Your hosts

The apartment is owned and managed by Dave and Wendy Upfold. We are both born and raised South Africans. We have 3 wonderful adult children, Samantha, Jenna and Michael.

Dave left school and joined the South African Air Force as a pilot. After 20 years service he retired and we moved to Dubai where he took up a job with Emirates Airline and is currently a captain on the Airbus A380. 

I am a teacher and although I have had other jobs during my years, I have always been drawn back to teaching. My work provides me with the greatest job satisfaction any person could wish for. 

As a family we have always been animal lovers and marine mammals have had a fascination for all of us.  Our eldest daughter, Samantha, and her partner, Russel, are avid star gazers and it is in De Kelders that they are able to do this to their hearts desire. Our middle daughter, Jenna, and her partner, Ben, are both involved in a marine mammal related job and have a special fascination for Whales. Our son is an outdoor person and after completing his B.SC. (Sports Science) at Stellenbosch University he returned to Dubai to join his partner, Patrycja, who is cabin crew for Emirates Airline and took up a position working alongside his sister in the Marine Mammal field. Gansbaai offers them all the chance to enjoy the sea environment that they love so.!

We spent many years travelling South Africa looking for a place that we could call home in our retirement. Many years of searching came to an end in December 2013. Our children wanted to do Shark Cage Diving and we decided that it would be a great Christmas present for them.  We booked the Shark Cage diving experience and found an apartment to rent for 2 days. We walked into the apartment and immediately knew that this is where we wanted to be! 4 months later we were the owners of our Whale Cove apartment.

We hope that you will enjoy your time in our home and trust that it is comfortable and provides you with the rest and relaxation that a holiday should provide.