The Real People's Lodge

Gansbaai Boarding Lodge offers guests affordable and comfortable accommodation in a relaxed and trendy setting. Situated diagonally across from the village market in the heart of town, this immaculately refurbished grande old dame was built in 1919 and is the oldest building of its size in the area. Guests staying at Gansbaai Boarding Lodge have an array of shops, restaurants, pubs and outdoor activities within close walking distance. Enjoy spectacular views of the colourful old harbour and be sure to marvel at southern right whales frolicking in Walker Bay from June to December each year. For added convenience, Gansbaai Boarding Lodge has amenities that include a wellness spa and an art gallery. Gansbaai Boarding Lodge has bed & breakfast, self-catering and backpacker options, and comfortably accommodates 26 guests.

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Gansbaai Boarding Lodge weaves a nostalgic thread through the town’s timeline and this grande old dame has proudly featured in over 100 years of happy holidays.

Guests can enjoy the atmosphere of an old-school boarding house with its original wooden floors and communal gathering spaces where you can relax while making new friends. Although Gansbaai Boarding Lodge retains its olde worlde charm, it is decorated in mid-century colours and furnished with modern essentials that create an uncluttered and refreshing feel. Attention to detail includes extras such as the finest cotton bedding.

 Gansbaai Boarding Lodge - Layout

The ground floor has a wrap-around veranda that leads to the common room. There is a wellness spa and art gallery on the premises.

The top floor of the lodge boasts a covered wrap-around veranda where you can relax and watch the colourful comings and goings of the town's fishing fleet. This is also the perfect vantage point to view southern right whales when they visit Walker Bay between June and December each year. 

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Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast

Gansbaai Boarding Lodge offers guests a bed & breakfast experience with its boarding lodge option. Meal vouchers are available at an extra charge for the chef's potluck choice of lunch and dinner.

Suite 1, 2 and 3

Double rooms with shower/french bath, basin and toilet ensuite. The rooms have a coffee station, hairdryer and lockers.

Suite 4, 5 and 6

Spacious twin rooms (can convert to king size bed) with shower/french bath basin and toilet ensuite. The rooms have a coffee station, hairdryer and lockers.

Backpacker Style

Backpacker Style

Gansbaai Boarding Lodge’s backpacker-style accommodation offers guests personal locker space and two communal bathrooms featuring showers/french baths, basins and toilets. Meal vouchers for breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at an extra charge.


Shared Accommodation

Unisex rooms with bunk beds, personal locker space and communal bathrooms. One four sleeper room and one six sleeper room are available.

Double Room

Private room with double bed, locker space and communal bathrooms.



Gansbaai Boarding Lodge has an eight sleeper self-catering unit available on the ground floor. 

This unit has three rooms:


Room 1

Large four sleeper (converted into a king and two single beds or four single beds).

Room 2

Two sleeper king/twin.

Room 3

Two sleeper king/twin with disable shower, parking and two other bathrooms.

Meal vouchers to dine in the lodge’s common room are also available at an extra charge.



Gansbaai Boarding Lodge is centrally situated with an abundance of exciting activities to keep you entertained when you need a little action. A qualified and affordable tour guide, who has extensive knowledge of Gansbaai and the surrounding area, is available to personally chaperone you as you explore your surroundings. 

Safe swimming beaches are a few minutes drive away from the lodge and you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to the amount of nature walks that this lovely part of the Cape Whale Coast has to offer. Nearby De Kelders is the location for awesome Drip Caves as well as the world-famous Klipgat Caves which can be found in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. During whale season the cliff tops offer some of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world. Cage diving with Great White Sharks is a major tourist attraction and Gansbaai has been dubbed the Great White Shark capital of the world. 

An abundance of popular restaurants, pubs and gathering spots are conveniently situated in close walking distance to the lodge. 

Amenities and Services

Amenities and Services

Gansbaai Boarding Lodge offers amenities that include:


Meals are prepared for you by your host and are served in the common room. While breakfast is included for bed & breakfast guests, meal vouchers are available at an extra cost for those guests wanting to join the chef for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner.

TV and Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms and there is a TV with DStv (full package) in the communal common room.

Laundry Service

Drop-off and collect laundry services are available for an extra fee.

Equipment Hire

Bicycles, kayaks and surfboards are available for hire. 



Gansbaai Boarding Lodge has a few house rules.

  • The lodge is not suitable for small children 
  • The lodge is a smoke-free environment
  • The lodge discourages excessive alcohol use 
  • The lodge is not pet-friendly


“We had a wonderful time in Gansbaai! The accommodation is safe, clean, nicely decorated and has everything you need for a couple of nights such as towels, a hairdryer, tea and coffee. The owner is the loveliest person on earth!”  Marlies-Thomas, TripAdvisor
“You can hear the waves break and. Enjoyed it, friendly, very clean, beds are so comfortable and fully equipped with hot high-pressure showers. Very well looked after and decorated the old wooden floors and windows are just a treat. Next time I will be sure to make use of their Spa Studio.”  Rene Ludick, Google Review
“From the second we stepped foot through the door, we were made to feel very welcome! The host was knowledgeable with lots of help and advice for what to do in-and-around the area. We stayed for one night and went on a whale watching tour early the next morning as part of our honeymoon. The host did everything he could to make sure it was perfect for us. Well located near the main restaurants and close to the harbour for whales.”  Leannem, TripAdvisor
“Everything was amazing, the facilities were beautiful and the host super friendly. The lodge is super clean and the breakfast was delicious! I wish I had more time to spend there!”  Ana, Google Review



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