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Concierge Top 10

Staycation Recommendations

Whether you are planning to visit the beautiful Whale Coast and Hermanus with family and friends on vacation, or on a business trip, we would like to you to make the most of your stay and hope you will have time to experience some of the attractions that the Overberg Whale Coast has to offer. To assist you with we have compiled our ‘Concierge Top 10’ recommendation in and around Hermanus.

Top 10 Hermanus Activities and Experiences

10. Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Join flower enthusiasts who travel from far and wide to explore 60km of scenic hiking trails in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve – the only such reserve with both coastal and mountain fynbos, and with the most species in close proximity. Whether you follow the lush Tree Trail or book a guided walk, you can expect instagrammable views wherever you go.

9. Voëlklip Beach

A favourite amongst surfers, Voëlklip Beach is immensely popular during high season. Spacious green lawns lead down to the main beach, with a few rocky coves nearby for a more private beach experience. Buy refreshments at the nearby deli and coffee shop before joining sun worshippers for a glorious day by the sea.

8. Shark Cage Diving at Gansbaai

Take the plunge on an adrenaline-inducing cage diving adventure in the heart of the world’s Great White Shark mecca. Not only will the experience leave you in awe of these powerful predators, you’ll also come away knowing a lot more about sharks and the area’s conservation efforts.

7. Picnic at De Hoop Nature Reserve

If time permits, a visit to this pristine 34,000-hectare reserve, accessible from Hermanus in under two hours, is a must. De Hoop is renowned for being one of the world’s top whale watching spots – in August 2018, a record 1,116 whales were sighted in a single day. We can pack a gourmet picnic for you to enjoy on the dunes while you look out for these magnificent creatures.

6. Walker Bay Sea Kayaking

Join Walker Bay Adventures on a guided sea-kayaking trip from the historical Old Harbour. Delight in sightings of Cape Fur Seals, penguins, cormorants, Southern Right Whales (in season) and other sea birds and marine mammals, while your knowledgeable guide tells you more about Walker Bay’s rich marine life.

5. Creation – Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley

Named one of ‘World’s 50 best Vineyards’ and ‘South Africa’s Best Cellar Door Experience’ in 2019, Creation will wow you with a truly sensory and highly innovative food and wine experience. A visit to this exceptional estate, set high up in the magnificent Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, is pure delight.

4. Hermanus Famous Cliff Path

Hermanus’ famous Cliff Path, protected within the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, is one of the town’s most spectacular features. Stroll along 11km of rugged coastline, from the New Harbour all the way to Piet-se-Bos, just beyond Grotto Beach, for what is arguably the best land-based whale watching experience in the world.

3. Carchele Beauty Spa

Enter a haven of pampering and sheer indulgence at the Spa at The Marine. A calm, soothing ambiance provides the perfect setting for the spa’s wide range of holistic treatments and beauty services, including the ‘5 Star Experience Signature Massage’ – a unique combination of Swedish, Aroma, Hot Stone, Cupping and Rungu.

2. Whale Watching

Considered to be the whale watching capital of the world, and named one of the top 12 land-based whale watching locations in the world by the WWF, Hermanus offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Southern Right Whales up close. Spot whales from the comfort of your room, or go on a boat-based whale-watching trip with Southern Right Charters.

1. Origins

You can expect relaxed social dining in the comfortable surrounds of a modern, kitchen-focused restaurant at Origins Restaurant, where Head Chef Tronette Dippenaar showcases the impressive bounty of the Overberg in a picturesque setting. The soulful menu highlights ‘everyday’ favourites, with a focus on local flavours and fresh ingredients.