Hermanus is one of those idyllic destinations – it combines a quiet fishing village vibe with loads of wildlife, gorgeous wine farms, and close proximity to Cape Town.
Hermanus is world-renowned for its whale-watching between around July and December. It’s at this time when the southern rights, humpbacks and, sometimes, Minke whales visit the coastline and entertain their spectators. Whales are just about as curious as we are. So, they may approach whale-watching boats, peek out of the water at the humans, or even leap out in powerful displays of their playfulness.
More than this, Hermanus is a fantastic getaway for anyone that wants to relax to the sounds of crashing waves and the bracing sea air.
Hermanus has so much to offer in the way of accommodation, attractions and activities. We’ve highlighted a few of our favourites to make planning your trip a little easier.
Whether you’re after a real spoil or you’re trying to stick to a budget, SA-Venues.com has gorgeous accommodation in Hermanus to suit you.
This self-catering house takes “seafront accommodation” to new levels. Perched on the rocks of the shore, it is spacious and open – inviting the sea spray and sunshine into the opulent living areas. It is situated at the entrance to the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, near the wine route and beaches that make Hermanus such a special destination. The house has five en-suite bedrooms and can sleep 10 guests. The beach club offers a swimming pool, squash court, tennis court, gym, pool table and mini-golf course.
This seaside villa is just 90 minutes from Cape Town, but far away from the “real world”. The views of Walker Bay and its whales are breath-taking and the sound of the waves relentless. It’s only a walk away from shops, restaurants, Old Harbour, and the iconic cliff walking trail. Ideal for up to eight guests, the villa has gorgeous entertainment areas, inviting bedrooms, and sweeping views of the Atlantic from its terrace. The fireplace is perfect for winter’s evenings spent sipping on local wines or reading a good book.
Just one block away from the gorgeous Grotto Beach, this villa is light and airy; ideal for eight adults and two children. There are seven beautifully-appointed bedrooms, four bathrooms and a stylish open-plan living and dining area. The plunge pool and braai area are irresistible on balmy summer days, while the fireplace beckons on cooler evenings.
This self-catering apartment is a middle-of-the-road option in terms of its rate, but doesn’t compromise on comfort. It has two bedrooms (to sleep a total of four guests), a spacious living and entertainment area and a well-equipped kitchen. There are a garden and patio with a Weber braai, and the complex has a swimming pool for the use of its guests. This apartment is close to the hub of Hermanus and its restaurants and shops.
This four-star accommodation is perfect for four guests and offers great extras that include air-con, mosquito nets, Wi-Fi and Netflix. It’s only a walk away from the centre of Hermanus, but has a tranquil ambience that is perfect for tired minds and bodies. The swimming pool, fireplace, and chairs hanging under the trees are all parts of making Forty Trees particularly special.
Although this guest house offers luxurious features, its rates remain affordable. It has a serene look and feel and is all about enjoying the slower pace of the seaside and the laid-back vibe of this whale-watching hub. The private patio and swimming pool are enticing on summer days, and the rooms have been designed to let in the light and air from the outdoors.
Simple, clean accommodation awaits visitors to Hermanus on a budget at Kure Kure. The two self-catering chalets sleep a total of seven, are well-equipped, and are just minutes away from the centre of Hermanus and its beaches. Each unit has a patio and garden with braai facilities, where sundowners or local wines can be enjoyed in pretty surrounds.
Whether you’re after a B&B or self-catering accommodation, this spot is a fantastic option. There are six guest rooms, including a family room for four. Because it’s perched on the Main Road, this guest house is conveniently close to the restaurants, shops, and beaches of Hermanus. The wine route is nearby too, promising visitors memorable tastings of impressive varieties that they can buy and take home.
With rates starting from only R400 per room per night, this is a must for wallet-conscious travellers. This pretty spot is on the Onrus River and surrounded by greenery and birdlife. It’s also close to the beaches (hotspots for whale watching and watersports) and less than two hours from Cape Town.
What’s a visit to South Africa without awesome food? This is one of the tastiest destinations in the world, and Hermanus is home to a number of restaurants, bistros, delis and coffee shops that are well worth a visit.
An elegant setting, unique menu, and gorgeous ocean views await hungry patrons of La Pentola. This restaurant has an inviting feel and its menu boasts a distinct fusion of South African and Mediterranean cuisines.
Perfectly situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this restaurant sits amongst the mountains, vineyards and valleys of the Cape Overberg. The menu showcases a delightful combination of comforting favourites with contemporary twists.
The coffee is great, the pies freshly baked, and the sandwiches moreish at this unique little deli. Mismatched crockery and antique cutlery, vintage lights and shelves laden in books all contribute to the Oskars experience.
For more great options, visit the Savannah Café and Just Pure Bistro.
Of course, the obvious choice for visitors to Hermanus is whale watching, as there are often so many of these magnificent animals to see between around July and December. But, Hermanus offers plenty of variety all year round. Here are some of our favourites:
- Visit the Wine Village and stock up on some local favourites and unique varieties.
- See the inquisitive seals and penguins or get closer to whales and dolphins when you go kayaking in Walker Bay.
- Whether you’re a seasoned SUP-per or want to learn to stand-up paddle, Hermanus is a great place to do it.
- Head out into the glorious countryside for a guided horse-riding tour along the river or on the white sandy stretches of the beaches.
- Visit the Whale Museum and watch the whale show.
- Eat the freshest seafood and watch the whales just metres away at the unique Bientang’s Cave.
- Peruse the stalls and discover little treasures at the Hermanus Country Market or the Hermanuspietersfontein Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning.