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Hermanus
Hermanus
Hermanus
Hermanus
Hermanus

It is one of the best places for spotting marine life...

...and offers stunning views of the ocean...

...as well as other great activities.

Hermanus

Hermanus: in detail

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…)



Where to stay in Hermanus

Our suggestions for places to stay in Hermanus


Ocean Eleven

Ocean Eleven

Ocean Eleven is a small, high-quality guest house in a superb location beside the cliff path, overlooking the ocean, a short distance from Hermanus.


93% (35 reviews)
The Marine

The Marine

Set on the clifftop, The Marine is a luxury seafront hotel close to the centre of Hermanus, one of South Africa's top whale-watching areas.


100% (6 reviews)
Auberge Provence

Auberge Provence

Elegant yet relaxed, Auberge Provence is a comfortable guesthouse with stunning views over Walker Bay. It is an excellent place to base yourself for whale watching around Hermanus.


100% (4 reviews)
Harbour House Hotel

Harbour House Hotel

Harbour House Hotel is a modern hotel conveniently located in the centre of the old harbour town in Hermanus and offers eighteen tasteful rooms.


87% (3 reviews)
Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House is a wonderfully indulgent, sophisticated base from which to explore Hermanus and its environs, and also for whale watching in season.


100% (2 reviews)
Auberge Burgundy

Auberge Burgundy

Auberge Burgundy is a quaint Provençal-style guesthouse, in the centre of Hermanus, beside the old harbour.


80% (2 reviews)

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