0.1 Kilometres
De Kelders
Car: recommended

Situated on the cliffs of Walker Bay in De Kelders, and 3 kilometres away from Gansbaai - the Great White shark capital of the world - our apartment offers the perfect setting to explore the beautiful Overberg region in the Western Cape of South Africa. De Kelders is internationally renowned as the best land-based whale watching venue in the world. There are also many beautiful white sand beaches in the area ranging from the De Kelders cove directly below the apartment; Stanford Cove; Pearly Beach and the seemingly never-ending De Plaat in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and marine sanctuary. The beautiful privately-owned Grootbos Nature Reserve, widely acclaimed for its conservation of fynbos - fauna unique to the Western Cape region of South Africa - is 1km from De Kelders. There is abundant marine bird life in the reserves. Deep sea fishing, boat trips to nearby Dyer Island, beautiful walks, hikes and mountain biking are all easily accessible.

Other Activities: Land and water-based whale watching; shark cage diving

Golf: The Overberg/Whale Coast region boasts some of the finest golf courses in the southern hemisphere. Between 3 and 45 minutes’ drive from De Kelders there are five 9-hole courses, the internationally acclaimed Arabella 18-hole course and the beautiful 27-hole course at Hermanus.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Post Departure Clean $43.12

South African public holidays and Easter attract the same rate as the Christmas season, with a 3 night minimum stay. Please confirm with the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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