Whale Watching

The best time to enjoy whale watching is between July and November. The Southern Right Whales come as close as 50 metres to the shoreline in the waters of Walker Bay. There are various view points along the Whale Coast from where one can enjoy whale watching and visitors can choose to view the whales from the shore or by boat.

Boat-Based Whale Watching

Boat based whale watching offers you a front row seat and close encounter of these magnificent creatures; feeling the sea spray and hearing the sounds of marine life up close truly is a life-changing experience.

Licensed permitted boat based whale watching operators are permitted to approach the whales up to 50m.

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African Horse Trails

The African Horse Company offers multi–day horse trails and outrides. On offer are 1-6 hour beach and mountain outrides catering for beginners to advanced horse riders. Overnight trails run from 2- 10 days trailing as far as Cape Agulhas.Our home, the Overstrand region, is one of the hotspots of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site and by far the best way to discover its richness, is by riding on horseback through this botanical wilderness.African Horse Company is based in the idyllic hamlet, Stanford and at “Farm 215” , a nature retreat and private reserve located in the hinterland of Gansbaai. The horse trails move through national parks, nature reserves, Conservancy areas, covering routes of the early settlers to this region.


African Wings

The Southern Right Whales which visit the shores of the Western Cape from June through to end December every year are the most spectacular and gentle animals in the world.

Our record count on a 30 minute flight stands at 198 whales. Watching a mother stroking her calf as it lies on her stomach must rate as one of the greatest wildlife experiences in the world. Alongside this, watching an 18 meter long, 80 ton whale materialise from the depths and erupt in burst of spray as it breaches clear of the surface of the sea is one of the great thrills in nature. These and many more incredible examples of whale behaviour are common from the dedicated whalewatching aircraft operated by African Wings.
From our aircraft, while circling above the whales, one becomes aware of the nurturing nature of these mammals as well as a sense of peace. They are very tactile animals as is evident from the continuous contact between them as they meet and rest together just beyond the breakers along the coastline in the Hermanus area. Interactions between dolphins and whales are also fairly common and another example of the magical views from above.
We also see Humpback Whales, Brydes Whales, dolphins, Great White Sharks, seals and the most pristine coastal scenery in South Africa throughout the year.


Dave De Beer Whale Walking Tours

I’m a specialist whale photographer, and do whale walking tours on the beautiful cliff paths overlooking Walker Bay. My tours offer a huge insight into the ‘gentle giants’ of the Southern oceans, the Southern Right Whales.
2 ½ to 3 hours are spent in the Whale museum and on the cliffs paths of Hermanus, where I get my guests to within touching distance of the whales. During peak season I offer tours every day and in all weather conditions. All children with parents under 10 can join the tour free of charge. I have been photographing the whales since 2004 and I have just launched my second whale book on the Southern Right Whales.
I also offer bird tours in this endemic rich area of South Africa (+- 60 endemics within 50 km’s of Hermanus). What makes birding so great in and around Hermanus is that it has a lot of different habitats in very close proximity to each other. Within a 5 hour bird tour we can cover sea birds, shore birds, estuary birds, coastal scrub, fynbos (low and mountain), wheat field, LBJ’s and touching on Renosterveld birds. Hermanus (Overstrand) is home to three IBA’s (Important Birding Areas).
If you love whales and birds or just the outdoors, I will make your stay in Hermanus a very memorable one.


Fat Bikes

Fatbikes are new to South Africa and we are in one of the best places in the world to enjoy these amazing bikes with kilometres of untouched beaches and Sand Dunes.

The bikes are lightweight (16kg) and have wide soft tyres with very low pressure so to allow for a wide shallow tread on the sand. The wide tread prevents the tyres from sinking into the sand and allows the rider to easily ride on soft sand. The impact on the sand is minimal and after a day or two the tracks are gone. When on the beach we ride is on the low water mark so there is no impact at all on the environment and away from where the African Oyster catchers nest in season. We have mapped out a route on the Dunes and beach to take clients and these routes cause no harm to the area and give people the opportunity to take in this amazing environment in a healthy and environmental friendly way.

