The Real People's Lodge

Gansbaai Boarding Lodge was built in 1919 and has proudly withstood the ravishes of time. After recently undergoing a rejuvenating facelift, Gansbaai Boarding Lodge has now proudly reopened its doors to the public. The double storey lodge offers guests affordable and comfortable accommodation in a relaxed and trendy setting. Situated in the very heart of the town, diagonally across from the village market, this Grande Old Dame is the oldest building of its size in the area. Guests have a wonderful plethora of shops, restaurants and pubs within close walking distance. Enjoy panoramic views of the old harbour which hugs the shore of the breathtakingly beautiful Walker Bay, home of the Southern Right Whale. Gansbaai Boarding Lodge is spacious and comfortably sleeps 26 guests. Choose between bed & breakfast, self-catering and backpacker-style accommodation.

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The history of the original boarding house weaves a nostalgic thread through Gansbaai’s  timeline. This Grand Old Dame has celebrated almost 100 years of happy holidays and now, after a major refurbishment you are proudly invited to stay at what was once the town's preferred boarding lodge. Gansbaai Boarding Lodge is decorated in mid-century colours with a refreshing and uncluttered feel.
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. At the end of a long day, doze off under the finest cotton bedding, because only the best is good enough for the Lodge’s guests.
Gansbaai Boarding Lodge comfortably sleeps 26 guests and offers a choice between bed & breakfast, self-catering and backpacker style accommodation. The ground floor has a wrap-around veranda which leads to the common room.
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 the bay between June and December.
Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast

The boarding lodge option offers guests a bed & breakfast experience. 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

The 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 change.


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.



An eight sleeper self-catering unit is available on the ground floor of Gansbaai Boarding Lodge. This unit has three bedrooms:


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 Gansbaai Boarding 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 on offer. Nearby De Kelders is the location for awesome Drip Caves and of course the world famous Klipgat Caves which can be found in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. During whale season the clifftops 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


Meals are served in the common room and are prepared for you by your host. 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. Meals at Gansbaai Boarding Lodge are made using only the freshest local produce.

TV and WiFi

Gansbaai Boarding lodge has WiFi and has a communal common room with a television with full DSTV.

Laundry Service

A drop-off and collect laundry service is available for an extra fee, making your holiday hassle-free.

Equipment Hire

The lodge has a selection of bicycles, kayaks and surfboards for hire.



The lodge is not suitable for small children due to the location of the venue from which a busy street is easily accessible. A few other points to take into consideration is that the lodge boasts a smoke-free environment and excessive drinking is strongly discouraged. The lodge is also not pet-friendly. 



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