LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS
About The Roundhouse
It was December 2000 Dave Caravias began his business adventure in Gansbaai, South Africa with a clear idea of the design and the building of The Roundhouse Guesthouse.
During the build, the house quickly became known to locals as the Roundhouse, and for obvious reasons that name stuck.
The building was a huge attraction to the locals as it’s so different and is still the most photographed building in the area. We still get locals regularly that just want to walk through the house and see how practical The Roundhouse actually is inside.
Accommodation at The Roundhouse
Rated the best shark cage diving accommodation place in Gansbaai, the Roundhouse is part of a full tourist experience. We offer Gansbaai accommodation and bed & breakfast facilities in the best place in the world for land-based whale-watching and shark cage diving. This the perfect spot for a stayover when embarking on one of the famous shark cage diving excursions in the area.
The guesthouse is situated in de Kelders , which is the prime land-based whale watching area in the world for Southern Right Whales.
The Roundhouse is a three-story high round building with a thatched roof. The house has a very modern African feel and every care has been taken to assure your complete relaxation and comfort rated four stars but with many five stars finishes.
The house has unique features such as a guest lounge on the top floor with panoramic views, rooftop Jacuzzi, pool and games room with Table Tennis and Pool table with free wireless hotspot throughout the premises.
The suites, which consist of a bedroom, living room and bathroom, kitchen facilities including a microwave, toaster, coffee/tea facilities, bar fridge, television, DVD player, stereo, hairdryer, sewing kit, first aid kit, toiletries and more.
We offer a lovely Buffet Breakfast with Muesli, Natural Yoghurt, Breads, Rolls, Muffins, Cheese, Fruit Salad, Traditional Borewors, Bacon and eggs of your choice. Tea and Coffee and Juice.
Note that you have a stunning sea view from the top floor but all of our rooms except one are on the ground floor. Our Carcharias 1 Suite has great views from the first floor with a wrap around balcony. You are welcome in the upstairs lounge area at any time. After a long day out, relaxing in the Jacuzzi with a glass of wine while you enjoy the sunset, Whales and stunning views of the bay.
After a few months of operating The Roundhouse Guesthouse as a B&B, I decided to expand the company and enter into the ever-growing diving and travel industry of South Africa. My focus was on the Gansbaai area, and this saw the birth of Sharkbookings.com.
www.sharkbookings.com is a dive specialist for shark diving countrywide as well as international destinations. Sharkbookings acts as a central website and booking office where travellers can browse and easily learn about sharks, Shark Diving Companies and Shark Diving trips.
I am passionate about sharks and quality diving with big animals and I want everyone to get the best from their experiences, as I have done in the past.
My first diving experience was in Gansbaai in 2000. That day I saw eight sharks and even had the nose of the Great White inside the cage. This experience was very special to me as I had been obsessed with sharks since a little boy thanks to the film, Jaws. Meeting the Great White Shark face to face was an inspiring moment, never to be forgotten.
Thanks to the film Jaws, Great White Sharks are now admired and are on the wanted list to view and photograph for 60,000+ tourists every year. This has developed into a huge industry now with eight licensed operators in Gansbaai and three in False Bay. Great White Shark cage diving is the second most popular wildlife activity in South Africa, it’s an exhilarating activity not to be missed when visiting the country.
In December 2014 I bought the very first Fatbike that came in to the area and took off with my phone and Google Earth. After weeks of riding and exploring I figured out that the spectacular dunes field in De Kelders was the perfect place to show people on a bike. The Grootbos horse tours had been using the dunes for many years and I found an old trail that had been used in previous years which made the dunes easily accessible. I launched my tours in March 2015 and slowly built up the fleet of bikes to the 15 I have now. My tours are absolutely spectacular and proudly the No.1 outdoor activity in Gansbaai on Trip Advisor. The tours are for all levels and from age 8 years old and downhill so easy and fun. Many clients tell us that this was the best activity they had done in South Africa and definitely a ‘Not To Be Missed’ activity when visiting the area.
GANSBAAI BED & BREAKFAST
Rated the best shark diving accommodation place in Gansbaai, the Roundhouse is part of a total tourist experience. We offer Gansbaai accommodation and bed & breakfast facilities in the undisputed best place in the world for Land Based Whale watching and shark cage diving. This the perfect spot for a stay over when embarking on one of the famous shark cage diving excursions in the area.
The guesthouse is situated in de Kelders, which is the prime land based whale watching area in the world for Southern Right Whales.
The Roundhouse is a three story high round building with a thatched roof. The house has a very modern African feel to it and every care has been taken to assure your complete relaxation and comfort rated 4* but with many 5* finishes.
The house has unique features such as a big projector screen television in the bar area and free wireless hotspot internet connectivity throughout the house. This is excellent for anyone from conferences to movie buffs! The suites, which consist of a bedroom, living room and bathroom, have all the little extras such as microwave, toaster, coffee / tea facilities, bar fridge, Television, DVD player, Stereo, Hairdryer, Sewing Kit, First Aid kit, Toiletries and more.
Our breakfast menu includes delicious meals such as a full English breakfast, pancakes, health breakfast and the ever popular continental. We offer room service every day and offer laundry services if wished. For families, we offer a beautiful 6 sleeper self catering cottage just opposite The Roundhouse.
Please note that you have a stunning sea view from the top floor but all of our rooms except 1 are on the ground floor. Our new suite the Carcharias Suite will be up and running in June and has great views form the first floor. You are welcome in the lounge area upstairs at any time… After a long day out, sit on the balcony with a glass of Wine enjoy the sunset and stunning views over the bay..
THE HEART OF TOURISM
The owners of The Roundhouse are heavily involved with the tourism industry owning the local tourist booking centre in Gansbaai itself called The Great White Adventure Centre. This means that we can professionally and easily assist you in booking any type of activity during your stay here and take all of the hassle out of your holiday.* For the shark diving clients we would suggest that you book this with us in advance.
We are at the heart of tourism in Gansbaai and with the central booking office for Shark Cage Diving and Whale watching we will take care of your every need when here and give you the best experience possible during your visit.
Mobile: +27 (0)82 466 4519