Our most popular tour is the Sand Dunes tour which runs down from the top of the De Kelders dunes 185m above sea level down to the ocean. The views are breath-taking and ride easy and paced according to the client’s preference. The tour takes approximately 2-3 hours and it is all about fun and exploring truly world class terrains on Gansbaai’s doorstep. Our other tour is on the beach on the low water mark from De Kelders to Hermanus which is an amazingly beautiful stretch of beach 22km long.

Our tours are suitable for ages 16+ and you do not need to be physically fit to do the tour. Our tours are not a race or a challenge but simply the perfect way to see the best nature has to offer.


Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

Regarded as one of the leading boat-based whale watching companies in South Africa. We also boast one of the limited whale watching permits allocated country wide. We specialize in Boat Based Whale Watching and we pride ourselves in offering a uniquely personalized service to all our clients.

We operate in Area 6 of Walker Bay which is celebrated as the best location from which to view the magnificent Southern Right Whales. Our guests are looked after in lavish style by our fully qualified, proficient and registered whale guides whose only duty is to make your trip as memorable as possible. The safety of our guests is paramount and we have all-encompassing public liability insurance.

Area 6 of Walker Bay has the town of Hermanus on its Northern shore and the town of Gansbaai on its Southern shore. The Ivanhoe launches from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai, from there we travel along the Cliffs of De Kelders and on towards Plaat beach. Gansbaai (the true whale capital) is a beautiful, scenic 35-minute drive from Hermanus and a two-hour drive from Cape Town.


Panthera Africa

Panthera Africa is a big cat sanctuary for any captive bred lions, leopards and tigers in need of rescue. Animal welfare is our top priority. The big cats will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives at Panthera Africa! One of Panthera Africa's main purposes is to be an educational platform where we create awareness about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. We are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place.
Panthera Africa is open for you to come and enjoy our magnificent Big Cats! We are excited to tell you that we have lions, tigers, leopards and caracals that are waiting for you, your family and friends! At this point in time we offer educational visits where you have the chance of capturing the animals in their beautiful homes, and get to know about their unique stories in addition to the important facts about their situation in captivity and in the wild.


Percy Tours

Percy Tours specialise in organising completely tailor-made and individualised tours (& transfers) of Hermanus, Cape Town and Western Cape regions, with a fleet of luxury minibuses (and cars) with Chauffeur Tour Guides on board. (Fleet is – Cars 3 to 4 pax, Kombis 7 to 8 pax and Toyota Quantums 13 pax)

Each luxury Kombi minibus is able to transport 7 to 8 persons per minibus, which you will have exclusively to yourselves, therefore allowing you loads of space to spread out in comfort while on tour with Percy Tours. We also provide you with many comforts while on tour, including in each minibus – a large cooler box of free ice-cold soft drinks and water, air-con, refreshing mints and sweets, many books and magazines on all sorts of local topics, binoculars, DVD player with surround sound stereo plus over 100 cds covering loads of musical genres (including, African, Classical, Chillout etc.), deck chairs and sun umbrellas for picnics at beaches & scenic locations; blankets and pillows for those who wish to sleep or relax further, as well as, our Chauffeur Tour Guides are trained to be highly proactive in engaging clients with informative, interesting and jovial conversation on every topic imaginable, while you enjoy the scenery un-fold around you. Conversing in English, Afrikaans and some French – translators available too. (Larger groups are easily accommodated too in larger vehicles – Weddings, CorporateTeamBuilding, Amazing Races, etc..….. ).


SA Forest Adventures

SA Forest Adventures has been in operations for 5 years.

We are an exceptionally diverse company with 5 sites in the Western Cape. We operate as far afield as the Orange River on the Namibian border. (Our other sites are in Hermanus – Citrusdal- Caledon – Kleinmond and Cape Town.) Our latest product is Cape Town Zip-lines in Constantia Nek – One of the largest Zip-lines on the African Continent. We are also very well known for our other products such as our Scenic Hermanus Quad Bike trails, Sandboarding, White Water Rafting, Tubing, and Zip-line tours to mention a few. Our latest product offering is a full day adventure package with meal and transport included plus 4 activities in and around the lovely town of Hermanus.

