Hermanus is on the southern coast of the Western Cape along the Cape Whale Coast Route. It is an easy 90 minute drive from Cape Town and a great stop prior to heading down the Garden Route.

The area is well known for it’s whale season when the Southern Right whales visit Hermanus. The whales are spotted as early as June and usually head off around early December. This attracts many visitors to the area, especially for the annual whale festival at the end of September.

  • The world's only Whale Crier sounds his kelp horn to announce the sighting of whales in Hermanus
  • Designated pathways along the cliffs from New Harbour all the way to Grotto Beach have uninterrupted ocean views and are popular for walking or running
  • Play a game of boule at La Vierge and indulge in a food pairing sensation at Creation when exploring the Hemel-en-Aarde wine route

There are a number of excellent beaches to choose from with Grotto Beach in Voelklip being the largest. This beach has Blue Flag status and is very popular for those perfect beach days of sand castles, buckets and spades, tanning, and swimming. Voelklip Beach and Langbaai are great surfing spots with ideal waves for body boarding too.

Hermanus has a wonderful wine route worthy of a day trip or two. The Hemel-en-Aarde (meaning heaven and earth) valley meanders through some glorious countryside with spectacular views. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc vines thrive in the clay soil cooled by ocean breezes. Sip your way through Whalehaven, Hamilton Russell, Bouchard Finlayson, Newton Johnson, ending with Creation in its elevated position.

Hermanus offers hiking trails, excellent bird watching opportunities, outdoor adventure activities including golf, fishing, horse riding, great white shark diving (from nearby Gansbaai), paragliding, sailing, scuba diving, great beaches and boat based whale watching.

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5 Bedroom

10 Guests

Pretty Belinda

Hermanus, Overberg, South Africa, Western Cape

This sprawling five-bedroom Hermanus villa is furnished like a five-star hotel but designed for family living. Located in a secure golf estate, within the whale watching capital of South Africa, and surrounded by some of the best wine terroirs in Africa. A mere two hour drive from Cape Town, this is both alternative or add-on to a city sojourn.

4 Bedroom

10 Guests

Langbaai Thatch House

Hermanus, Overberg, South Africa, Western Cape

At the epicentre of Hermanus’ best beaches, Langbaai Thatch is a comfortable and well-equipped villa, a stone’s throw from the little-known coastal gem that is Langbaai Beach. A secluded sandy cove located between two rocky promontories, Langbaai is both pretty and protected, with a safe break that is great for swimming, then soaking up the sun.

4 Bedroom

10 Guests

Cape Chestnut

Hermanus, Overberg, South Africa, Western Cape

Designer Villa with superb art collection and spectacular elevated views stretching across the city to the ocean and far beyond.