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WHY STAY AT THE LOOKOUT?
Three words – location, location, location. Perched on the De Kelders cliffs, this apartment has magnificent views over Walker bay to Hermanus and the Overberg mountains, and the best views of the whales in season.
The Lookout is also perfectly positioned to explore the beautiful and multi-faceted Overberg, play golf, enjoy the local wine routes and experience shark cage diving.
Unlike many holiday rentals, this apartment has been decorated and equipped to feel like a home-from-home with all the small touches that make for a very comfortable stay.
The Lookout at Whale Cove is perfectly positioned on the Walker Bay Marine Reserve seafront, with nothing to to obstruct your sweeping sea and mountain views.
De Kelders lies on the famous Whale Coast of the Overberg region in the Western Cape, 3km from Gansbaai and 50 km from Hermanus. Apart from exploring the surrounding natural beauty, the apartment is well positioned to explore the Western Cape.
WHO SHOULD STAY?
The Lookout is best suited to guests who want a relaxed, self-catered coastal stay while having easy access to everything the Overberg has to offer - fynbos, wine farms, golf courses, historical towns and the marine Big Five (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins).
It is a more restful option than the busy pace of Hermanus, and has better whale watching (a well-kept secret!).
For guests who are keen to see plenty of whales in season, there's no better situated balcony in De Kelders than the Lookout's!
This spacious 140m² apartment includes an open-plan kitchen/dining-room/lounge and a separate TV alcove. The large balcony has dining for six people, 2 sun loungers and a large gas barbecue.
The kitchen is equipped with a large fridge/freezer, hob and oven, a microwave, a dishwasher and any equipment the casual or gourmet cook might require.
The three bedrooms are fitted with carpets, high-quality mattresses, Egyptian cotton linen, built-in-cupboards, wall heaters and electric blankets for winter. The main bedroom en-suite has a shower and a king-size extra-length bed. There is a second bathroom with a combined bath/shower.
The balcony allows guests to delight in the many whale and dolphin sightings that De Kelders boasts - and enjoy the spectacular sunsets.
The Lookout at Whale Cove has the largest balcony in the apartment complex. As such there is ample space for outdoor dining for six people and sun loungers to relax on. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while admiring the view. There is also a large gas barbecue.
Indoor living & dining
The spacious living area includes an open-plan kitchen, dining-room, and a comfortable lounge, as well as a separate TV alcove. There is DSTv cable TV (Premium), Netflix and Showmax, a flat-screen TV, a DVD player and a music centre.
The well-equipped kitchen has a fridge/freezer, hob and oven, a microwave and a dishwasher.
Bedrooms & bathrooms
The Lookout's three bedrooms are carpeted and have large built-in-cupboards. The mattresses are the best quality (king-size extra length, queen and two 3/4 size). We use Egyptian cotton bed linen throughout and provide a choice of pillow types, including feather pillows.
The en-suite bathroom has a shower and the second bathroom has a combined bath/shower.
FACILITIES & SERVICES
The Lookout provides guests with free WiFi, cable television/DStv (Premium bouquet), a DVD player, a music system, a large gas barbecue, a hair dryer and mosquito machines.
Towels, bed linen, beach towels, soap and cleaning materials eg dishwasher Powerballs, are all provided.
A cleaning and laundry service is available during your stay at an extra charge.
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Although the area is most famous for being the best land-based whale watching in the world, and for shark cage diving with Great White sharks, De Kelders offers a wonderful mix of pristine nature, untouched beauty and plenty of activities to keep any visitor amused!
There are many beautiful, pristine beaches in the area, wine routes, golf courses, excellent restaurants, spas, world class nature reserves and bird watching, fynbos and beautiful walks.
You can also enjoy marine flights to see the whales; boat trips to Dyer Island to see the seals, penguins, sharks and birds; quad biking, mountain biking and fishing.
Wonderful whale watching
Daily sightings of whales are virtually guaranteed during whale season (August to December). One of the best viewing sites along the coastline is directly from the Lookout's balcony. The Walker Bay marine sanctuary, right in front of the apartment, is the whales' nursery for the birthing season. There's a reason why De Kelders has been voted the best land based whale watching in the world!
There are at least seven beautiful white sand beaches, either within walking distance of the apartment, or a short drive away. The little drip-caves beach is directly below the apartment; the 18km long pristine De Plaat is 1km from the apartment and Pearly Beach, a Blue Flag beach, is a 10 minute drive away.
Excellent land-based & sea 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 galjoen. The new Walker Bay Fishing Trail in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve now gives access to popular angling sites.
Scenic wine routes
There are at least 20 popular wine routes in and around the Overberg, within a two-hour drive of De Kelders. The closest three - the Cape Agulhas wine route, the Elgin wine route and the Franschhoek wine route - are within a 30-45 minute drive of De Kelders and are all situated in magnificent scenery.
World-class golf courses
The Overberg/Whale Coast region has some of the finest golf courses in the southern hemisphere. Between 3 and 45 minutes drive from De Kelders there is the internationally acclaimed Arabella 18-hole course, the beautiful 27-hole course at Hermanus and five 9-hole courses.
Unique nature reserves and fynbos
The 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 land and marine bird life in the many reserves in the immediate area.
Beautiful walking trails
The 7km Klipgat Trail runs along the coast between Gansbaai and De Kelders, passing over 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 ages and abilities.
Exciting shark cage diving
Gansbaai, situated 3km from De Kelders, is known as the Great White shark capital of the world. There are many reputable shark cage operators in Gansbaai - an adventure not for the faint of the heart! In addition there are wonderful boat trips to Dyer Island to see seals, sharks, penguins and bird life. If you book to stay at The Lookout we offer discounts on marine trips from Ivanhoe and Marine Dynamics.
A good range of restaurants
From cheap and cheerful to some of the Cape's top eateries are within the area. Within a 100 metres of the apartment is a delightful coffee shop/restaurant with magnificent ocean views, and whale sightings in season.
Gansbaai will satisfy most of your immediate shopping requirements. There is an excellent Spar, OK Bazaars, butchers, pharmacy, banks, fish shops and other speciality shops for your convenience.
Ocean flights to view the whales
Definitely one of the best ways to get a close up of the whales - with wonderful photo opportunities.
Mountain biking through the fynbos
Mountain biking is a wonderful way to see the area, and the fynbos - up close and personal! There are plenty of excellent trails including the one they use in the Funky Fynbos Festival and the Klipspringer mountain bike trail.
Rates are for the apartment per night sleeping a maximum of 6 people (quoted in South African rand).
2-5 night minimum stay, depending on season.
All linen, towels, swimming towels, toilet paper, soap and cleaning materials (such as dishwasher Powerballs), WiFi, DStv Now (Premium) and Netlfix.
R500 per stay post-departure clean and laundry.
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