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The Overberg Whale Route, Western Cape, South Africa
Accommodation in Hermanus - Whale Watcher's Paradise

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Hermanus Travel Guide:

This lovely town, on the coastal area of the Overberg, is most well known for its awesome land based whale watching. Most of Hermanusí shoreline is rocky cliff, quite high above Walker Bay so it offers fantastic viewpoints from which to observe the huge southern right whales as they come into the bay to mate, calve and just hang out in the (relatively) warm water. (Itís warmer than Antarctica.) A whale crier blows a horn made from kelp and informs locals and tourists alike where the whales are to be found at any given time. The whales usually arrive in late winter Ė towards the end of June or beginning of July Ė and stay until autumn, with the last stragglers heading back down south in November, or even December. The town holds a whale festival every year from the end of September to the beginning of October.

Boats Decorate the Edge of Walker Bay in Hermanus, South Africa, Hermanus, Republic of South AfricaThere is a lovely path, most of which is wheelchair-friendly, along the cliff top. As well as the lovely sea views and sightings of whales, there are many pretty and fragrant flowers. It is a wonderful path and itís generally safe but use your common sense and donít walk alone on it when there are hardly any other people about. There is also a boat based whale watching operator based in the New Harbour.

Aerial View of Hermanus and Walker Bay, Hermanus, Republic of South AfricaOther attractions in this lovely town include a wine tasting cellar, a museum, in which you can see many exhibits pertaining to whaling and fishing, and a golf course.

The nearby Hermanus Lagoon is a great place to sail or paddle, and the paragliding is excellent. The diving is great and Hermanus is a popular beach destination, even though there is only one beach. For nature lovers a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a great way to get up close to the dainty montane coastal fynbos which attracts scores of jewel bright sunbirds and elegant sugarbirds which flit about the proteas. There are loads of marked trails for strolls or long walks taking in the extensive views of Walker Bay.

Hermanus is just bursting at the seams with good restaurants, lovely guest houses and characterful hotels.

