Hermanus

Rich in breathtaking scenery, the Overberg region begins an hour south east of Cape Town and offers an amazing opportunity to explore without having to spend the whole day in the car. The seaside town of Hermanus – formerly Hermanuspietersfontein – is well known for its seasonal whale migration and lays claim to being the best destination for land-based whale watching in the world.

The village has become increasingly popular over the years with a great selection of top restaurants and bars all dotted along the coastline, providing amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. Quaint guesthouses and upmarket hotels are all within walking distance of the vibrant town center, where craft markets and boutique shops beg to be browsed.

For the adventurous, Great White Shark cage diving is a popular thrill and Gansbaai – where a healthy population of Great White Sharks lives – is just a short, scenic drive from Hermanus. Take in some culture with a visit to the Old Harbour Musuem or head down to the glorious Hemel-en-Aarde wine region for some outstanding local wine and cheese. Spoil yourself with a visit to Arabella – a sought after golf and spa resort.

The region lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region – home to the greatest non-tropical concentration of plant species in the world – and is the only region to encompass an entire floral kingdom. The quaint fishing village of Arniston, the cosy town of Greyton and several nature reserves all combine to make this a magical part of your itinerary.

 

 

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Grootbos Garden Lodge

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Just a 2-hour drive from Cape Town, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers luxurious five-star accommodation surrounded by untouched indigenous fynbos, magical milkwood forests and the beautiful oceanic vista of Walker Bay. This unique eco-friendly reserve has been designed to blend seamlessly into the natural beauty of the surrounds, ensuring that guests feel as close to nature as possible. Grootbos means ‘big forest’ in Afrikaans, the name us inspired by the huge milkwood trees in the area which are thousands of years old. Responsible tourism is a top priority for Grootbos, with contributions from trade being donated to the Grootbos Foundation to sustain conservation and aid nearby communities

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The Marine

The Marine

The small coastal town of Hermanus along the Western Cape south coast is known for its spectacular whale watching (June to September), and for the prime viewing location visitors look no further than the elegant Marine Hotel which sits atop the magnificent cliffs of Walker Bay overlooking where the whales like to play. But the whales aren’t the only draw card of this magnificent Relais & Chateaux property.

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African Pride Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

If you’re looking for five-star luxury beachfront accommodation, then African Pride Mosselberg guesthouse in Hermanus is the answer. The seaside town, just two hours from Cape Town, on the southern coast is famous for its whale watching and with Mosselberg guesthouse a mere stone’s throw away from Grotto Beach, guests are spoilt with endless sea views from sunrise to sunset.

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Abalone Lodge

Abalone Lodge

Just over an hour’s drive out of Cape Town, along the Atlantic coast, lies the stunning seaside town of Hermanus. Beautiful in its own right, it is also famous for being one of the best whale-watching areas in the world and draws nature enthusiasts year after year to bear witness to these great mammals’ playful spectacle. Abalone Guest Lodge is a stone’s throw from the sweeping white beaches of this seaside gem, as well as a short walk from the bustling town. The lodge offers excellent comfort and hospitality in a tastefully decorated, four-star home from home.

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Birkenhead House & Villa

Birkenhead House and Villa

The exquisite cliffside location of Birkenhead House makes this private hotel, situated in Hermanus a gem for locals and tourists alike. Situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking two beaches, the laid-back atmosphere of the hotel with its glamorous beach-house style décor is the perfect blend of luxury, sophistication and relaxation.

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Grootbos Forest Lodge

Grootbos Forest Lodge

An African safari with a difference is to be found at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, near Hermanus in South Africa’s Western Cape. Instead of searching out the Big Five, guests explore the wonders of the Cape Floral kingdom, where smaller wildlife roams through unspoilt hills of pristine fynbos, ancient milkwood forests have their own mystery and the marine ‘Big Five’ of whales, dolphins, sharks, penguins and seals are a seasonal attraction. Forest Lodge provides luxurious accommodation in this natural paradise, world-class food, a tranquil forest spa and gorgeous swimming pool, with stunning views over the fynbos to the ocean.

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