A few hours' drive from Cape Town or the Wine Region, on the coast, Hermanus is one of the world's prime whale-watching spots. There's nothing between here and the Antarctic, from where whales migrate between about May and December (though the prime viewing months are August to November). They come to sheltered bays to mate, calve and rear their young, and can be easily seen from cliff-top walks around the area.

Activities available locally include sea-kayaking, canoeing on nearby lagoons, shark cage diving, and horse-riding. However, we'd recommend that you visit Hermanus for its wild and beautiful coastline, land-based whale-watching, and the fynbos flora found here.

Hotels and guest houses around Hermanus

Hermanus has a good choice of comfortable accommodation options, from friendly bed-and-breakfasts to luxurious lodges. Below, we've gathered our favourites for you:

Auberge Burgundy

In the historic heart of Hermanus, beside the old harbour, the charming Provençal-style Auberge Burgundy has 18 smart, comfortable bedrooms. Some are arranged around the lodge's rooftop swimming pool, whilst all the rooms are flooded by fresh, salty sea smells at all times! (Read more about Auberge Burgundy…)

Birkenhead House

On the outskirts of Hermanus, Birkenhead House is a special place: elegant and sophisticated. It's perched on cliffs above a small beach on Walker Bay, with great views. Birkenhead has a Mediterranean feel, 11 beautifully designed rooms, and impressive levels of friendly service. (Please call us for details about Birkenhead House…)

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is more than a place to stay; it's a destination in its own right – a real gem lying just 40 minutes east of Hermanus. It has two luxurious lodges, Forest Lodge and Garden Lodge, with 27 exquisitely designed suites. Stay here to learn about the local marine life and unique fynbos ecosystem! (Read more about Grootbos Private Nature Reserve…)

Ocean Eleven

Ocean Eleven stands on the edge of Hermanus, beside the cliff path, overlooking the ocean. It's a high-quality guest house with 10 lovely, airy rooms – all with teak floors, high ceilings and smart, contemporary bathrooms. Outside, a pool and loungers overlook Walker Bay. (Read more about Ocean Eleven…)

The Marine

Set high on the cliffs above the ocean, the Marine – a Relais & Châteaux property – is a classic hotel with 43 rooms, a swimming pool, two restaurants and a small spa. The whales are within sight from the veranda, yet it's almost in the centre of Hermanus. (Read more about the Marine…)

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