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Schulphoek House

Schulphoek Seafront Walk: Kus Pad

2km to Sandbaai beach and a further 1 km to Onrus beach.

Exit through the side gate (open from 07h00 to 19h00), and pick up the coastal path (Kus pad) in front of the house. Keep right. Take in the wonderful sea air. Enjoy the coastal features and abundance of marine life. Be prepared to see rare and fantastic fynbos species along the way. Spot the abundant bird life and small animals; the tortoise, Cape Brown Mongoose, Cape Grys Bok and for the very lucky the Cape Clawless otter.

From July to November the majestic Southern Right Whales and schools of dolphins visit the bay and Brydes and Humpback whales can be spotted in the distant.

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Boat based Whale Watching and Great White Shark Cage Diving

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Whale Watching:
Focus is on searching for and spending time with the whales and other marine life such as seals, dolphins, marine birds, African penguin.
Where: Hermanus New Habour
Times: 9h00, 12h00 and 15h00
Price guide: R800.00 Adults; R 700.00 Student / Seniors; Children R380.00 (6-13); Children (0-5) no charge.
When: Peak season June to mid-December - Southern Right Whales. Low season mid-December to February - dolphin and Bryde's Whales

Great White Shark Cage Diving:
Shark cage diving is underwater diving where the observer remains inside a protective cage. Shark cage diving is used for scientific observation, underwater cinematography, and as a tourist activity.
NO need for scuba or snorkeling experience, novices are welcome. Wet suites and masks are provided. Each cage holds up to 6 people.
Allow 3 to 5 hours.
Where: Kleinbaai / Gansbaai
Times: Exact times vary with seasons, tides, sea and weather conditions.
Note: The final 24 hour weather and sea report will be reviewed a day prior to the dive and the trip time schedule & pick-up times will be advised via e-mail on the day.
Price guide: R 1,850-00 Adults pp. Non-divers (viewing on board): R 1,600-00. Transport to and from Gansbaai – R400.00pp


Southern Right whale
Best time to spot them: July – November. Distinguished by callosities (calluses) on its head, a broad back without a dorsal fin and a long, arching mouth that begins above the eye. These mammals often swim close to the shore. Adults can weigh up to 80 tonnes.

Humpback whale
Best time to spot them: May – December. Distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobby head. They are curious and will approach whale watching boats closely. They follow their migratory path towards their breeding grounds in the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. Male Humpback whales produce complex songs, sometimes lasting 10 to 20 minutes long. These songs are often repeated for hours at a time.

Bryde’s whale
Best time to spot them: all year round. Named after the Norwegian consul to South Africa, John Bryde, who helped set up the first whaling station in Durban. They are medium-sized, dark grey in colour with a white underbelly. Can reach depths of up to 300 m while diving and can stay submerged up to a maximum of 20 minutes!

Sightings are occasional. On occasion known to hunt down the Great White Shark.

Best time to spot them: May to August. Beautifully streamlined to slip through the ocean with the minimum of effort. Their immense size, jet black eyes, row upon row of razor sharp teeth and extendable jaws make these Lamnidae (fish of prey) the ultimate super predator.

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ADVENTURE: Water and Land based

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Sea Kayaking
Where: Hermanus Old Habour
Times: 8h00, 10h30 and 13h00 (depending in weather)
Price guide: R450.00 per person
When: 1 July – 30 November 2018

Scuba diving
Land based and boat based dives to 50 dive spots in Hermanus area

Sunset Cruise:
Operating from the New Harbour, 36 ft catamaran.

Kite Surfing:
Kite surfing is a wind powered surface water sport using a kite and a board to move across the water.
Where: Hermanus
Times: depending on wind – please phone to confirm 2 days prior to arrival
Price guide: R600 per hour including equipment and instructions
When: September to December

White River Rafting:
Professional guides lead the adventure through breath-taking mountains. Rafting is one of the best activities for adrenaline seekers and nature lovers.
Where: Kleinmond
Times: Depending on water level. Phone to confirm 2 days prior to arrival.
Price guide: From R550 per person. Additional R80.00 pp entrance fee to World Heritage Site
When: September to December

River Tubing:
Tubing offers endless enjoyment as you cascade down the Palmiet river where there are different drops and mini falls. Enjoy this relaxed, laid-back activity in a pristine environment,
Allow 2 - 3 hours. Bookings are essential.
Where: Kleinmond
Times: Depending on water level. Phone to confirm 2 days prior to arrival
Price guide: From R550 per person. Additional R40.00 pp entrance fee to World Heritage Site


Tours and bike hire. Explore Hermanus and its surroundings

Fat Bike Beach Rides:
Collect from Schulphoek House or meet at Dutchies restaurant at Grotto Beach. After a briefing and practice set off on the bikes with fat tyres up the beach. Watch out the odd seal in the water or beach. Take a 6 km ride to the ROCK, where you can relax, take a dip in the ocean and enjoy refreshments. Explore the caves. The ride is beautiful and at low tide fairly easy. The guide will video the ride.
Allow 2 to 5 hours.
Where: De Kelders
Times: 10h00; 13h00; 16h00;
Price guide: R 600-00 – R 900-00 pp (depending on trail)

Horse Riding
Out rides for the novice and experienced rider along trails, bridle paths, and forest roads.
A trail ride can be of any length.
Where: Karwyderskraal Farm, Hermanus
Times: 8h00, 9h00, 12h00 and 15h00 (depending trail choice)
Price guide: R700.00 – R 1,250-00 per person (depending trail choice)

Treetop slides:
High above the ground (8 to 50 Meters) the 2 guides will allow you to glide from platform to platform with only eagles and birds echoing in the forest.
Platforms are high up in the tree canopy with amazing views of the forest. The 9 to 12 platform slides range from 20 meters to 200 meters and with a safe breaking
system you control your speed. So it can be a fast adrenaline experience or it could just be a slow easy glide.
Allow 2 hours. Suitable for all ages.
Where: Hemel and Aarde, Hermanus
Times: 9h00, 10h00, 11h00, 12h00,13h00,14h00 and 15h00
Price guide: R450.00 per person
When: all year round

Quad Bike Trails:
Through vineyards of Hamilton Russell and Southern Right, into Fernkloof Nature Reserve to a half way look-out point, from which one has a spectacular
birds-eye-view of Hermanus. Spot whales in Walker Bay. Wine tasting quads is an optional extra (R150.00, Monday to Friday).
Allow 2 hours.
Where: Hemel and Aarde, Hermanus
Times: 9h00, 11h00, 13h00, 15h00
Price guide: R500.00 per person
When: all year round

Stargazing Quad bike trips:
Perfect for stargazing enthusiasts. Night sky talks are conducted on quad bikes high on the mountains surrounding Hermanus.
Expect to see the brilliant display of a starry African night sky. With minimal light-pollution the heavens take on a whole new splendour.
Take a closer look at the famous Southern Cross, Orion's Belt, Jupiter’s moons, various stars, moon craters, satellites and shooting stars.
Knowledgeable guides make the night sky come alive with a spellbinding, interactive presentation.
Where: Hemel and Aarde, Hermanus
Times: 19h00 (Bookings essential)
Price guide: R700 per person
WhenL September to December

Sand boarding:
Similar to snowboarding. It is an awesome recreational activity that takes place on a 230 meter high sand dune.
Where: Betty’s Bay, Hermanus
Times: 14h00 (weather depending)
Price guide: R350 per person
Included: guides, helmets, boards, training
When: September to December

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Hermanus Walks

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof Nature Reserve lies in the Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus with some pretty choice views over the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Walker Bay. The close on 2 000 hectare reserve protects the priceless and unique coastal fynbos and a small patch of evergreen forest

Time: 1 hr to 6 hours.

Cliff Path

Certain parts of the Hermanus Cliff Path are wheelchair-friendly, including the stretch in front of the Village Square Shopping Centre that stretches from the Marine Hotel to the Village Square. It offers scenic views over Walker Bay and superb whale watching in season.

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Nearby Hermanus: Things to Do

Harold Porter Botanical Gardens

Bettys Bay lies within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve; the first UNESCO declared Biosphere in South Africa and is fiercely protected by the town’s occupants. Although the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the world’s six plant kingdoms, it nevertheless has the 2nd largest diversity. The reserve stretches along the coast from Gordon’s Bay through to the town of Kleinmond and inland from the farms of the Elgin Basin through to Grabouw - a total of some 100,000 ha.

