MannaBay | Cape Town
With a gate leading directly from the hotel’s grounds to the Table Mountain National Park, MannaBay is both a luxury boutique hotel and a gateway to this iconic table-topped landmark. The views of the Mother City are dazzling whether you’re breakfasting at The MannaBay Café, clinking champagne flutes at the rooftop Atlas Bar, or taking a dip in Pom Pom’s private plunge pool. The 8 quirky rooms are individually decorated, and come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Most have balconies with mountain or ocean views, and some offer free-standing tubs and/or private plunge pools. Other amenities include a 24-hour butler service, a gym, an outdoor pool and a firepit.
Try and find a bed more well-appointed than the day bed on Versailles’ private balcony. Overlooking the city and harbour beyond, Versailles is our premier suite, inspired by the regal splendour of the Palace of Versailles and the Ancien Régime in France. This suite would have made Louis XIV cerise pink with envy.
Sure, the four-poster day bed is fit for happy honeymooners who wish to slumber beneath the stars, but there’s no need to wait for wedding bells to enjoy it. Luxury like this comes with a “Because I’m worth it” disclaimer. Inside, the four-poster mirror bed, framed by royal blue and silver fleur-de-lis wall paper, is just as special. Relax with a drink from the mini bar, whether Bombay Sapphire gin, wine or whisky, or a caffeine fix from the George Clooney-approved Nespresso machine – rusks provided.
You’ll have your own private sitting room, a dressing room and an en-suite bathroom big enough for a few juggling and cartwheeling court jesters. Oh and there’s also a shower and a deep, opulent free-standing bath for the royal couple, with a throne chair for the lady-in-waiting.
The clue is in the name. One of MannaBay’s more contemporary suites, Black & White has a private balcony that face the mountain. Unwind on the outdoor furniture and let your body clock re-set to African time. Beautiful framed zebra hide prints decorate the wall, alongside dramatic black and white photographs. Even the orchids match the theme… Here on MannaBay’s top floor, you can look out over the Table Mountain National Park from your extra-length king-size bed.
Were they still alive today, the great explorers of yesteryear would have laid down their compasses and sea-weary heads here in MannaBay’s Explorer Room during a sojourn in the Cape. Pioneering explorers like Bartholemeu Dias, who discovered our Cape of Good Hope, for instance.
To rediscover the adventurer in you, follow the hotel stairs to the middle floor, where views of Signal Hill and the city shine in through floor-to-ceiling windows. You can even glimpse the outdoors (as far as the Atlantic Ocean) as you bathe in the en-suite’s marble walk-in shower.
Sailing ships adorn the walls, nguni cattle rugs the floors. You’ll find a writing desk, complete with magnifying glass, a typewriter atop a sea-faring war chest, and a luxurious king-size bed to unwind into after a day of exploring the urban jungles of the Mother City.
Pom Pom shares its private courtyard garden with a rather spectacular porcupine who keeps watch over the plunge pool reserved for Pom Pom’s own mermaids and men. Tucked away on the lower level of the three-tiered MannaBay, Pom Pom is a natural paradise fluttering with indigenous fauna and flora.
On the walls inside you’ll find pom poms, the flower theme continuing on through to the secret garden outside where wild plants frame the Mother City in the distance. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors let you glimpse all from the comfort of your extra length king-size bed, as little sunbirds sing to you from their framed nests on the walls.
Orchid hunters need look no further. You’re bound to breathe a little easier as you enter this Garden of Orchid Eden.
Varietals of the unique and fragile plants decorate the walls of this luxury bedroom and its en-suite bathroom. Their deep purple hues compliment the crisp white linen of the twin beds, the white marble floors and the white shutters. Here on the upper level, large sliding doors open onto an earthy wooden balcony with cushy outdoor sofas and a front row seat to Table Mountain.
Sip freshly-brewed herbal teas or chilled champers beneath the garden umbrella, with interruptions only from the sounds of resident swallows and the smells of orchids in bloom.
Relax among the cherry blossom wallpaper in this contemporary room, right under the mountain, overlooking the koi pond. After a hot shower, turn in to the cosiness of your king-size bed.
Gazing up at the hanging bird cage, you’ll be dreaming of Geishas in no time. Traditional Japanese men in kimonos adorn the walls, watching over you as you sleep. Like us, they want to ensure that you have as special a time as possible.
