Ocean 11

Ocean 11 A luxury option with stunning sea vistas, Ocean 11 is totally slick, with a colonial bent. A good location, direct access to the cliff path, and top-notch amenities. Rates: R940-R1160

Misty Waves Hotels

Misty Waves Hotels The rooms can be very Versailles at this boutique spot, but the views are unsurpassed and you’ll see the whales frolic practically beneath your windows. Some of the rooms have spa baths, which, along with their wedding facilities and a quaint chapel, makes this a popular option for newlyweds. They also have an inviting swimming pool and garden. Rates: R800-R3000 per room.

The Marine Hermanus

The Marine Hermanus Something of an icon, and containing two of the best restaurants in town, The Marine is a grand hotel in the five-star category, with possibly the best position in Hermanus close to the town square, with a lawn that leads onto the cliff path and down to a huge tidal pool. Rates: R2250-R4000

Hermanus Backpackers

Hermanus Backpackers If you prefer your accommodation lively and you’re keen to meet people of all ages from around the world, then these backpackers ticks all the boxes. There’s big-screen sport in the pub most nights, and a small swimming pool if you just want to soak up some sun in the courtyard. Very laid-back. Rates: R110 dorm bed R320-R350 per room No - Credit Cards are accepted.

16 Reasons Guesthouse

16 Reasons Guesthouse As the name would suggest, they actually have 16 individual reasons to stay here, some of which include a good farmhouse breakfast, a heated salt- water pool, complimentary glühwein or hot chocolate on your return from whale-watching, and a convenient central location. Top marks. Rates: R400-R480

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...

Percy Tours

Percy Tours These specialists in designing tailor-made tours boast over 300 activities to choose from, whether safaris, shark cage diving or micro-lighting flights over Walker Bay. It really is special to see the whales from above. They also offer luxury transport around the Western Cape with experienced tour guides. Uncle Percy won’t leave you bored, that’s for sure. Rates: R350-...

Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre

For adventures of an equestrian nature, best drive about 15 minutes out of Hermanus to Klein Paradys where you can choose from a number of trails in the beautiful Overberg – depending on your abilities and requirements. With nearly two decades of experience, and tuition with SANEF-qualified instructors, you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. For the more adventurous,...

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 Quads

Choose from a variety of quad bike trails with incredible views. Or combine romance and adventure with one of their stargazing trips, complete with professional guide and telescope. They also have 4km of fields to choose from for paintball massacres – they’ve hosted some of the biggest paintball parties in the country. Add to that nine new treetop slides (the longest...

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...

Seafood at The Marine

Seafood at The Marine Following a chance visit to the seafood counter at Harrods in London, proprietor Liz McGrath was inspired to open a less formal restaurant that focuses on the freshest seafood from Walker Bay. Observe the frenetic fun in the open kitchen as young, talented chefs prepare a daily culinary feast. Hours: Noon-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm daily. Main courses R120. Seafood at The Marine...

Savannah Café

This famous favourite for afternoon tea has been redecorated with a chocolate theme that betrays its forte – cake. No, seriously: cake! The only way to get over a craving is to indulge it. However, they also do light meals and offer a special health and diabetic menu. Choose between sitting out on the stoep or in the cosy interior. Hours: 8am-6pm Mon-Fri (off-season 9am-...


Rossi’s delivers – in more ways than one. Famous since 1985 for their wood-fired thin-base pizzas, the unpretentious Rossi’s also offers a mean menu of pasta, steak and seafood. Prices are very reasonable, and their popularity among the locals means you may have to book ahead to be assured of a seat. Hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-late daily. Main courses R75.

The Pavillion

This elegant restaurant in the stately Marine Hermanus hotel offers fine dining and exception- al cuisine with French flavours, complemented by superb sea views. It’s a top dining experience. Take your time and savour every course and indulge in excellent wine pairing options too. Hours: 7-10.30am daily by appointment only; 7-9.30pm Tue-Sat (winter limited opening...