A mere 5 kilometres from the fishing-and-great-white-shark mecca that is Stanford, just 30 minutes from Hermanus, and a two-hour drive from Cape Town—the quaint hamlet of De Kelders offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling, buzzing towns scattered along the Cape Whale Route. And yet, it’s still conveniently close enough to these towns that visitors can easily enjoy the array of attractions available in the area.
Sprawled across a rugged coastline dotted with pendulous cliffs, De Kelders provides excellent land-based whale-viewing opportunities. The town’s name is derived from the De Kelders Caves which were formed millions of years ago in a rock face bordering the sea. The De Kelders Caves have their own fresh-water source, which made it an ideal shelter for early humans who lived there 85,000 years ago.
Visitors can explore the caves via the Walker Bay Nature Reserve and enjoy the number of Hiking trails found in the area. Swimming, picnicking, and fishing are other popular pastimes while nearby towns offer a range of unique activities. De Kelders, unfettered by the tourism-industry boom found in neighbouring towns along the Whale Route, is the perfect base to explore all that the Whale Route has to offer.
- De Kelders offers some of the best land-based whale-watching in the area
- De Kelders Caves, most notably Klipgat, are fascinating to explore
- The nearby beach and Walker Bay Nature Reserve offer excellent hiking, angling, and picnicking spots
- Visitors looking for a peaceful haven to retreat to after a busy day exploring will love De Kelders
- 5 kilometres from Gansbaai, 30 minutes form Hermanus, and two hours from Cape Town