We cater for individual bookings as well as large group bookings. We are well known for the yearly Good Hope FM Adventure Race, where we host 1500 participants – Sold out each year. Apart from our normal activities we can also provide events management and teambuilding options and have a close relationship with a number of hotels as the preferred supplier. We can also arrange transport for groups.

Our company can also be the backup plan for bad weather days – if the boats cannot go out to sea, or if Table Mountain closed due to weather, we will be able to assist with alternative activities on short notice for individual and group bookings.


Southern Right Charters

SOUTHERN RIGHT CHARTERS is a leading boat based whale watching operator. The company is environmentally sensitive and as a licensed permit holder operates under the motto OBSERVING NOT DISTURBING. The company has been in operation since 1999 and is located in Hermanus, regarded as one of the best whale watching areas in the world. This up, close and personal encounter with the gentle giants of the ocean promises to be an ‘experience to be treasured.Whale season is from June to December annually and you will mostly encounter southern right whales. But this marine safari can extend to sightings of humpback & Bryde’s whales, seals, dolphins and a variety of marine birds including the African penguin.

Our whale watching catamaran was purpose built to ensure maximum passenger comfort and superior stability. The different areas offers spectacular viewing opportunities. During the tour the friendly crew and knowledgeable guides adds that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience, from ensuring you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunities to serving complimentary light refreshments.


The Photo Walkers

Established in 2012, thephotowalkers.com offers hands-on Photographic Instruction to all skills levels by Accredited South African Professional Photographers. On these Township Photo-Tours clients receive interesting hints and tips on how improve their photography from a cellphone to a full-frame DSLR while enjoying a guided tour.

Nestled in beautiful Walker Bay and home to the Southern Right Whale this picturesque fishing village offers a photographic feast of history, wine, fynbos and immense beauty.

Known as the "Riviera of the South" Hermanus is a photographers paradise which displays magnificent views of unspoilt natural surrounds. There are 14 km's of cliff paths that stretch across the foreshore of the coastline. On this photo-walk you will experience the pristine beaches, the fynbos in Fernkloof Nature Reserve, a wine farm, the gentle architecture of this quaint fishing village and a meander through the streets and quirky shops. Established in 2012, thephotowalkers.com offers hands-on Photographic Instruction to all skills levels by Accredited South African Professional Photographers. On these Township Photo-Tours clients receive interesting hints and tips on how improve their photography from a cellphone to a full-frame DSLR while enjoying a guided tour.


Walkerbay Adventures

Since its inception in 1999 Walkerbay Adventures has grown from offering Sea kayaking trips in South Africa's only whale sanctuary to also offering kayak daytrips and kayak wine tours on the Kleinriver Lagoon. The sea kayak tour is our most popular tour and offers a guided eco marine experience inside a Marine Protected Area. Our guides are very knowledgeable about the ocean and its inhabitants, but most importantly they are passionate about what they do. While out at sea we enjoy sightings of Cape Fur Seals and various Marine Birds. We also have the opportunity of seeing Dolphins and Whales when they visit our Bay. Apart from the afore mentioned activities Walkerbay Adventures also offers bookings of all the adventure activities operating in the greater Hermanus area through it's website.



65 On Cliff

Creatively designed to take advantage of the breath-taking, north facing views across Walker Bay to Hermanus, 65onCliff is a luxurious guest lodge built to demanding standards enabling guests to just relax and recharge their batteries, or to use it as a base for exploring this special part of the Western Cape; perhaps both!

With only 4 guest rooms, all with panoramic sea facing views , peace and tranquillity are guaranteed supported by an excellent level of guest services. Opening its doors to guests in September 2014, 65onCliff has had 41 reviews via TripAdvisor, all excellent and 65onCliff was awarded TripAdvisor’ s Certificate of Excellence for 2015.31 reviews from guests via booking.com have resulted in a 9.9 rating.

