We invite you to experience the warm, relaxed atmosphere at Marebella Seafront Guesthouse in De Kelders, near Gansbaai. Accommodation in spacious guest rooms on the seafront, overlooking Walker Bay and the cliffs of De Kelders, 3km from Gansbaai. Mediterranean living meets South African hospitality with all rooms having 180 degree uninterrupted panoramic sea-views of Walker Bay.More Info
Land based whale watching: The whale watching in De Kelders is unsurpassed in this breathtakingly beautiful environment.
These Southern Right Whales spend the summer months feeding around Antarctica and then migrate thousands of kilometres to the sheltered bays of South Africa to mate and calve. They can be seen along the De Kelders coast from September to November.
Dyer Island Cruises: "We can guarantee Southern Right Whale sightings between July and December. After spending time with the whales, we make our way to Dyer Island. During this stretch we occasionally bump into some Humpback whales, who prefer the deeper water. We also spot Giant petrels and Cape gannets. At Dyer Island we can approach close enough to view African penguins, Cape cormorants and many other bird species. Quite possibly the only place in the world where one can see a mighty whale and a great white shark on the same boat trip."
Ivanhoe Sea Safaris: "A 2-hour boat-trip from Gansbaai harbour to view Southern Right Whales in Walker Bay. Dolphins, Humpback whales, Cape fur seals, Bryde whales, African penguins and many of our coastal marine birds may also be seen."
Both operators are highly professional and it really is an incredible experience to see the whales so close-up. We suggest that we book your seats on your behalf close to the time of your visit once we know the weather conditions. This way you can choose the best available day. We would be very happy to arrange this for you. Booking through us gives you the flexibility to choose the best day to do the trip. You simply pay the operator directly before your departure.
Duiwelsgat hiking trail: Walk with the whales on the Duiwelsgat hiking trail along the meandering Walker Bay cliff path.
7km from Gansbaai to "Die Plaat" beach in De Kelders. This scenic trail links several historic sites along the coast of Gansbaai. From Gansbaai the trail goes along the coast through Stanfords Cove, a protected swimming beach. Further along the coast past the De Kelders "Drip Kelder Cave", a cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and crystal clear pools of fresh water ideal for swimming and was reported to have been visited by Lady Anne Barnard in 1798. Then you will pass Die Stal (The Stable) where horses from the Birkenhead wreck came ashore in 1852. A short way on is Duiwelsgat (Devils hole), the deep hole in the rocks with a view into the cave below. The trail ends at Klipgat Cave that was inhabited by Stone Age humans 70.000 years ago. The main attraction of this trail, apart from the many caves and natural beauty, is the superb
whale watching all along the route between June and December.
Klipgat Cave, at De Kelders was home to humans some 70.000 years ago and is an important archaeological site of world importance, which experts believe would qualify as a World Heritage Site. Find out more about Klipgat Cave by clicking here.
Danger Point Light House: The most visited light house in South Africa and scene of the famous sinking of the HMS Birkenhead in 1852. In 1895 the Danger Point Lighthouse was erected to warn passing ships of the dangers lurking near the coasts. The lighthouse is 18,3 m tall and its light can be seen for apporximately 25 sea miles (three flashes every 40 seconds). At the base of the lighthouse is a remembrance plate for the HMS Birkenhead and it points to where the ship met its doom.
Guided 4x4 excursion into the surrounding mountains to experience our abundant indigenous fynbos.
Ideally situated to visit Cape Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
The Birkenhead Brewery is worth a visit. As the first brewing estate in the southern hemisphere, this microbrewery is near Stanford in the shadow of the Kleinriver mountains. They offer tours of the brewery and estate, freshly brewed draught beer at the Birkenhead pub and delicious meals in their restaurant.
Scuba Diving PADI Courses, marine biology lectures and guided boat and shore dives.
We are close to several excellent golf courses:
Bring your tennis racquet, a game can always be arranged with Gerhard who is a tennis fanatic.