WHERE: Broadwith Road, Betty's Bay, Cape Overberg
WHEN: Open Weekdays from 08h00 to 16h30
Weekends and public holidays from 08h00 to 17h00
HOW: Call +27 (0)228 272-9311

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Stony Point Penguins

Watch Penguins Play!

Roughly 3 600 penguins now live at Stony Point's old whaling station, increasing from the two who originally ventured here in 1985. Quieter and less of a tourist mecca, Stony Point is just over an hour's drive to reach the town of Betty's Bay - if you take the R44 the scenery and the views are well worth the trip.

WHERE: Betty's Bay, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape

WHEN: Open daily from 09h00 to 17h00

Price guide: R10.00 pp

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Hermanus Beaches

Grotto Beach

A Blue Flag Beach in 2013, Grotto beach is a local beach in Hermanus that offers excellent facilities in the form of a restaurant play park and well maintained ablution facilities. The beach is excellent for swimming and well suited to kids

Onrus Beach

Onrus Beach, which is adjacent to a warm, calm lagoon, is ideally suited to family outings, where small children can play in the calmer waters of the lagoon, and older children and adults can brave the waves.

Voelklip Beach

The beach at Voelklip, flanked by green lawns, and with good facilities, is especially popular with younger adults, particularly during the peak tourist season. With refreshments on hand, and being another prime surfing spot

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5 Golf Courses in and near Hermanus

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Hermanus Golf Club
3 golf courses, 27-hole. Highest green FEE weekdays R507.00, highest green FEE weekend. Price guide: R507.00.
Distance 4 km

Arabella Golf Club, Kleinmond
1 golf course, 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course (ranked in the top 10 in South Africa)
Highest green FEE weekdays R1,260.00, highest green FEE weekend. Price guide: R1,260.00.
Distance 12 km

Kleinmond Gold Club
Eco-friendly, part of the Kogelberg Biosphere.
1 golf course, 9-hole
Highest green FEE weekdays price guide: R150.00, highest green FEE weekend. Price guide: R150.00.
Distance 18 km

Gansbaai Golf Club
1 golf course, 9-hole. Highest green FEE weekdays price guide: R100.00, highest green FEE weekend price guide: R100.00.
Distance: 26 km.

Caledon Golf Club
1 golf course, 9-holes. Highest green FEE weekdays price guide R160.00, highest green FEE weekend price guide R160.00.
Distance: 28 km

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Wine Tour: Hermanus Wine Estates

Start at Schulphoek, travel directly to the start of the wine route at the intersection of the R43 and Main rd. The route is approx 17 km and includes 15 excellent wine estates. The following estates offer lunch; La Vierge, Newton Johnson & Creation. It is advisable to book. The drive is extremely picturesque.

Grapes grown in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley are influenced by the cold Atlantic Ocean and the temperate conditions and clayey soil produce wines similar to those of Northern France. The Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley is one of the most productive regions in terms of the production of wines. It has the ideal climate, as the icy wind from the Atlantic Ocean cools it down. In addition, the mountains, which surround the valley, lock in clouds and the resultant moisture, so that the vines get plenty of water.

Time: 1 day to cover the entire valley or an afternoon/morning to complete 3 estates plus lunch.

We are happy to assist with a booking.

Safari Style Hop-on Hop-off Wine Tours:
Flexibility and freedom is the name of the game on this wine tour. Vehicles spend all day following a set route visiting pre-selected wineries, which means you can get on and off whenever you like. Your ticket is valid all day.
Where: Hermanus Town Centre
Times: Weekdays: 9h00; 9h30;10h00; 10h30; 11h00; 11h30;12h00. Weekends: 9h40; 10h00; 10h30; 11h00; 11h30; 12h00; 12h30
Price guide: R250.00 per person

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Day Trip: Visit Stanford & De Kelders

The unique little village of Stanford, overlooked by the moody slopes of the Klein River Mountains, lies just inland of False Bay, forming the tip of a triangle with the coastal towns of Hermanus and De Kelders.

Stanford is an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, restaurants and coffee shops, and the list of activities for a largely rural village exceeds one’s expectations. Like many of the Overberg towns, Stanford originated as a farm, de Kleine Riviers Valey (the original spelling), and the tree-lined streets today, filled with historical buildings, are testimony to the largely English influence that makes Stanford the third most historically important village in the Western Cape.