Southern Right whales may be viewed from all rooms most days from late June to December. De Kelders offers some of the finest land-based whale watching in the world and for the more adventurous, great white shark cage diving is only 10 minutes away. Cape Argulas, the southernmost tip of Africa is less than one hour away and with numerous vineyards within an easy drive, De Kelders is a great place to while away a few days.

A suburb of Gansbaai, with its eclectic collection of bars and restaurants, De Kelders epitomises safe, easy and relaxed living.


78 on 5th Guesthouse

Bordering Fernkloof Nature Reserve, we are within walking distance from the renowned blue flag status Grotto beach and lagoon, and five minutes from the centre of town, where a wide variety of restaurants and pubs await you. Take a walk along our beautiful cliff paths heading towards the white sandy beaches and the old harbour and town. Bring your mountain bike and get onto the mountain path from our backyard, or just spend time at the village square enjoying the breathtaking view.
Accommodation comprises three double rooms and two self-catering units. The rooms are beautifully decorated and all contain ensuite bathrooms. The self-catering unit consists of a large bedroom, a full bathroom, a lounge with sleeper couch, an open-plan, fully-equipped kitchen and an outside entertainment area with braai facilities.


Baleens Hotel

Baleens Hotel aims to provide good clean and comfortable accommodation at affordable rates and in a friendly environment. The hotel is fully equipped with 21 rooms all en-suite with showers. The hotel is located in the quiet and peaceful suburb of Voelklip, Hermanus, with easy access to the most pristine of Hermanus sandy beaches, Grotto Beach , which is a blue flag beach.The beach stretches for miles along the nature reserve to Gansbaai in the East.

The mountains provide a magnificent backdrop. The Hotel is 6 km from the town centre along the cycle and walking trails. The Klipriviersberg lagoon meets the ocean in front of the Hotel and the bird life in these waters is spectacular. The privately owned Hotel boasts a restaurant / fully licensed bar and a playroom with Pool Table /Table tennis and Fuss Ball We also have a heated swimming pool. The luxury sea facing rooms have balconies overlooking Grotto Beach and the lagoon - which is great for kite-surfing. All rooms are en-suite have flat screen TV’s with selected DSTV channels a coffee station and safe.

Come and join us at Baleens Hotel and experience the friendly and personnel service that we are renowned for. Wake up to the sound of the ocean and the squawks of the waterfowl.


Bamboo Guesthouse

The Guest House offers the very finest 4 star graded guest house accommodation situated in central Hermanus. Beautiful sea and mountain views, a step away from the famous Hermanus Cliff Paths, at the entrance to the 27 hole Hermanus Golf Course, moments away from Hermanus town centre and all its activities and surrounded by splendid beaches. The entire guest house has been furnished in hand crafted Bamboo furniture which has been custom designed and purpose made for Bamboo Guest House by the family owned business, Bamboo Living. Floors are Bamboo and towels are 50% Bamboo/Cotton mixed fibre. A beautifully landscaped garden and pool area with a custom built bar will reward you with hours of entertainment and relaxation in the Overberg sun.


Blue Gum Country Estate

Experience a working farm. Long before the first title deed to Blue Gum farm was granted, this part of the Overberg was home to the Khoisan, groups of nomadic hunter gatherers who roamed the surrounding mountains and picturesque coastline. Traditionally, Blue Gum was a vegetable and small stock farm, and as such has produced everything from artichokes to sunflowers, and pigs to sheep.

Today Blue Gum is being established as a wine farm with three hectares of Shiraz grapes under cultivation and and a further seven hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot planned. We also farm olives over two hectares. The estate extends up the Klein Rivier Mountain directly behind the guest house and we encourage you to explore the estate and discover the many diverse flora and fauna that share our environment with us. Not to mention the more than 100 bird species spotted to date. For those less energetically inclined, join us for a sundowner at the Boma patio bar adjacent to the main lounge where the views are spectacular, the sounds magical and the memories unforgettable.