Recreate a scene from the Mikado, give the Buddha’s tummy a rub for good luck or laze back on your private outdoor balcony after a day in the Winelands.
Inspired by the luxuriousness of the fine eponymous carpets and style of the Persian Empire, the Persian Room features opulent chocolate walls, a king-size bed (or alternatively twin beds) with white linen, and of course that handsome Persian prince hanging on the wall.
Pull back the white shutters and look out over the swimming pool and Table Mountain, which peers down at you from above. Enjoy a G&T on the outdoor sofas on your private patio or walk out into the garden to explore your kingdom.
Let our staff treat you like a Prince(ss) as you unwind in the splendid comfort of MannaBay.
Is there anything more beautiful and entrancing than a flamingo? Of all of nature’s animals, she is without doubt the one that beguiles even the weariest sightseer. Lay your head to rest here in the warmth of her pretty plumage.
Do the Andean flamingo mating dance or watch the faces of Table Mountain transform above you, through the glass sliding doors.
Enjoy a pink drink or three on the Flamingo’s grand balcony – it’s private, so no one will see you stretch out those wings a little. Take a long bubble bath in the free-standing tub in the en-suite bathroom or write a love letter to someone dear at the personal writing desk.
24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Pool, Secure Parking
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Laundry Service (Available), Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Television, Underfloor Heating, Verandah
Credit Card, Travel Desk
Bed and Breakfast
Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English, French, Xhosa
No. Rooms: 8
Special Interests: Beach / Coastal, Cycling, Gourmet, History & Culture, Nature, Relaxation, Wine
Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel | Paternoster
Looking for an unspoiled ocean getaway? It doesn't get better than the exclusive Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel. Hidden away on the shores of the authentic fishing village of Paternoster, only 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, this is a coastal destination with immeasurable charm.
The 16 exquisite rooms and suites are a fusion of beach style and contemporary luxury with organic lines, hues and textures and an overall feeling of simplicity. Each has its own terrace or courtyard and wide doors that open out onto breath-taking views of sky, sand, sea and space. Take the time to simply be. If you’re feeling more adventurous, set off on an endless beach walk in search of whales and dolphins, hop onto a bicycle for a leisurely ride or take to the waves on a kayak.
Paternoster is a seafood and lobster Mecca, a gourmet destination for travellers in search of the ultimate meal. We create inspired cuisine with a local and organic slant at our Leeto restaurant, which also serves up breath-taking views of the surroundings.
A romantic venue for couples, honeymooners or anyone looking for some special me-time, the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel offers the best of West Coast hospitality and fuss-free luxury.
The spacious Nature King Suites are built on the banks of a riverbed overlooking the unique West Coast nature and landscape. Each suite includes a lounge with fireplace opening onto a private terrace with unforgettable nature views, a loft working area for the business minded and an en-suite bedroom. The average Suite size is 80m².
Each spacious seafront Ocean Suite has a lounge area with fireplace, an en-suite bedroom with bath and shower and a private outdoor terrace on the beach with stunning ocean views. Large windows open onto the terrace. The average Suite size is 40m².
Combining inside and outside living in sheltered privacy. Includes bedroom with en-suite bathroom (30 m2) and private courtyard with relaxing lounge area, beautiful water features and outdoor shower.
Our newest Ocean King Suites offer fascinating views of the Atlantic Ocean embraced by Paternoster’s renowned sun-kissed beach. These luxury suites include a bedroom with a generous en-suite bathroom. Awe-striking views are paired with a romantic ambiance with bathrooms boasting dual-showers, a freestanding bathtub made for 2 and outdoor showers for mindful self-care to be enjoyed under the sun and sky. Relax in ultimate serenity on your private deck to the songs of the ocean only meters away.
24-hour Security, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Pool, Restaurant, Spa
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Laundry Facilities, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television
Airport Shuttle (Available), Room Service
At the helm of Leeto restaurant is renowned Chef, Garth Almazan. “Leeto”, loosely translated from the Khoi San word meaning journey, pays homage to the Khoi tribe who roamed our beautiful coastline and is also representative of Garth’s personal journey as well as the culinary journey that he invites our guests to experience.
