De Kelders in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated 160 km of Cape Town and only 30 km from Hermanus.

De Kelders is arguably the best land based whale watching venue in the world and close by, near Gansbaai (Gans Bay), tourists also have the opportunity to view and cage dive with Great White Sharks. With magnificent ocean views and perfect white sandy beaches surrounded by unspoilt nature, this little town is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation.

There are a number of natural, underground caves below the cliffs on the De Kelders Coast. One cave in particular, known as the Freshwater Cave, is famous for its’ crystal clear pool, but is unfortunately not open to the public in a bid to conserve its beauty.

The Walker Bay Nature Reserve is well worth a visit where you can fish or swim and enjoy a picnic after a hike on one of the nature trails.

Places to Visit

Things to do and see:

All types of accommodation can be found in De Kelders and the surrounding areas.

Climate

The area has high rainfall in the winter months from June to August.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 25˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 20˚C.

Transport

There are domestic and International flights into Cape Town International Airport on a daily basis. Bus services, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.

Festivals

April – Crayfish Festival: A feast not to be missed.

July – Gansbaai Festival: A festival with markets, arts and crafts and lots of seafood.

More festivals can be attended in the surrounding areas, see Cape Town.

History

De Kelders, Afrikaans for “the cellars” received its name because of the underground caves in the cliffs that were discovered by Hendrik Swellengrebel Jr. after a local farmer informed him of the area. The town was formerly known as Die Drup Kelder (the drip cellar).

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