Cliff Lodge

Cliff Lodge is a stylish seafront guest house, superbly positioned on the dramatic cliffs of De Kelders, overlooking Walker Bay. This unique B&B is an idyllic retreat, offering luxurious accommodation and excellent personal service, with the added bonus of sea views that will take your breath away! Cliff Lodge guesthouse is the ideal choice for those looking for an intimate, relaxed atmosphere with all the comforts of a boutique hotel.

Cliff Lodge has a stylish sea view guest lounge with a fire place for chilly nights, an all weather sea-front conservatory and a spacious balcony overlooking the sea. The delectable breakfasts are served on the sea front deck, with its incredible view of Walker Bay. There is an ocean front swimming pool, and the sandstone pool deck has comfortable loungers – the perfect place to unwind and relax!.

The wild, beautiful ocean of Walker Bay offers a unique eco-experience – this is truly the Kruger National Park of marine tourist attractions in South Africa! A variety of whales, Great White Sharks, Cape fur Seals, dolphins, and extensive bird and fish populations thrive in these waters. De Kelders is the whale watching mecca of the Western Cape, and has what is arguably the best land based whale watching in the world. Nearby Gansbaai is the best place to cage dive with and view Great White Sharks.


Farm 215

Farm 215 -nature retreat & fynbos reserve is a sustainable destination in the Uilkraal Valley near Gansbaai in the unspoilt Southern Overberg.

Far removed from the daily grind of life, farm 215 is a private, intimate and secluded retreat where you can enjoy spacious accommodation, tranquility, an overpowering sense of space and the unique nature of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The retreat lies at the foot of “fynbos”-covered mountains in the middle of a pristine private nature reserve of 800 hectares and enjoys undisturbed views over the plains towards the ocean.

The retreat of farm 215 is clearly off the beaten track in a very natural area and its buildings are in an isolated position. Nature rules supreme. Where all attention is given to the comfort and quality of the accommodation and its amenities, farm 215 is not a resort, but a place where people can retire in rural and natural surroundings in a down-to-earth and relaxed guesthouse.

Farm 215 has been set up and is managed as a sustainable operation and is a Protected Area (PA) under the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act. We place the integrity of the natural ecosystem around us in the first place and aim to keep the footprint of both ourselves and our guests as low as possible. Farm 215´s partner, the African Horse Company has its base station on farm 215 and the reserve is the first reforestation site of the Trees for Tourism program of the South African Reforestation Trust. Under this program, more than 13’000 indigenous trees have been planted out in the reserve.


Harbour Vue Guest House

Jan and Sanmarie & Barry are the hosts of Harbour Vue a 4 star architect designed luxury double storey guesthouse.Uniquely located with magnificent sea views overlooking the Atlantic ocean where the Southern Right whales play in the bay from July to November. Many people from all over the world visit Hermanus to view these creatures from the best land based whale watching destination in the world.Situated 100 meters from the famous cliff paths. that meanders for 10km from the harbour in the west, past town to the beaches in the east.Come and enjoy the South African cuisine, whales,champagne air and the warm hospitality that Hermanus has to offer .

Located 500 meters from the NewHarbour with two excellent restaurants , and close enough to walk to the centre of town on the famous cliff paths with the wild flowers (Fynbos)and whales which makes it a most enjoyable walk

All our rooms are equipped with Tvs , safes, hairdryers , tea and coffee facilities Relax with a book or a glass of wonderful South African wine in our cosy comfortable lounge with a fireplace ,honesty bar and a beautiful sea view, We offer secure off street parking, and a well secured warm home to our guests.Generous full English or continental breakfast is served on the sea-facing dining room , or at the pool on request We also offer our guests LAN wireless internet and laundry facilities.


Hermanus Boutique Guest House

The Hermanus Boutique Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Hermanus where you can experience comfort, tranquility and luxury and watch the whales from your impressive private suite! This tranquil home away from home has just been newly renovated and extended to more than 16 en-suite rooms with an exquisite garden pool. Most rooms have a balcony or garden patio.