Born and bred in Cape Town, Garth grew up in a fisherman’s family and has fond food memories – including the delicious seafood family dinners prepared by his Philippine grandmother. Garth’s journey brought him to the wild natural beauty of Paternoster after spending 18 years as Executive Chef at the find dining restaurant, Catharina’s at Steenberg wine estate. Having cooked for princes and princesses and for the birthday of our beloved Madiba, Nelson Mandela, Garth now lives close to nature and in harmony with the ocean. This is a great inspiration for him and has substantially influenced the food concept in Leeto.
The fusion of Leeto’s prime position with magnificent ocean and nature views and Garth’s refined and contemporary cuisine, we will take you on an exceptional culinary journey showcasing the best the West Coast has to offer. All meals are served at the intimate Leeto Restaurant - from sumptuous organic-inspired breakfasts that showcase fresh local cuisine prepared with unique flair, to delectable light and healthy lunches. Dinners that reflect the finest offerings of the area – all conjured up and prepared with finesse by Chef Garth. The culinary offerings are authentic. There is a strong emphasis on local, homemade and seasonal ingredients using the treasures of the Ocean and the region. The food is prepared fuss free, simple but with a local twist and a subtle sophistication and finesse.
Bed and Breakfast
Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English
No. Rooms: 16
Special Interests: Beach / Coastal, Birding, Fishing, Flora, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife, Wine
Doolhof Boutique Hotel | Wellington
The Doolhof country house is an exclusive and luxurious 5 star venue located in the historic and elegantly restored Doolhof Manor House in Wellington at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass surrounded by mountains. It consists of six individually designed en suite rooms and suites, a separate honeymoon cottage, spacious reception rooms and a large pool in landscaped gardens.
The country house offers an outstanding personalized service, imaginative cuisine and numerous outdoor activities making it a stellar destination in the Cape Winelands.
Please book via our website: www.doolhofboutiquehotel.co.za
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each suite contains extra-length king-size/twin beds, & an en suite with twin basins shower and bath, underfloor heating, & heated towel rails. Free Wi-Fi, air-con, TV, phone, safe, tea/coffee, & seating area available. Direct access to patio area.
Thatch roof, access via a spiral staircase. Room has a king-size/twin beds & bathroom with twin basins, hand shower-over-bath, underfloor heating, & heated towel rails. Room has free Wi-Fi, air-con, TV, phone, safe, tea & coffee tray, & hairdryer.
Free-standing thatched-roof loft cottage. The 1st floor bedroom has extra-length king/twin beds. The ground floor has a large open-plan lounge, with a bar fridge, tea & coffee tray, and a TV. Cottage has a private verandah/patio.
Thatch roof, access via a spiral staircase. Room has a king-size/twin beds & bathroom with twin basins, hand shower-over-bath, underfloor heating, & heated towel rails. Room has free Wi-Fi, air-con, TV, phone, safe, tea & coffee tray, & hairdryer.
24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Barbeque Facilities, Chapel, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Detached Private Bathroom, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Room Service
Bed and Breakfast
Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge | Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
THE CAPE'S PREMIER WILDLIFE DESTINATION.
Sanbona is one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned nature reserves, stretching across 62 000 hectares of rich protected ecosystems within two biodiversity hotspots. This vast track of land in the Little Karoo outside Montagu, a mere 3.5 hours drive from Cape Town along Route 62, is owned by a non-profit company focused on steering conservation to the forefront of the safari experience. Sanbona offers an authentic and contrasting natural space, striving to create a balance where critically important ecosystems, endangered wildlife and flora can prosper for the benefit of future generations.
Embraced by striking rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion. Nine luxury tents, with private decks and heated plunge pools are set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine. The lodge stands proud within the beautifully weathered landscape reflecting the nomadic lifestyle of the Khoisan hunter-gatherers who once roamed this land..
Explore the haunting beauty of a harsh, unforgiving landscape
Beautifully appointed tents exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in a vast and hidden landscape.
All luxury tents can sleep a maximum of 2 adults per tent
9 King or Twin bedded Luxury Tents
• Private deck with heated plunge pool
• En-suite bathroom, shower, twin basins and free-standing bath
• Outdoor shower
• Comfort cooling/heating
• Private minibar
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Electronic safe
• International dial telephone
• Relaxation Retreat with 2 therapy rooms
• Lounge with fire place and television with satellite channels
• Gift boutique
• Open-air dining boma
• Wine cellar
No children under the age of 16 years allowed.