Eat, drink and be merry:

- Klein River Cheese – just on the outskirts of town, you can either visit to sample cheese, or you can buy a picnic and sit on the banks of the Klein River
WHERE: Klein River Farm, Stanford, Cape Overberg.
WHEN: Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00. Saturdays from 09h00 to 13h00, Public Holidays from 09h00 to 14h00. HOW?Call +27 (0)28 341-0693

- Birkenhead Micro Brewery – set in the Walker Bay Vineyards just outside of town, sample the independent brew and tour learn all about fermentation, malting, mashing and cellaring.
WHERE: R326 Main Road, Stanford, Cape Overberg.
WHEN: Brewery Tours from Wednesday to Friday at 11h00 and 15h00.
HOW: Call +27 (0)28 341-0183

- Springfontein Wine Estate and Restaurant
Vineyards Springfontein Wine Estate is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are warm, and the ocean, with its icy wind that blows across the vineyards, is close by.
WHERE: Turn right into Stanford. Drive along the main road (Queen Victoria Street). Turn left into Moore Road (becomes a gravel road) Travel about 5km until Springfontein entrance on left.
WHEN: Lunch Thursday - Sunday. Dinner Wednesday - Saturday
HOW: Call +27 (028 341 0571

- Madré’s Kitchen – set on the Sir Robert Stanford Wine Estate, this little restaurant is extremely popular and well worth a visit. It is also family-friendly

- Marianas – one of those gems, set in a little house known as Owls’ Barn – a throwback to when it was a popular holiday cottage – you’ll need to book to experience the country lunches made with ingredients from Mariana’s garden.
WHERE: 12 Du Toit Street, Stanford
WHEN: Thursday to Sunday, arrive from 12h00. Bookings essential. (Closed for winter break from July until September).
HOW: Call +27 (0)28 341-0272

- Graze – fast becoming exceedingly popular with locals and visitors alike, this slow food café serves local, seasonal and free range food.
WHERE: Queen Victoria Street, Stanford
WHEN: Graze is open for breakfast and lunch on Fridays and Saturdays only so it is advisable to book!.
HOW: Call +27 (0)76 243-1930

- SJ’s Bookshop – part of Sir Robert Stanford’s Home of Crafts and Antiques, which is also worth a visit, this bookshop is full of really excellent books

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Hermanus Markets

The Hermanus Country Market

A small market with a lot of soul. Where good friends meet, eat, and buy beautiful things…
every Saturday between 08:00 and 12:00 and Wednesday from 16:00 till 20:00 in the evening at the Hermanus Cricket Club for some feel-good fun.

Lemm’s Corner Market

Lemm's Corner Market in the CBD of Hermanus is a highlight for locals and visitors alike when, on Sundays, the historic Lemm’s corner comes alive with craft and product stalls, live music and relaxed eatery venues. The market will be held every Sunday from 10am – 4pm (weather permitting) and every first Friday of the month from 5 – 8.30 pm.

Fisherman's Village Craft Market

The Fisherman’s Village Craft Market offers you a fantastic experience whilst nestled in the center of our lovely town. The stalls that open up to the public every day from 08h00 until 16h30

Food & Wine Market

Also on Saturdays, come rain or shine, the Food and Wine Market at the state-of-the-art Hermanuspietersfontein Wine Cellar, which can be found in the Hemel-en-Aarde Village, offers free wine tasting and unique gourmet-style food stalls in a lively, elegant atmosphere. Visit their market courtyard from 09:00 to 13:00.

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Hermanus Township Tours

Zwelihle is the township situated between Hermanus and Sandbaai. Cultural tours offer visitors the opportunity to explore the streets on foot or bicycle where one can talk to locals, visit a shebeen to enjoy local beer and cuizine, or shop at a spaza. Zwelihle, means Beautiful Place, and the township tours offer visitors a unique cultural experience.

Where: Hermanus

Times: 9h00 (1-3 hour tour) and 14h00 (1-3 hour tour)

Price guide: R400.00 per person (walking) and R500.00 pp(bicycle). Transport to and from Township – R150.00pp

When: All year round

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