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.
Activities in the area include:
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.
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.
Other Activities: Land and water-based whale watching; shark cage diving
South African public holidays and Easter attract the same rate as the high season, with a 3 night minimum stay ruling. Please confirm with the owner.
Long stay discounts are available (not applicable in high season)
14 nights or longer attracts a 10% discount
21 nights or longer attracts a 15% discount
28 nights or longer attracts a 20% discount
All rates are subject to change and need to be confirmed.
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A 50% deposit is required to confirm the booking.
The balance is to be paid in full before arrival.
From 21 to 28 days guest forfeits 25% of the deposit.
From 14 to 21 days guest forfeit is 50%.
From 7 to 14 days guest forfeit is 75% of deposit.
Less than 7 days guest forfeits the full deposit....Read more
3-bed absolute seafront apartment in De Kelders De Kelders, Western Cape, South Africa (Property location is approximate) ?
Additional Location Information
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.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Mountain nearby, Waterfront
Last updated on February 27, 2015
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Stunning Apartment, Stunning views, great location
Left on 01/08/2015 for a stay in December 2014 | Yobe M
Great hosts! Beautiful apartment! what you read about the apartment underplays the gem that you will find when you arrive! the views are stunning, the outdoor dining is great for sunset dinners while enjoying the view. have already recommended the apartment to my colleagues! and if u feel like not cooking breakfast just walk around the corner and you are sorted!
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Fabulous whale watching weekend in De Kelders
Left on 07/09/2014 for a stay in June 2014 | BarefootP1
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.
Mixture of relaxation and adventure
Left on 04/14/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | Steven
Hello, we spent 3 weeks as a family all over South africa and stayed here at the end of our trip. Wonderful small town on the coast, beautiful and spacious condo to relax in. The adventure part was going shark diving, lots of options for this. We were a bit late for the whale season but also another potential activity in this region. All in all a wonderful stay, fantastic views from the condo.
Left on 11/05/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We have stayed in this apartment whenever we get a chance to get away since 2010.
There are no words for how amazing the views are - being able to watch whales breaching from the comfort of the gorgeous king size bed is something very special indeed.
The attention to detail throughout the apartment is excellent with beautiful unique artworks, the softest carpets, beautiful wooden floors and high quality bedding.
Although my husband and I tend to use it as a solo getaway, the apartment could easily accommodate 6 people without feeling crowded and you can use the gas braai to host a wonderful evening on the balcony while watching the whales play in the sunset.
There are plenty of hiking trails down on the cliffs below that allow you to follow the coastline and the whales progression if the mood strikes, but you won't be missing anything at all if you never even leave the property - on this trip we saw loads of whales as well as several pods of dolphins close enough to watch freely from the balcony.
We live in Cape Town, so the drive is only roughly 2 hours from home, half an hour from Hermanus itself and less than 5 minutes from Gansbaai (which has some beautiful restaurants and plenty of little shops to keep you browsing for hours).
My grandparents lived in De Kelders while I was growing up, so I have a personal attachment to the little town. One of my favourite things is the solitude and quiet it provides; with all the awe of viewing the whales that Hermanus offers with none of the chaos and crowding experienced there.
This is a truly special place to escape from the craziness of city life and experience unparalleled tranquility and serenity in a luxurious private space. I am homesick for it already!
Left on 11/04/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The apartment is beautifully decorated and it is equipped with all the amenities you will need.
Towels are provided and the kitchen is fully equipped.
The shops are only a 7 minute drive from the apartment.
The Drip Kelders (Drip caverns) are right across the street and Walker Bay is just a short 10 walk away.
The view is incredible come rain or shine.
We love staying here.
Left on 11/04/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We really enjoyed this apartment. It was very comfortable and well-equipped, feeling like a home from home. The whale watching from the balcony was superb and the apartment couldn't be in a better location. Watching the sun set over the bay whilst sat on the balcony with a glass of (local) wine was a highlight of our recent holiday. We will definitely want to return on our next trip to South africa.
Left on 11/04/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We were last here in February 2013 and enjoyed it so much that we had to come back and will definitely be back again in the future. You have really catered for your guests right from the dishwasher down to the electric blankets to ensure that they are comfortable in every respect. Thanks again, we really enjoyed our weekend!!! Ps - We were also truly blessed with the sighting of the whales right outside our balcony!!
Left on 11/04/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | Victoria
What a fantastic apartment! We had everything we could possibly need and more. It was lovely sitting out on the balcony watching the ocean. Very relaxing, we will definitely be back!
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