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Stunning 4 star graded self catering cottages situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley of Hermanus. Cottages sleep from 2 to 6 guests and are fully equipped for a super self catering experience.

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Things To Do

The Overberg offers a host of activities including a wine route, watersports, White Shark cage diving, an enormous variety of the finest restaurants and fabulous shops, museums and markets to browse.

Things To Do

Places To See

Visit interesting coastal and inland towns in the Overberg including Baardskeerdersbos, Bredasdorp, Cape Agulhas, De Kelders, Elim, Gansbaai, Hawston, Kleinbaai, Napier, Onrus, Pearly Beach and Stanford.

Places To See

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Things To Do

Things To Do in Hermanus and the Overberg

Things To Do In Hermanus

The Overberg offers a host of activities including a wine route ,water sports, mountain biking, horse riding, paint ball, canopying, 4 wheelers, and  Shark Cage Diving.

Hermanus has many fine restaurants and coffee shops ,fabulous shops and boutiques, , art galleries, museums and open air craft markets.

Activities include wine routes, hiking, biking, paintball, horse riding, quad biking and mountain walks in the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley.

In and around Hermanus you can enjoy bird watching, cliff walks, whale watching, beaches, shopping in the many and varied shops and boutiques, fabulous restaurants, kayaking, canoeing, abseiling, sand boarding, jet skiing, kite surfing, paragliding, and White Shark cage diving in Gansbaai.

Beautiful Beaches

Hermanus is home to some of the finest beaches in the world. There are several beaches from which to choose, Grotto being possibly the most popular with it’s picturesque mountain backdrop and expansive powdery white beach sand. In addition see the following:

  • Grotto Beach
    Blue Flag beach status stretching for kilometres. Dutchies restaurant, a play park, lots of parking and excellent ablution facilities make this a favourite beach amongst the holiday makers. Grotto beach is situated towards the Voëlklip side of Hermanus.
  • Hawston
    In the village of Hawston, magnificent beach, picnic & BBQ areas. Voëlklip Ablution facilities, good surf spot and great sun tanning.
  • Langbaai
    Just beautiful
  • Kammabaai also known as Nanny's Beach
    Great surf spot, picnic and BBQ areas. Definite family favourite.
  • Sandbaai
    Rock pools, great snorkelling
  • Onrus Beach
    Great body boarding & surfing, very safe swimming.
  • Breakfast Bay
    Situated at Vermont. Good picnic spot, sheltered beach. Very popular with sand boarders.

Bird watching

Hermanus is a birdwatcher’s paradise. It is the fastest growing ecotourist commodity in the world and Hermanus and its surrounding areas are a twitcher’s paradise. Few other areas can offer fynbos, mountain, coastal, river and estuarine habitats in such compact terrain with such easy access.
Contact Mike Ford 028 316 4790.

Cycling

Fernkloof Mountain biking trail
Eastcliff cycling track

Eating Out

Hermanus has the most fabulous selections of restaurants and eateries to choose from.  If you're looking for something quick and easy or a long leisurely lunch there's something to please each and every palate.  Click HERE for a list of restaurants in and around Hermanus.

Fishing

There are many fishing spots in and around Hermanus and they accommodate all kinds of fishing; from river fishing in the lagoon, to fly fishing in the numerous stocked dams in the area. You can also go salt water fishing on a hired boat, or off the pier in the New Harbour or straight off the rocks. There are people who will organise day trips for keen anglers. Permits can be obtained from the post office at R55. Please make sure you have a copy of the regulations before you begin!
Fly fishing is becoming increasingly popular.
Contact Louis Day on 082 555 8317.

Festivals and Events

There are numerous festivals happening through out the year, and these events always attract hordes of people. So if you don’t like crowds, stay away but if you enjoy a bit of festivity take note of the events listed below. The dates vary from year to year and can be obtained from the Tourism Bureau on 028 312 2629

  • Sandbaai Kalfiefees (baby whale festival)
  • Hermanus Whale Festival
  • Hemel-en-Aarde Mountain Run
  • Sandbaai Fish Bash
  • Hermanus Mountain Bike race
  • The Wildflower Festival (Our favourite!)

Hiking

Hermanus has some of the nicest walks ever, but remember always be sure to take water, sun block and a warm jacket. Even if the weather seems warm it can change at any time. It is always advisable to walk with a friend rather than walking alone, and leave your valuables at home.
We have 15 kms of spectacular cliff paths with wonderful viewing benches for the not so energetic and over 50KM of mountain trails for the more energetic amongst you. The cliff path begins just above the Grotto Beach parking area and goes all the way to the New Harbour with a small break between Mollergren Park and Protea Road, where you will have to walk along the road for 800 meters. The paths are well surfaced and parts of it are wheelchair and pram friendly.
No bicycles are allowed on the cliff path.

The mountain trails are best accessed from the info kiosk at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, turn at the traffic circle at Voëlklip (turn left if you are coming from Hermanus town side; right if you are coming from the direction of Stanford).
Personalised tours can be arranged.
For more information contact Percy from Percy Tours 072 062 8500.

Surfing

Swimming

Whale Watching

Whale watching does take pride of place amongst tourist attractions as there's nowhere else in the world where land based viewing is so conveniently layed out. The Cliff Paths offer excellent vantage points to view the whales as you sit on one of the many benches strategically placed along the paths for visitors to relax and take in the splendour of Hermanus.