24-hour Security, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Outside Shower, Plunge Pool, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Credit Card, Room Service
Interactive nature drives, lasting up to 3 hours, take place in the tranquil moods of sunrise and sunset. You are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle and you are
asked to share any particular interests with your ranger who will try to incorporate these into your game drive. On game drives guests will enjoy a sundowner drink at sunset and coffee/tea at
sunrise. No persons under the age of 4 years are permitted to join game drives.
Discover the spirit of the Little Karoo on foot and see the many treasures on the Reserve.
An optional walk with the guidance of a ranger can be arranged to cater for individual needs. From gentle strolls, taking in the breath-taking beauty of the indigenous fauna and flora, to challenging trails discovering isolated vistas, reveal the beauty of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
Be it a gentle walk, or challenging trail to a secluded rock pool which invites one to submerge into its invigorating bliss and then returning to your lodge for a scrumptious meal, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has all of this and much more to offer.
At our Relaxation Retreats, Mother Nature is brought indoors for indulgent pampering. Our body range draws on properties from the world famous indigenous “Fynbos” plant kingdom, eliminating toxins, soothing the soul and rejuvenating the body.
The Relaxation Retreats at Sanbona overlook ancient rock formations and undulating mountains and plains. While the rejuvenating forces of nature cradle you, we deliver a range of world-class treatments and holistic modalities to balance and energise your being. Step into the privacy of our tranquil retreats – let the gentle atmosphere envelop and embrace your body, mind and soul ...
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has about 600 species of plants and it is intriguing to know that various species are flowering at different times throughout the year, although some more prolific between August and September.
Approximately half of the reserve used to be livestock and agricultural farms and all aspects of farming are systematically being removed. There are various floral kingdoms that make up the Reserve. These include Acacia Thickets, Nama, Karoo, Renosterveld, Succulent Karoo and Central Mountain Fynbos. Succulents are especially varied and fascinating with names like Baby’s Bottoms, Ostrich Toes and Pig’s Ears.
Animals that roamed the area freely living amongst the San but were eradicated are being reintroduced. The Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros as well as various other species such as Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Black Wildebeest and Zebra will be seen on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Natural small game such as Jackal, Caracal, Aardwolf, Ant bear, Brown Hyena, Grey Rhebuck, Steenbuck, Klipspringer, Grysbok and Common Duiker continue to thrive.
The San people of Africa roamed the area for thousands of years until 100 years ago.
The /Xam tribe, the nomadic hunter-gatherers living in harmony with nature realised then that man and nature together is sustainable.
There are 7 recorded sites throughout Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, however many more can be found. Rock art sites date back to more than 3500 years and depict the spiritual beliefs and lives of these fascinating people. During their travels, members of the group would congregate around a communal fire, weaving stories and celebrating the gift of life while the Shaman would meditate through rhythmic dancing, singing and clapping and while in a trance, receive visions and guidance. This medicine man or woman would ensure the well being of the tribe, protecting them from evil and sickness, predicting the future and ensuring good hunting and rains. Certain animals such as the Praying Mantis and the Eland were honoured and revered and were considered to have great spiritual powers.
The only evidence that remains of these little people is the delicate rock art found on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, their indelible footprints left of their presence in this vast landscape for generations to come.
With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.
Interpretations about the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere are given by knowledgeable guides. Romantic stories of gods and goddesses banished to the heavens are woven into astronomical facts and unfolds before one’s eyes. Discover the ancient myths of the stories told by the San about their visions of the stars.
How better to end a blissful day at Sanbona but to sit reflecting under the star studded-canopy of African skies, the vastness of infinite galaxies stretching before one.
Bed and Breakfast
Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English
No. Rooms: 9
Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife
The Marine | Hermanus
The Marine, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, is one of South Africa's most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World property offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world from June to November each year. Guests are even able to view these majestic creatures from their own sea-view bedroom. The Overberg region is also a must for adventure sport seekers, offering a host of activities – including hiking, mountain biking and marine sports. Back at the hotel, guests can indulge in exceptional culinary delights.
Each of these comfortable guest rooms comes with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and under-floor heating, as well as a king size bed – which in some rooms can also be converted into a twin bed.
In addition, several of the Double Rooms open out onto private balconies.
