Strand – Tales of Whales – review

  reviewed by tourismZA

Highly recommended

Located at the beginning of the Whale Route, only 32.2km from Town International Airport, about 900m from the beach, Tales of Whales is within striking distance of most things you would want to do in the Western Cape.

This new guest house doesn’t yet feature on the local places to stay radar but I have a feeling it is going to become very much part of the internationally acclaimed golf courses, wine farms, micro-breweries, restaurants, and cheetah outreach are within a 5km radius.

What makes Tales of Whales guest house special is that it is a quiet,Garden and lapa peaceful space tucked away in a tranquil garden setting that offers a true home from home.

If weather conditions and/or whales are in the bay your should seriously consider heading out into the open ocean with the owner – Mike Baker. This is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime for you … and as Mike puts it good training for him as he prepares for his epic paddle from Port Elizabeth to East London at the end of the year.


Accommodation is limited to three very spacious, more than comfortable rooms in the guest house plus an adjoining thatched cottageDriftwood room. All rooms have en suite shower and/or bathroom with underfloor heating and heated towel racks to keep the Cape winter at bay. The wood fire in the lounge and the bottomless Old Brown Sherry are a reason to look forward to staying indoors during Cape Winter rains or when the gale-force winds of the Cape Doctor kick in!

Tales of whales has most things you would expect of a three-star establishment, but the special feel of the place and the home from home, what can we do for you, hospitality makes this new guest house a place you will visit time and again.

How to get there – Easy; do a search on Google maps for Tales of Whales guest house
Whether you are coming from the airport or surrounding wine farms, get onto the R44 heading towards Strand, as you cross the bridge over the N2 set your odometer, turn right into Church Street after 3.9km. Tales of Whales, 79 Church Street is three blocks down on the left hand side – you can’t miss it, there are two bright orange kayaks hanging on the street-side of the wall.

Mike Baker; +27 071 935 6419;