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De Kelders

This is the place the Southern White Wales call home! You don't have to look for them. This is simply where they are between July and December. The whales you will see in abunance are the Southern White Whales.These whales travel to Walker Bay every year to mate, give birth and play until they depart to the ice cold waters of Antartica for the rest of the year. The whales regulary come within a few meters of the shore. Standing on top of one of the cliffs or rock formations along the ocean, you can easily spot the whales cruising by below.

“De Kelders” is the Afrikaans name for “The Caves”. Numerous larger and smaller caves penetrate deep into the rock formations under the houses of De Kelders. The Drup Kelders cave is the only freshwater cave on the coast of Africa, which was utilised as a swimming pool. It has natural mineral water and was visited in 1798 by Lady Anee Barnard.

Drup Kelders, after which it was named, has several fairly deep freshwater rock pools, filled by water seeping in from a freshwater fountain. It was known as one of the natural wonder of the old Colony.

De Kelders is a resedential area and in spite of its attractions it has been immune to large scale tourism developments. There is a restaurant and pub in De Kelders as well as a coffee shop overlooking the bay. A protective cove, Stanford's Bay, in the middle of De Kelders is perfect for swimming.

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