Rooms range in size between 22-44m2. Maximum two people per room.
The panoramic views over Walker Bay have inspired the décor of each of the rooms, with blue featuring as a dominant colour. A comfortable seating area makes for the perfect vantage point for spotting the gentle giants below while enjoying a glass of wine. In addition, several of the rooms feature a balcony with breathtaking views of the ocean.
King size beds, spacious en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout ensure the ultimate comfort.
These rooms range in size between 28-88m2. Maximum two people per room.
Two of our Premier Suites also feature private balconies with views over Walker Bay.
Each Premier Suite encompasses a separate lounge with a SmartTV and Satellite TV channels.
A beautifully decorated bedroom with en-suite bathroom is made all the more comfortable with air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout.
The Premier Suites range in size from 46-87m2. Maximum two people per room.
24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Gym (nearby), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Air Conditioning, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating, Verandah
Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk
Famous for whale watching, beaches and nature, as well as its food and wine, Hermanus really is a destination that ticks all the boxes: its palpable history, thriving art scene, boutique shopping and busy programme of festivals, concerts and events.
The Marine has been a part of Hermanus’ history almost from the very beginning. The hotel was first built in 1902, with a modest 21 rooms. In its fledging years, Hermanus was a fishing village, and this heritage is still very much in evidence. Spend a day uncovering the history of this beautiful coastal town. Museums are all within easy walking distance of The Marine, so you can explore the town on foot at the same time.
The Old Harbour Museum is situated in the Old Harbour, at the centre of the town. There, you’ll discover exhibits depicting the history of the fishing and whaling industry in the area, among many other fascinating displays. In the Whale Museum there is a daily audiovisual presentation called The Whale Show, where you can go “below the surface” and enjoy an encounter with southern right whales. Then go on a journey into the town’s past through a collection of sepia photographs portraying Hermanus from the time it was a quaint fishing village, at De Wet’s Photo Museum.
Hermanus also has a wealth of contemporary art galleries, and some must-visits include Abalone Art Gallery, Walker Bay Art Gallery, Rossouw Modern Art Gallery, Old Harbour Gallery and Lembu Studio and Gallery.
To see unique pieces by acclaimed African ceramists Ardmore, guests and locals alike can visit The Marine’s boutique to view some selected artworks.
For written masterpieces, Hemingway’s Bookshop in the centre of town is a treasure trove for bibliophiles, and specialises in Africana, antiquarian, collectables, and any unusual and often out-of-print books.
There are many events and festivals throughout the year. Some highlights are the Hermanus Fynarts Festival, the Fernkloof Wildflower & Eco Fair and the famous Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival, which is held in celebration of our annual marine visitors, the southern right whales.
The whales stay for approximately six months of the year, and guests can enjoy the sight of them frolicking in Walker Bay from the comfort of their own suites, as well as along the cliff paths that meander in front of The Marine.
This special time can be enjoyed in a number of other ways, too, from boat-based tours to guided walks. For an interactive experience, visitors should try Dave de Beer’s Whale Walk Tours, which encompass beautiful vantage points for whale watching, as well as insights about these marine creatures.
The Overberg is an area of natural contrasts, from the deep green apple orchards of Elgin to the sweeping canola fields of Caledon, and the rugged mountainous coast of Hermanus, where marine life flourishes. The natural surroundings are at once diverse and awe-inspiring – and lovers of the outdoors are spoilt for choice with activities.
Hermanus is synonymous with land-based whale watching, and guests of The Marine can enjoy this pastime from the comfort of their own suites, or on a cliff walk in front of the hotel. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Then take to the seas, with kayaking or boat tours that will take you right up close to the southern right whales. Or get a bird’s-eye view of the gentle giants with a scenic flight over Walker Bay.
The southern right whale makes up part of the Marine Big 5! The rich waters of Walker Bay teem with marine life, and a visit to The Marine means you can tick off the Big 5 during your stay. Spy dolphins and seals frolicking in the water, go cage-diving to see great white sharks, and see the African penguin in its natural habitat with a tour at Stony Point.
Additionally, just below The Marine is Hermanus’ iconic marine tidal pool. To access the seawater pool, simply walk down from the cliff path onto steps leading directly to it. Offering fresh, bracing ocean water packed with micronutrients, as well as mesmerising views, it’s an experience the whole family can enjoy.
