Recreation and Sports

Walker Bay Adventures

Walker Bay Adventures Boat-based whale-watching is something special, but frankly nowhere near as thrilling as being right on the water in a kayak when a southern right decides to leap up and give a splash-down for general applause. By law you can’t venture closer than 300m, but your proximity to the water itself more than makes up for that short distance. After a thorough briefing on...

Hermanus Whale Cruises

Hermanus Whale Cruises With their new 70-seater boat Whale Cruiser, there’s no need to book ahead – just pitch up at one of the appointed times and hop on for a boat- based whale-watching experience you’ll never forget. The whale-watching runs from mid-May to mid-January, while they’ll take you on a cruise to see dolphins, seals and African penguins right up until May. They also do cultural...

Hermanus Golf Club

Hermanus Golf Club Situated under the mountains of Hermanus, a brand new Peter Matkovich course has replaced the old parkland layout as part of the new Fernkloof Estate. It undulates in places, has plenty of pine trees framing the holes, and offers its fare share of challenges. Look out for the signature 11th hole – an uphill par 5 through a narrow avenue of pine trees to an elevated green...

The Funzone

The Funzone The diminutive members of the family may be averse to a day of fynbos, or could hamper the romance of a stroll along the cliff path, which makes the Funzone a rather useful distraction. They offer a safe, clean play environment with a large modular play frame, jumping castles, arcade games, a climbing wall and more. There’s also a separate soft-play area for little ones,...

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof Nature Reserve The fynbos-clad Fernkloof offers several different grades of walk, and a visit to this dramatic nature reserve is considered obligatory among local holiday-makers. Over 1 600 different plant species are found within the reserve, which compares quite well with the UK’s total number of 1500 species! There are also wheelchair-friendly paths and healing plant gardens. Whether...

Rent-a-Bicycle

Rent-a-Bicycle Why walk when you can cycle? It’s a fun way of enjoying a larger area of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. With some luck you’ll have to swerve to avoid a Cape mongoose or a baboon! Rates: R120 full day.

The Palmiet Experience

Although they now operate all year round, winter nonetheless remains the better choice if you’re gunning for the white-knuckle experience, when rainfall transforms the river into a white-water roller- coaster. Their inflatable craft have been specially developed for the Palmiet – if used in a reclining position, they provide a comfortable way to drift lazily along the...

Prestwich Memorial Building and Garden

During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Atlantic Seaboard suburbs of Green Point and the Waterfront were dominated by a large unmarked burial ground used for persona-non-grata members of white society, as well as slaves, servants and Khoisan. In 2003, the remains were uncovered when building commenced on a fancy high rise. Archeologists and volunteers set about the...

Heritage Square

Heritage Square Dating back to the late 18th century, this cluster of Dutch and Edwardian structures is about as close as it comes to Cape Town's first shopping centre. Back in the day it housed everything from all manner of businesses including a rope warehouse, tobacconist, snuff maker, baker and even an undertaker. Today, the only reminder of this time is the solitary vine, which was...

Umnenge Charters

Umnenge Charters All good anglers know that where there are sharks there’ll be fish and this local fishing charter setup knows all the best spots for dropping your lines. From catching local reef fish like the silverfish to geelbek and crayfish in season to reeling in big guns like yellowtail and snoek, this is yet another way to get up close and personal with the creatures of the bay....

Baardskeerdersbos Horse Trails

There’s more to this region than whales and sharks. Take time out to visit Baardskeedersbos, something of a one-horse village (around 25km from Gansbaai) where horseback trails offer a different view of the surrounds. If you’re feeling less than energetic, pop into the real-deal Strandveld pub. Rates Guided mountain trails R150 p/hour. No credit cards are accepted.

Way Down Africa Adventure Centre

Way Down Africa Adventure Centre If a sunset cruise on a hydrofoil-supported catamaran (on two oceans) sounds like your cup of tea, visit Cape Agulhas Backpackers and speak to owners Erin and Malan Conradie who also run the town’s adventure centre. Malan, a boat designer by trade, will help you spot whales (in season), dolphins, hammerhead sharks, seals and stingrays. The centre also offers sea...

Waenhuiskrans Cave

The Waenhuiskrans Cave, (the name translates to ‘barn’ – specifically a barn big enough to house an ox wagon – and ‘cliff’, referring to the cave’s size and position) is the main attraction of the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, which is an extended area of sand dunes. There are some lovely, peaceful walks through the reserve. The cave is only accessible at low tide, but a...

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (Agulhas National Park)

Built in 1848, this is the second-oldest working lighthouse in the country, and was designed in homage to the Pharos of Alexandria – one of the seven man-made wonders of the ancient world. Browse the museum and curio shop, and take a load off for tea. A climb up the series of precipitous wooden ladders is well worth it. Open 9am-5pm daily (tower closes 4.40pm). Admission...

Moniki Chocolatier

Moniki Chocolatier Visit Niki de Wolf for tailored chocolate-tastings or a gourmet high tea. Groups and children are welcome and kiddies’ workshops can be arranged. Take home a box of rooibos or lavender pralines or truffles flavoured with ginger or orange. Heavenly. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-4pm Sat; 10.30am-3pm Sun. Rates R35 a tasting. No credit cards are accepted.