Luxurious four star accommodation and impressive lodgings provide the setting for the holiday of a lifetime with the myriad of activities and excursions our staff can arrange for you! We will gladly assist you in making your bookings for whale-watching, shark cage-diving, outdoor activities, sea-kayaking etc. and of course at the best local restaurants where you can sip on our regional Overberg wine.

The Hermanus Guest House provides superior accommodation with excellent service & a whale of a breakfast. Situated right across the ocean and within 7 minutes easy stroll on the famous cliff path to the center of the quaint little village of Hermanus.


Les Baleines

Le Baleines welcomes you to Hermanus, the Overberg, Western Cape and South Africa's capital of Whale Watching, holiday, fun & leisure. Come and breathe the champagne air, soak in the sun, taste the rainbow nation's food, wine and flair - and promise yourself to return very soon. "Ex Africa semper aliquit Novi." Out of Africa always something new.

At the Les Baleines we endeavour to spoil you with space & luxury. We are eager to make your stay unforgettable by creating an atmosphere of indulgence and relaxation – whether on the sunbathed pool deck or in the privacy of your room. For the inquisitive minded and energetic guest with a quest for adventure and experience, there are various excursions and opportunities. We can advise you and make your bookings to ensure a hassle free holiday.

The Azure Sea fringes the narrow coastal strip between the majestic Mountains of the Overberg and the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean. Experience the spectacular beauty and the best whale watching in the world richly blended with the diverse cultural heritage of the Rainbow Nation. Savour the vibrant colours, amicability and divers gourmet influences of the Cape and South Africa in unsurpassable style and luxury at Les Baleines. The residence hugs the mountain on the one side and overlooks the ocean on the other. On the inside the splendour flows as a natural extension and inspiration from its glorious surroundings.


Misty Waves

The Four Star Misty Waves Hotel is situated on Marine Drive in Hermanus –”Lie in bed and watch the Whales” the best land based Whale Watching destination in the world!

The 30 room, family run hotel offers luxurious and spacious accommodation, with stunning sea views, catering for individual travellers as well as group bookings. Many upgrades have recently been completed, ensuring our guests have the perfect stay. Private, secure parking is available to all of our guests.

It is just a few minutes’ walk from various restaurants, cliff paths, shops, craft markets and the historic Hermanus Village centre. Mon Desir, our on-site restaurant provides scrumptious breakfast, room service and pool service throughout the day, and dinner using locally sourced ingredients with specials changing daily.

Relax by the pool, or let us assist in booking a variety of activities, including Whale Watching, Shark cage diving, Quad Biking, tree top zip-lining, wine tasting and more…



Place yourself between ocean, lagoon and glistening mountains and you will arrive at MOSAIC Sanctuary; in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom and South Africa’s southern most wineries, and where the Marine Big Five flourish. MOSAIC is a nature lover’s paradise with over three kilometers of frontage on the Hermanus Lagoon and 2500 acres of conservation land that extends to a pristine beach on Walker Bay, one of the best places in the world for whale watching. For the ultimate private getaway, Lagoon Lodge captures the essence of tranquility with just five safari style suites woven into an ancient milkwood grove on the Lagoon. A pampered stay here is all-inclusive of meals, adventure activities on the property and house beverages. You can also indulge in fabulous treatments at the Mosaic Spa, either indoor or outdoor.

The mission at MOSAIC is one of restoration and renewal: renewal for all who visit, restoration of livelihoods in the local community through job creation, and restoration of the precious eco-system that is MOSAIC.


Mosselberg Guest House

Overlooking majestic mountains and a striking beach that stretches as far as the eye can see, lies a luxurious five-star African utopia. Nestled on the sands of the Blue Flag Beach, Grotto Beach, in Hermanus is Mosselberg On Grotto Beach Boutique Villa, a five-star country house that personifies African hospitality and world-class service, accommodation and facilities. Savour a delectable dining experience in our dining area. Watch the Southern Right whales from the comfort of your suite between July up to the end of November. Enjoy a mountain bike trail, a picturesque walk along the cliff path or tee off at a perfectly manicured golf course.