The beaches of Hermanus are white-sand playgrounds for avid swimmers, surfers and sunbathers. There are a variety of inlets and coves, as well as secluded beaches against coastal cliffs; a must-visit is Grotto Beach, which has Blue Flag status.
There are also trails for horse riding on certain beaches, as well as within the area’s vineyards and orchards.
No trip to Hermanus is complete without a visit to Fernkloof Nature Reserve, unique in that it is the only such reserve with both coastal and mountain fynbos, and has the most species in close proximity. Botanists and flower enthusiasts travel from far and wide to experience the magic of this place, and locals delight in the diverse beauty of their “backyard”. Fernkloof is also popular with picnickers and hikers.
Do you relish the opportunity to practise your swing while on holiday? Hermanus has an easily accessible golf course, in the most scenic of settings, and there are other courses in the region to explore. The Overberg region is a birder’s paradise, too, offering twitchers the opportunity to identify endemic bird species in fynbos, coastal and wheat field habitats.
Enjoy a once in a life time encounter with the peaceful giants of the sea, the Southern Right whale, by joining us on a fun filled whale watching cruise in Hermanus, South Africa, that will fill you with awe. July to December, daily at 9am, 12pm or 3pm, weather dependent. Mid December to mid January, we run a daily sun-downer cruise at 6pm.
Our beloved Southern Right Whale. Watching these beautiful creatures in Hermanus, South Africa, is an absolute delight. The total population numbers of the southern right whale are thought to be around ten thousand individuals. By studying populations found in South Africa, South American, and Australian waters, it has been found that these populations do not interbreed often. This is due to a mother’s choice to remain loyal to past breeding areas, and young females are able to choose this loyalty when they are able to breed.
Explore the magic of our unique coastline with its abundant marine life up close and personal, on one of our stable kayaks in the company of an experienced guide. Glide across sparkling Hermanus water in a sea kayak while enjoying a view of the majestic mountain, sea cliffs and marine life.
Before your Hermanus kayaking trip, you will have a short enjoyable briefing on sea kayaking techniques and safety, whereafter we paddle from the historical Hermanus Old Harbour and do a 90 minute round trip. The direction of your Hermanus Kayaking trip, dependant on winds, swells and paddling abilities. A knowledgeable guide shall open up the wonders of the Hermanus ocean to you, as we explore the beautiful natural surroundings.
Our ecologically friendly operators strive to have as little impact on the environment, in which we operate our Hermanus Kayaking tours, as possible. With minimal noise pollution and no environmental pollution they also do regular clean ups of any rubbish found in the Bay. Don't worry, that's not what you will do.
Perception Tribe sea kayaks that are manufactured in the UK are used that and are sit on top self-bailing, plastic sea kayaks. In short this means that anyone, whether they have been sea kayaking before or not, can hop on and stay on.
The guides are qualified in marine guiding and first aid at sea, but more importantly they love this job and hold great knowledge of the sea.
As we give you an adventure from the skies hanging over the African plains. African Wings flying safaris is the brainchild of brothers Evan and Dave Austin.
We know how challenging it can be for some to take the time off from their lives to experience the wonders of the bush that's why we have a variety of one-day trips. From the migrating herds of Antelope to the giant whales of the open sea, all can be experienced through African Wings.
We cater for all tastes. Our flights include breakfast, lunch and a game drive where you might be lucky enough to see the big five and other wild animals that roam these lands.
Before each safari, you will be advised on the relevant matters regarding health, local conditions, clothing requirements or discuss any special requirements you or your group may have.
Enjoy looking through our website and please contact us if you would like to receive more information.
The Blue Flag Grotto Beach is well known for its massive stretch of stunning sandy beach and ocean. It is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and boasts a view of the mountainous areas behind whilst still having a seemingly unending view of the beach. This beach is perfect for swimming, suntanning, games and long, leisurely walks and with ample parking it is the ideal holiday point for many.
The beach itself stretches for almost 18 km, making the walk an exercise but an enjoyable one. The beach starts at Grotto's Blue Flag beach and ends at the seaside hamlet of De Kelders. Also, because of the massive expanse of beach, during peak seasons there is no fear of being trodden on, having sand kicked onto you from a passing crowd or being hit by a volleyball from one of the many games played there. The waves on Grotto Beach are great for the avid body boarder and the waters warm during the Summer months and, again, there is plenty of space for all of the holiday goers. There is also a park for children to busy themselves on, which is situated on the beach, near the parking lot. It is as relaxing as it is beautiful and definitely deserves its Blue Flag status.
