Welcome to Benguela Lodge & Restaurant

Gansbaai, South Africa

Luxury Accommodation

Welcome to Benguela, an intimate, exclusive guesthouse offering air conditioned accommodation featuring spectacular views of the ocean. A five minute stroll takes you to the waters’ edge where whales come home each year from June to November.

Benguela offers guests an accommodation choice of seven impeccably decorated bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and private entrance.

A 5-Star Experience

“Jonathan is an incredible host. We have never had such a warm welcome: from helping is find the right golf course and arranging a bottle of wine to bring along to the most amazing dinner we could imagine. We did not expect a 5 course star worthy dinner when he asked us if we liked to join for dinner!! A well-kept secret. The hotel is simply amazing: if you love extravagance and art, while waking up with a stunning view of the ocean, this is the place! ” Simone (Netherlands)


  • Breakfast
  • Secure Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Restaurant on-site

Superior Double Room with Sea View
From R1900

Deluxe Double Room Courtyard
From R1350


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Canapes

Living and eating like friends. We found a very special and fantastic accommodation for our trip to Gansbaai and De Kelders. Jonathan and his team were very friendly, kind and made ery effort that we had a wonderful and nice stay there. The best is the personalised treatment from the owner. In the evening you can have a delicious dinner at his dining room. At a long table with maximum 16 persons. The bedrooms are clean and nicely decorated. The breakfast was made with love and if you want, you could eat in bed. The view to the sea is very nice and the pool is also clean and inviting you for a swim. All in all, we were very lucky to be there and had such a unique accommodation.”

Gem of Gansbaai/De Kelders. True taste experience, dishes with wine pairing, with an awesome chef Jonathan and Handre. For the finer taste buds.”

The best stay in all of South Africa I travelled around SA and Benguela is top of my list for places to stay. The view from the bedroom was amazing, the hosts were extraordinary and made me feel special – breakfast in bed on Christmas morning was the icing on the cake. Christmas dinner was out of this world- food is insanely good!!! Thank you xx”

Mom-cation. I loved everything at Benguela. The check in went quick and smooth. The room view was beautiful and the breakfast we got was absolutely amazing. Jonathan is an amazing cook and host. I will definitely be back.”

Adventure Experience

Great White Shark Viewing & Cage Diving

Do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience when visiting Gansbaai, the Mecca of Great White Sharks.

Benguela is the perfect location for the shark cage diving & viewing tours and the whale watching tours. In partnering with Shark Divers (insert hyperlink to www.whitesharkdivers.co.za we offer our special guests preferred rates on these tours.

Gentle Giants

Whale Watching Boat & Land Based

De Kelders, where we are situated, is known for the best land based whale watching in South Africa. Benguela overlooks the Walker Bay Marine Reserve where the Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales frequent between June and November to mate and give birth to their young. Boat based tours are available on special rates to our valued guests.