Activities

  • Abalone

    Take a guided tour of the local Abalone cultivation plant which exports Abalone worldwide.
  • Fishing charters

    Fishing charters are easily organised by experienced charter companies.
    Contact: Blue Wave Charters - 028 388 0034
  • Golfing

    • Arabella
    • Hermanus Golf Course
    • Kleinbaai Golf Course
      Tel: 028 - 384 1441
  • Horse Riding

    • Cape Nature Conservation
      off 7th Street (the main road through Voëlklip) up 17th Avenue
      Tel: 082 729 7776
    • Cloud's End Riding Centre
      Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
      082 351 6565
    • Arabella, Equestrian Horse Centre
      Kleinmond, Ysterklip Farm
      Contact Matt or Sarah
      Tel: 083 362 1046
    • Horse Trail Safaris
      Tel: 082 729 7776
    • African Horse Company (Stanford)
      Tel: 082 667 9232
  • Markets

    • Fernkloof Farmer's Market (Fernkloof Nature Reserve)
      From 07H00 to 11H30 every Saturday Morning
      Famous for fresh vegetables, cheeses, breads, preserves and more. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and on occasion a Marimba band or some other form of entertainment will occupy you.
    • Market Square - Central Hermanus
      From 09H00 to 14H00 Weekends (Some stalls operate throughout the week)
      Crafts, curios, gemstones, clothing, Township art etc
    • Hermanus Pietersfontein Boeremark/Farmers Market (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley)
      From 08H00 - 14H00 Saturdays
      Cheeses, olives, wine, oils, organic vegetables, breads, home bakes, preserved meats etc
      Enjoy a delicious breakfast while you shop for your favourite delicacies.
  • Museums

    • De Wet’s House Photo Museum.
      Once the School House, situated near the Dutch Reformed Church, it was dismantled and moved, brick by brick to Lemm’ Corner (the Market Place) in 1986. 028 313 0418
    • The Whale Museum is situated behind the Market Place. This museum displays a skeleton of a southern right whale. Lots of whale information, touch screens and other artefacts.
    • The Whale Show
      This unique audiovisual presentation is shown daily at the museum which will make this experience even more memorable. Nigel Ashton, using his paintings and scientific illustrations, will take you below the surface and bring you face to face with these magnificent ocean travelers, telling the story of their fascinating underwater lives, with a special focus on the visiting southern right whales and whale identification. Shows are at 10h00, 12h00 and 15h00.
    • At the old harbour:
      Old Harbour Museum. Efforts are being made to restore the remnants of the original old fishing boats which were used by local fishermen between 1955 and 1961.  The museum contains several exhibits depicting the history of the fishing and whaling industry in the area.
  • Nature Reserves

    • Fernkloof Nature Reserve (Fynbos)

There is no other recorded place on earth where as many different species of fynbos can be seen growing in such close proximity as in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. A total of 1474 species have been collected and identified to date. Fynbos is endemic to the Western Cape and can be seen in abundance along the famous Hermanus Cliff Paths.

  • Paintball

    • Delta
      Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
      082 499 0209
    • Nam Paintball VIET EXPERIENCE
      Gansbaai
      Tel: 072 552 4847
  • Paragliding

  • Quad Biking

    • Clinton Lerm
      Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
      083 517 3635
    • Quad Adventures (guided nature trails)
    • Guided quad bike tours for young and old.
      Tel: 082 597 4720
  • Scuba Diving

    With several wrecks in the Hermanus and Gansbaai areas, scuba diving is popular with dives varying in depth from 9m to 40 m. Reefs are accessible by boat but experienced divers will guide you to shore entry points.  Scuba diving can be done at Hermanus and nearby Gansbaai. There are several wrecks that can be explored and various reefs ranging in depth from 9m to 40m. Most reefs are only accessible by boat, but shore entries are possible at certain points.
  • Shark Cage Diving (Gansbaai)

    White shark cage diving and surface viewing has become one of South Africa's biggest tourist attractions in the past few years with most of the White Shark Dive operators working out of Gansbaai, just a few minutes' drive from Hermanus.

    This is a must see and and you're not obligated to cage dive, boat based viewing of these maginificent creatures is fascinating. See the colony of Jackass Penguins on Dyer Island and the enormous colony of seals at Geyser Island on your day out with one of the professional dive operators.

    White Shark Cage Dive Operators leave from Kleinbaai harbour (Gansbaai) daily subject obviously to prevailing weather conditions.
  • Shopping:

    The village is a feast for shoppers. With the most interesting little shops, speciality stores, boutiques and the craft market including the farmers market at the Hemel-En-Aarde valley which is held on a Saturday, there’s something to please even the most discerning shopper.
    • Hubbards Cupboard
      Take a look into the wonderful world of Hubbard's Cupboard where you can browse for an unusual gift, , dinnerware, an original painting, leisure wear, cocktail wear, garden ornaments or magnificent plants from their nursery.
    • Uncovered
      For the latest in ladies' bodywear. Beautiful local and imported underwear, beachwear and sleepwear. Specialist, personalised bra fitting service.
  • Township tours

    Take a tour into a South African Black Township. Walking tours are offered daily to the Zwelihle Township.

  • Wine Route

    Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Tucked into the folds of the Glen Vauloch Mountains on the outskirts of Hermanus, lies the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It is here that wine lovers can treat themselves to a unique wine tour among some of the southernmost vineyards in Africa, with only the Cape Agulhas vineyards being further south.  Bouchard Finlayson estate is situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 6km from the Sandbaai intersection of the R43 and R320 roads.

    Other wine farms in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley:

Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Route Hermanus