Also see: Hermanus - A Nature Enthusiast's Paradise   by Sarah Manners
Also see: Dolphin and Whale Watching in South Africa
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78on5th in Hermanus 78on5th in Hermanus, Bed & Breakfast, HERMANUS
78on5th is owned and run by Jose and Ton and offers private, quiet accommodation off the main road, with beautiful views of the ocean and mountain. Bordering Fernkloof Nature Reserve, we are walking distance to 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 sipping cocktails. For the more adventurous guest, we can book an exciting shark cage dive or boat trip.
Abalone Guest Lodge Hermanus Abalone Guest Lodge, Guest House, HERMANUS
An unusually artistic and unique guest house situated midway between the town centre and the beautiful white beaches of Hermanus.  Abalone Lodge is easily accessible from the Main Rd, and thanks to the well-known scenic cliff path to the front, is a unique whale-watching spot.  All our rooms are en-suite with panoramic sea and mountain views. Each room is individually appointed with original South African art and decor. All our rooms have private balconies or patios.  Most Rooms are twin bedded. Room 1 and Six can be made up into King size beds on request. All rooms are en-suite and have Satellite TV's, telephones, email and fax, under floor heating, personalised linen, heated towel rails, tea coffee facilities.
Aloe Guest House Aloe Guest House, Bed & Breakfast, HERMANUS
We offer luxurious bed and breakfast guest house accommodation in Hermanus on the famous South African Cape Whale Route. Our aim is to provide affordable accommodation to both the local and international market, without compromising on style, amenities, or service. The guest house is centrally located, just five minutes' walk to the village, shops, restaurants, the craft market, and the cliff paths for whale watching.  Enjoy a full farmhouse breakfast to start your day and relax around the large salt water swimming pool. We will pack you a picnic to enjoy on the cliff paths while whale watching or on one of Hermanus's lovely beaches.
Cliff Cottage B&B Hermanus Cliff Cottage B&B, Bed & Breakfast, Westcliff, HERMANUS
Come and relax at Cliff Cottage, just across the road from the famous Hermanus cliff paths and some of the best land-based whale watching in the world. We offer spacious Cape Dutch en-suite double or twin bedrooms and family suites, with garden entrances, satellite TV, off-street parking, mountain views, and scrumptious home-cooked or continental breakfasts.  You can take a scenic walk along the cliff paths to the village shops, bars, restaurants and craft market. The magnificent Grotto beach, Fernkloof Nature reserve, premier 27-hole Golf Course and the Hemel-en-Arde Valley vineyards are all just a short drive away.
Hermanus Lodge on the Green Hermanus Lodge on the Green, HERMANUS
Hermanus Lodge on the Green is a Luxury Guest House overlooking the 25th green of Hermanus Golf Course, with the Fernkloof Nature Reserve leading off from our back garden.  The north facing pool area bathed in sunshine. Seven beautifully appointed rooms with en-suite bathrooms and wrap-around verandahs. Five star attention to detail.Two wonderful golf-courses, Hermanus on our doorstep and Arabella just 20 minutes away. Or walk the beautiful Fernkloof Nature Reserve which starts at our back garden. Whale watching is the speciality in Hermanus and it's just a two minute drive to the cliff paths.
Milkwood Lodge, Hermanus Milkwood Lodge, Guest Lodge, HERMANUS
Within walking distance of the popular Voëlklip and Grotto beaches and only 6 minutes from the village centre, spacious en suite double or twin bedrooms and a self-catering cottage with magnificent sea or mountain views.  Spacious en suite double or twin bedrooms, with sea or mountain views, private entrances and patios ensuring comfort and privacy.  Gracious sitting room, full breakfast and hospitality bar.  Complimentary tea or coffee at any time.  Swimming pool and spacious gardens. 
Whale Rock Luxury Lodge Hermanus Whale Rock Luxury Lodge, Bed & Breakfast, Hermanus
One of the most beautiful buildings in Hermanus, Whale Rock Lodge, with its shining white façade, glowing woodwork and thick heavy thatch, framed in rolling lawns, has an air of welcome, of warmth and of well-being that will not disappoint you.  Whale Rock is a perfect base from which to explore the area. Our personal attention will provide you with absolute luxury, comfort and tranquillity.  We have 11 en-suite rooms Ė 3 with king size beds, 2 with queen size beds and 6 with three-quarter twin beds. All 11 rooms have full bathrooms with bath and separate shower. All the rooms are equipped with TV & MNet, fans, telephones, hairdryers, heaters, clock radios and electric blankets.
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Harbour House Hotel Hermanus Harbour House Hotel, Self-Catering, HERMANUS
With its sophisticated ultra modern decor Harbour House Hotel has set new standards in accommodation for Visitors in Hermanus.  The exquisitely designed and furnished rooms in the Hotel feature original artwork. Each Room has a small kitchenette to enable Guests to enjoy light meals in the comfort of their rooms should they so desire.  With Whale viewing from Hotel balconies, the Hotel enjoys the most prominent of positions in the centre of the old town. Plentiful off-street Parking (a nominal daily fee is charged) frees Guests to explore the town centre on foot, with a multitude of Restaurants, Shops and Bars surrounding the Hotel.  The Hotel is wi-fi enabled and Guests can enjoy the use of a Work Station at Reception.
Misty Waves Boutique Hotel Misty Waves Boutique Hotel, HERMANUS
Hermanus Misty Waves offers the best of Hermanus! Absolutely stunning sea views from your luxurious bedroom. You can lie in bed and watch the whales. Suites with lounge area and private veranda have spa baths and some with four poster beds.  Only ONE minute walk to Village Centre, craft markets and restaurants! No need to drive anywhere!  We even offer a chauffeur service to golf clubs!  Metres from famous Cliff Paths for the best land based whale watching in the world.  Linger in the lounge area with fireplace. Sumptuous breakfasts in adorable dining area! Romantic inhouse Dinners by Candlelight with a view on the entire Walker Bay.
The Marine Hermanus, Luxury Hotel, HERMANUS
Walter McFarlane, who had moved to Hermanus from nearby Elgin in the 1880's, built the Marine Hotel in 1902.  The hotel started off quite modestly with a mere 21 rooms and over the years the hotel has seen numerous extensions and changes of ownership. Following the purchase of the Marine by David Rawdon in the early 1980's and four years of painstaking renovation, thirteen years of successful management ensued. However a new custodian was required to take this grand old lady into the new millennium.  Liz McGrath became the new owner of the Marine Hotel in March 1998 and so began the complete makeover of this historic hotel. 
Windsor Hotel Hermanus Windsor Hotel, Seaside Hotel, HERMANUS
The three-star Windsor Hotel offers 70 comfortable en-suite bedrooms (most of which are sea facing) in one of the Cape's most glorious settings.  On the very edge of sparkling Walker Bay, the Windsor Hotel combines the best of traditional hospitality with all the comforts you expect of stylish waterfront living - right in the village of Hermanus. Hermanus is long admired for its invigorating "champagne air" and breathtaking scenery that unfolds along miles of cliff and mountain paths.  It remains essentially unspoiled in spite of all the sophisticated amenities it now has to offer; there is so much to experience that you will want to stay forever. 
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31 Tobago Bay 31 Tobago Bay, Self-Catering Holiday Rental Apartment, HERMANUS
31 Tobago Bay is a beautiful self-catering seafront apartment located in a secure complex with magnificent sea views. The one-bedroom unit offers an en-suite bathroom and spacious open-plan living areas leading on to a patio with stunning ocean views. Features include a TV, music centre, microwave, and gas barbecue and guests also have use of the communal swimming pool with squash courts and laundry facilities. The apartment is located just three minutes' drive to the town centre, and has direct access to the beach via a boardwalk. Secure shaded parking within the complex is also provided.
Marine Square Luxury Holiday Suites Marine Square Luxury Holiday Suites, Self-catering, HERMANUS
Marine Square is ideally located only meters from the Village Square Piazza, excellent restaurants and boutiques as well as the scenic cliff paths for whale watching in season. This luxury apartment hotel offers the benefits of a hotel, with a reception area, and daily servicing, but the privacy and flexibility of a self-catering unit. The apartments are spacious, comfortable and tastefully furnished . Master bedrooms are en-suite, and offer king size beds with 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen, dressing gowns and spacious bathrooms. The apartment hotel offers 10 luxury suites - four with three bedrooms, four with two bedrooms, and two with one bedroom. The suites are spacious, comfortable, and stylishly furnished.
Milkwood Lodge
Milkwood Lodge, Guest Lodge, HERMANUS
Within walking distance of the popular Voëlklip and Grotto beaches and only 6 minutes from the village centre, spacious en suite double or twin bedrooms and a self-catering cottage with magnificent sea or mountain views.  Spacious en suite double or twin bedrooms, with sea or mountain views, private entrances and patios ensuring comfort and privacy.  Gracious sitting room, full breakfast and hospitality bar.  Complimentary tea or coffee at any time.  Swimming pool and spacious gardens
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