Also, for those who own pets, the beach is dog friendly, as long as the dogs are on leads and any and all waste matter is picked up by the owner.
The beach can be reached by driving through Hermanus and turning off onto the demarcated road to your right. You will also find a fantastic little restaurant at Grotto that offers drinks, snacks and meals for the passers by or the evening relaxers. Lifeguards are constantly on site during peak seasons and numerous educational and charity events happen during season. These include Coastcare Working, environmental education for the viewers, coastal monitoring by schools and the Adopt-a-beach initiative.
The horse trails in and around the area offer beautiful and scenic trails that give riders a chance to experience the Overberg on horseback. Most of the service providers have horses for all riding levels – from novice to experienced – insuring that the experience is enjoyable for everyone involved. There is also a quick safety briefing and overview of horse riding so that riders know how to handle climbs, rough terrain descents.
The trails can take riders through mountain passes, vineyards and orchards, ending with a picnic beside a waterfall, or there are several coastal trails that trek along perfect sandy shores with the Kleinrivier Mountains as a backdrop during the trip.
For the less experienced riders (and younger children) there are shorter rides that encompass beautiful landscapes but have very easy-to-navigate trails.
Hermanus, on the Cape South Coast, is a charming fishing village famous for the whales that come here annually to calve.
With its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it’s little wonder that Hermanus has grown in size and popularity during the last decade.
Visitors from near and far flock to the town to enjoy its many charms while local residents and homeowners savour the privilege of living in this unique region.
It is extremely popular with Capetonians as a weekend getaway and during the Christmas and Easter holidays the resident population swells dramatically.
Due to this influx, the Hermanus Golf Club has always experienced heavy traffic at certain times of the year. Despite this, the club, blessed with a dedicated and professional management has over many years deservedly gained a reputation for excellent year round standards.
Visitors to Hermanus are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to boating and river cruises. Boat based whale watching trips take place during the whale season months of June to December; however this may vary depending on the arrival of the whales.
Whale watching boat trips depart from the New Harbour in Hermanus and 3 boat trips per day are usually available. The duration of these trips are approximately 2 hours long, however the exact departure times need to be confirmed with the various operators when booking.
Other marine life that may be encountered en route include seals, penguins, marine birds, Southern Right whales, sometimes Bryde's whales, dolphins and Humpback whales at certain times of the year. Licensed operators and permit holders are only permitted to approach the whales up to 50m allowing the whales the freedom to move. They are naturally curious and often approach the whale boats to take a closer look. Pre-booking is recommended and all boat trips are weather permitting. Bay Cruises and Sundowner cruises are also available at certain times of the year.
For those who love penguins, the breeding grounds of the African (or Jackass) Penguins at Stony Point is the perfect place to watch these adorable and somewhat comical birds in their natural habitat. The wooden walkway winds its way around the edge of the breeding area, giving visitors a view of the rocky outcrops and swimming penguins on one side and the shrubbery and nests on the other. The best time to view the penguins is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when they’re returning from their long fishing expeditions.
This area is one of only two shore-based breeding colonies in the country, with the other being at the Boulders Beach near Simonstown. Along the coast at Stony Point, visitors will also be able to watch the endangered Whitebreasted, Black and Cape Cormorants that have made this area their home. They are known to nest along the rocks, leaving the land to the penguins.
Although the breeding colony is now fenced off it can still be visited daily from 09h00 in the morning until 17h00 in the afternoon.
The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens offers you 200ha of the finely bushed plants endemic to this area, known as fynbos, 190ha growing naturally and the rest cultivated.
These botanical gardens, located near Hermanus, lie within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, South Africa's first UNESCO-proclaimed biosphere reserve.
The vivid Disa uniflora is one of many rare plants featured in these gardens, and to experience it when it is in bloom, make sure you visit the gardens between December and January. You should also not miss South Africa's national flower, the King protea, which blooms in spring.
