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Umnenge Lodge & Charters
Ranked #19 of 29 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Kenya
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18 reviews
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“A great place to stay if you are in Gaansbai”
Reviewed 20 October 2012

We stayed 2 nights in October 2012. From the minute we arrived we were very comfortable and felt at home. Richard, Mary and the boys are gracious and entertaining hosts. Dora the dog is really lovely. Breakfast is really superb.
the rooms are.... wow!
It's a shame the overhead telephone line across the street spoiled the photos of the bay taken from our balcony. That is my only complaint and Richard and Mary can't do anything about this!
Thank you both for a super stay.

Room Tip: If the quality of a place is judged by the bathroom then Umnenge Lodge is 6 star!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

we had a great of this very luxuyious guest house.The bedroom was very spacious and comprised balcony.With great to the sea and the whales.The location is nearby the bat caves.Richard and Mary do everything if you ask them for activities.They are simpley the best.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Saint-Nazaire, France
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

We stay three nights at the Umnenge Lodge last july and we had a perfect time!We had a very nice welcome by our host Richard an Mary,they was ready for to help and show us some interesting things all the time whene we need.Our room was great with a very beautiful view on the sea,we saw some whales jumping sometimes,incredibale!!!From the lodge it was very easy to go eat somewhere by walk too by the sea front and it's possible to see some smal animals in the rock and again some whales,sometimes 5,only in few minutes walking!!!We will save a very good souvenir of this time at the Umnenge Lodge and whant to say again Thank you so much at Richard and Mary again for Their kindness.It's sure we will come back next year!
Sébastien and Gee.

Room Tip: A very good room with a sea view,it's possible to see some whales from the room!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

I just returned from Cape Town from a business trip. I spent 2 nights at Umnenge Lodge. And I must say, it was great. I wondered what makes Umnenge such a special place and to me the answer is the great hospitality shown by Richard and Mary and their sons. From the first second I felt home away from home. A lodge that I can recommend without any hesitation to rest seekers and marine life enthousiast.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

The owners, Richard and Mary, have created a charming lodge in Gansbaii. They are a most hospitable couple, who can provide lots of information about the various activities the area offers. We found the rooms to be large and beautifully decorated, along with a private balcony facing the sea. In addition to a delicious breakfast, they offer a home-cooked dinner, if so desired.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reading England
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

What a find! Richard and Mary have created (and literally built) a welcoming, beautifully appointed and charming haven in a fabulous location. They are enterprising and attentive hosts and Richard is a mine of information to ensure you get the most from the area. The rooms are spacious with great views and a private balcony for a relaxing sun-downer. Breakfast is copious and cooked before your eyes as you discuss the prospects for the day. Unlike many parts of SA the area is very safe and any security needed is at a minimum. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

We spent 2 nights, Jan 3-5 in this beatiful lodge in De Kelders. View from balcony of our room was breathtaking. De Kelders is really the most beatiful sea coast of SA we exoerienced during 2 weeks. Unfortunately whales were not there((

Special words I have to say to Richard and Mary. Their hospitality was so pleasant for us. Thank you guys! It was real pleasure and good memories.

We did not make fishing with Richard. I wish we did.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Umnenge Lodge & Charters
Address: 1 Eden &15 & 17 Smuts Street | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Umnenge Lodge & Charters 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Umnenge is a family friendly luxury African lodge situated on the rugged cliffs of De Kelders near Gansbaai in South Africa. Umnenge Lodge is a member of Guest House Association South Africa and has received 4 Stars from the Tourism Council South Africa. "Umnenge" is a Xhosa expression meaning 'whale in the bay' and refers to the Southern Right Whale which can be seen from Umnenge Lodge, frolicking in the waters of Walker bay from June to January. ... more   less 
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