Where else can you see the Southern Right whales from the luxury of a five-star suite or enjoy a private dining experience? Only at the world-class Mosselberg On Grotto Beach Boutique Villa.


Mountain View Manor

Mountain View Manor Guest House, is situated in the tranquil suburb of Sandbaai, and is only a few breaths away from both the Sandbaai and Onrus beaches. The Manor is owner run and managed by Charlise Elske (an executive chef) and Geoff Elske (a tourism specialist) who ensure that you experience personalized hospitality, and mouth-watering breakfasts. Each inch of the Manor is thoughtfully designed, with hand-made and re-purposed furniture making appearances everywhere, and a key focus is on the bed experience, ensuring that your nights rest will be a great one! This spacious double storey building comprises of two wings, leading off to a large and secure garden area, with beautiful vistas of the mountain range.

Guest Facilities include wifi, a games lounge, sun room, lounge area with cosy fireplace, library, patio, sundeck and communal TV with full DSTV for those who don’t want to miss their urban spoils! A separate game / entertainment room situated in the garden offers BBQ facilities, pool table, darts and an indoor fireplace.

The guesthouse is ideal for small groups, couples or a small family either as an ideal base from which to explore the area; or just for that quite relaxing holiday, but one thing for certain is that you arrive as a stranger, but will leave as a friend!


Ocean Eleven

Ocean Eleven is an olde worlde, Cape Cod, colonial style guesthouse situated on the famous cliffs of Hermanus. The picturesque mountains beyond gently embrace the phenomenal, all encompassing vista of the bay from every room. Recently Voted in the London Times as “ One of the top 20 views in the world ( with a room) “The main house of Ocean Eleven was built with all the high ceilings, tall windows and teak floors that made colonial architecture so utterly elegant. All these features and thus the grace and style have been retained to this day.

Ocean Eleven boasts beautifully appointed rooms that all have an all-embracing sea view over Walker Bay. Luxuries include 100% cotton percale linen, tea & coffee trays, mini-bars, heated towel rails, fans as well as heating which will all ensure a comfortable stay at Ocean Eleven.


Saxon Lodge

Our guests have rated Saxon Lodge as 5 star, 5 years in a row via TripAdvisor, rewarding us with a place in their Hall of Fame. Come visit and experience our “comfortability” for yourself.

With stunning views across Walker Bay, the Hottentots Holland Mountains, Hermanus and often all the way to Simon’s Town, overlooking the traditional Gansbaai harbour, Saxon Lodge offers a down to earth, home from home stay in Gansbaai, The Great White Capital of the World TM and sanctuary for Southern Right Whales in winter. Unwind in one of our spacious rooms, or individually decorated suites with private entrances and verandas and take in this amazing eco-adventure paradise. From the lodge it is an easy walk to shops, banks, pubs and restaurants. We also have our cosy and popular licensed and well stocked bar, The Saxon Arms, catering for residents only, specialising in local wines and craft beers. The Saxon Restaurant, famous for its scrumptious 4 course meals is open by arrangement for group dinners, sometimes lunch too. To complete the day, watching a sunset over Walker Bay with a glass of your favourite beverage will leave you feeling exhilarated and in awe.Our in-house travel desk will assist with your itinerary and activity planning and bookings and ensure that you leave with great memories of Gansbaai.

2 hours from Cape Town, 30 minutes from Hermanus and en-route to or from the Garden Route, Gansbaai offers an authentic and dramatic marine, floral and mountainous playground to explore, experience and enjoy. Saxon Lodge in Gansbaai, your best choice for accommodation and real South Africa hospitality.


The Marine Hotel

The Marine is one of the southern hemisphere's most spectacular seaside Relais & Châteaux properties. Perched on the cliffs, overlooking Hermanus' Walker Bay, The Marine boasts 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites. This unforgettable property overlooks South Africa's most pristine whale sanctuary, and it is just a stone's throw from one of the greatest densities of the endangered Great White Shark, and selection of fynbos species in the Cape. The Marine offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world. From June to November guests are able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of their beautiful sea view room. The attention to detail is apparent in every aspect of this remarkable property - from the personal service to the exceptional cuisine which is overseen by The Collection by Liz McGrath's Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, the perfect-for-sundowners Sun Lounge and the in-house Carchele Beauty Spa. Each piece of The Marine story adds another element to an unforgettable stay.


