General

Sea front upmarket Hermanus luxury guest house, or boutique hotel as our English guests describe us, where all rooms have panoramic sea views ideal for whale watching and are fully en-suite with king-size beds, private balconies or patios and luxury fittings.

  • Pub with cosy fireplace and TV
  • Heated salt pool
  • Small gym and treatment room
  • Guest lounges with fireplace
  • Cliff path in front of house
  • 1km walk to village centre and restaurants
  • Massage, reflexology and aroma therapy
  • Beauty therapy- facials, pedicures etc
  • Bicycles
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guaranteed full sea views from all rooms
  • Transport can be arranged to restaurants

Our Guest house in Hermanus provides awesome whale watching opportunities. This unique Hermanus accommodation, where you can watch whales from your bed or private patio, has 4 stars and is a luxury guest house with magnificent sea views. Listen to the sea gently lull you to sleep each evening.

Shark cage diving or shark based activities can be arranged and is an easy drive from Hermanus.

Hermanus has wonderful beaches stretching for miles and swimming areas with life guards. We can also arrange whale watching cruises, scuba diving, paragliding, horse riding on the beach, fishing, golf, quad biking, sea kayaking, wine tasting at top wine estates surrounding Hermanus, trips to the penguin colony, 4×4 beach picnics, etc. Walk from our front gate along the cliffs to town or the New Harbour and watch whales jump or swim sometimes so close you feel you can touch them or just sit and enjoy the stunning tranquility and beauty.

Watch whales from On the Cliff Guest House situated right on the seafront of Hermanus. Step out of the front gate onto the cliff path and stroll to the village or the harbour . The cliff path extends past our front gate for about 10km along the coast and boasts beautiful fauna and flora. The cliff paths offer excellent whale watching opportunities as the whales bask literally meters from the cliffs below you.

Some whale facts – the open mouth of an adult Southern Right whale can be 2 meters wide

Every time a whale jumps out of the water (breaches) it uses up the same amount of energy a human does in 2 days

All our rooms have beautiful sea and cliff views and face directly onto the sea -refer photo above.

Each year from the month of June to the end of November our whales, the gentle giants of the deep glide into the bay, as Walker Bay is the breeding ground of the Southern Right Whale, returning each year to meet with the same mate, to produce, and then later, spawn the off-spring of their labour, each one heralded on arrival by the Whale Crier – the only one in the world. The whales often sleep or laze the day away almost within touching distance while the more energetic entertain the crowds launching their huge bodies out of the water to come crashing down in massive displays of strength or waving their tales in the air.

The Hermanus whale festival usually is about the 25 September for a week.

Shark cage diving or viewing from boats is available throughout the year with especially good sightings during our Winter (May, June, July) when the larger females tend to be back. We can pre-book for you if you prefer. In season this is advisable. Should bad weather prevent the boat from going out you usually are accommodated the next day or when the weather clears.

Hermanus beaches are sandy paradises of sun and sea offering swimming , surfing ,sun bathing ,horse riding and walks. Grotto beach stretches for about 20 km’s and for most of the 20 km’s you won’t see anyone. Kite surfing is very popular and spectacular to watch.

Hermanus has over 50 restaurants available offering stunning food and our local wines.

Whale watching boats leave from Hermanus, in season, about 3 times daily and should be pre booked.

Penguin colony (Photo gallery) at Betty’s Bay about 30 mins. drive away where they are free but overhead walkways allow you an insight into their lives.
Golf is popular and there are several local courses available including the world class Arabella golf course home to the Nelson Mandela Challenge. Golf clubs can be hired at some courses if necessary and 18 holes will cost about 350 Rand at the Hermanus golf club. Golf clubs can be hired from “On the Cliffs” guest house or from the Hermanus golf club. Refer our golf button for more information.

Wine route – our little known, but widely consumed, wine route boasts some of the best wine produced in the country, regularly winning awards. Hermanus is virtually surrounded by vineyards producing high quality, low cost to exceptional pretty high cost wine. We do not have any large scale vineyards more the smaller family run type operation producing unique wines. Wine is relatively cheap in South Africa and is on a par with the best anywhere. Please enjoy, but don’t drink and drive – there are tours, shuttles and taxi’s that will transport you, otherwise just buy some and enjoy it at your restaurant etc. Corkage will be charged but this is usually not much. We stock some very nice local wine from our area in the guest house bar so you can experience the quality of our home grown wines.

Sea kayaking is very popular and no experience is necessary. Very stable kayaks are used with highly experienced guides.

Paragliding is very popular with the hill directly behind the town used as a take off area making full use of the sea breeze. The sky is often full of brightly colored paragliders. Tandem with instructors is hugely popular.

Picnic on the beach or cliffs of De Kelders. By prior arrangement we will take you by 4×4 along the dunes or cliff tops for a picnic at virtually deserted beach areas. Not accessible to normal vehicles.

Nightclubs, restaurants, walks in the mountain, lots of wine, it is difficult to imagine what more you could want.