There are over 100 species of birds to be spotted in these botanical gardens, including colourful sunbirds, rare Protea seedeaters, Verreaux's eagles and Jackal buzzards. Also look out for the resident mongooses, baboons, genets and porcupines.
Venture along the many natural trails that snake across the gardens for beautiful displays of Cape fynbos, and enjoy the experience against the backdrop of the area's majestic mountains.
Listen to the grunting calls of baboons and watch them play, jumping from tree to tree and basking in this pristine natural setting. Summertime will welcome you with open-air concerts at sunset, so make sure you join in the celebrations.
Don't forget to visit the garden's small but excellent art gallery and then wrap up your visit with a meal at the restaurant or stretch out on the lush grass for a picnic.
Old Harbour Museum
The Museum in the Old Harbour contains several exhibits depicting the history of the fishing and whaling industry in the area. Talks by local experts on the inter-tidal zone are held on request and provide fascinating information about the mysteries that abound the shore line. The museum’s staff update the history of Hermanus on an ongoing basis so anyone researching information on historical buildings or old local families, has easy access to it. Funds for the museum are always needed and anyone who wishes to donate will automatically become a friend of the Old Harbour Museum. The telescope next to the war memorial cannons above the Old Harbour was donated to the town by the Rotary Club and a few coins can buy time to watch the whales frolicking in the middle of the bay. Many guided tours and walks start from this spot.
Daily at 10:00 and 15:00 an audio-visual presentation is given at the Whale Museum, where one is taken below the surface to a face-to-face encounter with the visiting Southern Right whales.
De Wet’s Photo Museum
This picturesque and historic cottage was once the school house situated near the Dutch Reformed church in Westcliff. It was dismantled brick by numbered brick and painstakingly re-erected on Lemm’s Corner in 1986. The sepia coloured photographic exhibition it houses takes one on a journey through time to when Hermanus was a quaint fishing village.
Hermanus Story Walk
Guided walking tours can be take through the once quaint village where the history of Hermanus unfolds itself as one discovers the fresh water spring which was named after the shepherd, Hermanus Pieters, where Hermanus originally got its name, Hermanuspietersfontein, to the Old Harbour, the Burgundy Restaurant (our only registered national monument) to the old school house and fishermen’s cottages on the seafront among many other interesting buildings.
Local galleries are filled with local art and some artists display their work at local flea and craft markets. The area does not only abound with painters, but also with writers, ceramicists, architects, sculptors and glass blowers. Hermanus also has an active Art Society.
Amble through the art galleries in Hermanus and view Oil paintings, prints, water colours, wooden sculptures and much more with well-known artists such as Hennie Niemann, Shelley-Adams, Terry Kobus to mention but a few.
Dust off the binoculars and enjoy the natural birdlife from Bird Hide on Klein River Lagoon further bird watching can also be done on Onrus Salt Pan.
Birdwatching is a popular activity in all areas of South Africa and birdwatching tours are offered in most areas. Enjoy Birding in and around Hermanus.
The Pavilion is set up each morning for breakfast; guests can sit inside or take their pick from two al fresco options, either in our courtyard by the pool, or on the outside pavilion overlooking Walker Bay.
A mouthwatering spread of fresh fruit and freshly baked pastries are laid out each morning, together with cereals, a selection of local cheeses and cold cuts, and delicious Franschhoek Smoked Salmon Trout; while hot breakfast options are served à la carte.
Apart from serving as the breakfast room, The Pavilion also serves lunch and dinner daily.
Breakfast served daily, from: 07h00 - 10h30
Lunch served daily, from: 12h00 - 14h30
Dinner served daily, from: 18h00 - 21h30
Overlooking the incredible Walker Bay, The Sun Lounge & Bar at The Marine in Hermanus is the ideal spot to enjoy drinks and snacks while searching the waters for resident and visiting marine life.
The warm and inviting colour scheme here will not only tempts guests and visitors alike, but also provides a comfortable setting to while away a few hours.
The relaxed sophistication of The Sun Lounge is complemented by the wide variety of South African wines, sparkling wines, signature cocktails and delectable eats. A visit to The Sun Lounge is ideal for afternoon tea or early-evening drinks, enjoyed with the views of the surrounding cliffs and bay.
Daily: 11h00 - 23h30
Bed and Breakfast
Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English
No. Rooms: 40
Special Interests: Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Sports, Watersports, Wildlife, Wine