Two restaurants, Sun Lounge & Bar, Car Park, Room Service, Security, In House Travel Desk, Courtesy Rooms, Local & International Newspapers.


Carchele Spa, Conferencing Facilities, The Collection Boutique, Solar Heated Swimming Pool, Tidal Pool, Internet Lounge with business facilities offering Complimentary high speed wireless internet access.


The Potting Shed

The Guest House is ideally situated close to all amenities in a quiet side-street off the Main Road. We constantly strive to offer a high standard of hospitality & personal service. This is reflected in our 3-Star accreditation from the South African Tourism Grading Council, being AA Highly Recommended, our 2012 & 2013 & 2014 Certificate of Excellence award from Trip Advisor and a fantastic write up in The Lonely Planet guide book. Our owner-run guest house has a cottage/African décor and accommodates guests in 3 standard rooms, 2 deluxe rooms with private patio area, and a Mountain View studio room.The hand-painted interiors provide an artistic and unique, personal touch.

All rooms offer, DSTV, free WI-FI, tea/coffee making facilities, safety deposit box, over-head fans, wall heaters, hairdryers and an en-suite shower room. Deluxe rooms are more spacious with fridge and a private outside patio with braai (BBQ). The Studio Room has kitchenette, bathroom with shower & bath, air conditioning, full DSTV package, and private deck with gas weber.


Whale Rock Lodge

Whale Rock Luxury Lodge offers 11 en-suite bedrooms, elegantly decorated in a contemporary style. Each room is equipped with flat screen televisions, bathroom amenities, hairdryers, heaters and electric blankets in winter. The rooms each have their own patio leading out onto the expansive and beautifully maintained gardens boasting a pool and various water features. All this ensures a tranquil and relaxing holiday whilst enjoying the champagne air that Hermanus is so well known for

Just over an hour’s drive from bustling Cape Town, one comes across the “secret jewel” of the Overberg, Hermanus. The scenic beauty of this town is breathtaking, bordered by majestic mountains and crashing seas. Pristine beaches, nature reserves, golf courses, hiking, horse riding, shark cage diving, wine tastings and of course, the best land based whale watching in the world, is all situated on our doorstep.

Hermanus is a great place to stay and use as a base whilst exploring the Overberg area. Everything is within close proximity and one can get the feel of the Cape without having to go too far. Offering something for everyone, from hiking up the Fernkloof Nature Reserve to watching the sunrise while jogging along the cliff paths or enjoying the 27 hole golf course, experiencing the thrill of seeing the Great White Sharks, or simply feeling the tranquility that comes from spending hours watching the Southern Right whale that graces our shores during the months of July to November. White sandy beaches offers great body boarding and surfing sites with secluded coves dotted all along the coast line as well as sea kayaking in the marine reserve.


Windsor Hotel & Self Catering Apartments

The independently owned Windsor Hotel & Self Catering Apartments offer a full range of seafront accommodation and affordable conferencing, team building and workshop venues.

The Windsor is situated on the very edge of sparkling Walker Bay, just a 5 minute walk to all the nearby shops, art galleries and restaurants combining the best of traditional hospitality and comfortable seafront accommodation with an old-world charm of over 120 years old.

The Windsor is perfectly located to watch the endangered Southern Right Whales from a sea-facing bedroom window and Breakfast room. The Windsor Hotel has 70 comfortable en-suite bedrooms and 2 conference venues. The Windsor Self Catering Apartments consists of 8 fully equipped self-catering apartments of which 5 are Three Bedroom Apartments and 3 are Two bedroom apartments, each apartment is equipped with has two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, a lounge and braai area overlooking the Windsor Bay.




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