Schulphoek Seafront Walk: Kus Pad
2 km to Sandbaai beach and a further 1 km to Onrus beach.
Exit through the side gate (open from 07h00 to 19h00), and pick up the coastal path (Kus pad) in front of the house. Keep right. Take in the wonderful sea air. Enjoy the coastal features and abundance of marine life. Be prepared to see rare and fantastic fynbos species along the way. Spot the abundant birdlife and small animals; the tortoise, Cape Brown Mongoose, Cape Grys Bok and for the very lucky, the Cape Clawless otter.
From July to November the majestic Southern Right Whales visit the bay and schools of dolphins, Brydes and Humpback whales can be spotted.
Boat-based whale watching and shark cage diving
We are happy to make booking arrangements for Whale Watching and Shark Cage Diving Excursions.
Southern Right whale
Best time to spot them: July – November. Distinguished by callosities (calluses) on its head, a broad back without a dorsal fin and a long, arching mouth that begins above the eye. These mammals often swim close to the shore. Adults can weigh up to 80 tonnes.
Best time to spot them: May – December. Distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobby head. They are curious and will approach whale-watching boats closely. They follow their migratory path towards their breeding grounds in the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. Male Humpback whales produce complex songs, sometimes lasting 10 to 20 minutes long. These songs are often repeated for hours at a time.
Best time to spot them: all year round. Named after the Norwegian consul to South Africa, John Bryde, who helped set up the first whaling station in Durban. They are medium-sized, dark grey in colour with a white underbelly. Can reach depths of up to 300 m while diving and can stay submerged up to a maximum of 20 minutes!
Sightings are becoming more frequent. Oracas are known to hunt down the Great White Shark.
Great White Sharks
Best time to spot them: May to August. Beautifully streamlined to slip through the ocean with the minimum of effort. Their immense size, jet black eyes, row upon row of razor sharp teeth and extendable jaws make these Lamnidae (fish of prey) the ultimate super predator.
We are happy to make booking arrangements for:
On the Water
On the sea and in the lagoon
Deep-sea, reef fishing and crayfish
Operating from the New Harbour, 36 ft catamaran.
Tours and bike hire. Explore Hermanus and its surroundings
Outsides for the novice with experienced instructors
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Fernkloof Nature Reserve lies in the Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus with some pretty choice views over the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Walker Bay. The close on 2 000 hectare reserve protects the priceless and unique coastal fynbos and a small patch of evergreen forest
Time: 1 hr to 6 hours.
Certain parts of the Hermanus Cliff Path are wheelchair-friendly, including the stretch in front of the Village Square Shopping Centre that stretches from the Marine Hotel to the Village Square.
It offers scenic views over Walker Bay and superb whale watching in season.
Nearby Hermanus: Things to Do
Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
Bettys Bay lies within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve; the first UNESCO declared Biosphere in South Africa and is fiercely protected by the town’s occupants. Although the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the world’s six plant kingdoms, it nevertheless has the 2nd largest diversity. The reserve stretches along the coast from Gordon’s Bay through to the town of Kleinmond and inland from the farms of the Elgin Basin through to Grabouw - a total of some 100,000 ha.
Broadwith Road, Betty's Bay, Cape Overberg
Open Weekdays from 08h00 to 16h30
Weekends and public holidays from 08h00 to 17h00
Watch Penguins Play! Roughly 3 600 penguins now live at Stony Point's old whaling station, increasing from the two who originally ventured here in 1985. Quieter and less of a tourist mecca, Stony Point is just over an hour's drive to reach the town of Betty's Bay - if you take the R44 the scenery and the views are well worth the trip.
Betty's Bay, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape
Open daily from 09h00 to 17h00
Stony Point Penguins
Grotto Beach (15 min drive)
A Blue Flag Beach in 2013, Grotto beach is a local beach in Hermanus that offers excellent facilities in the form of a restaurant play park and well maintained ablution facilities. The beach is excellent for swimming and well suited to kids
Onrus Beach (10 min drive)
Onrus Beach, which is adjacent to a warm, calm lagoon, is ideally suited to family outings, where small children can play in the calmer waters of the lagoon, and older children and adults can brave the waves.
Voelklip Beach (15 min drive)
The beach at Voelklip, flanked by green lawns, and with good facilities, is especially popular with younger adults, particularly during the peak tourist season. With refreshments on hand, and being another prime surfing spot
5 Golf Courses in and near Hermanus
Wine Tour: Hermanus Wine Estates
Start at Schulphoek, travel directly to the start of the wine route at the intersection of the R43 and Main rd. The route is approx 17 km and includes 15 excellent wine estates. The following estates offer lunch; La Vierge, Newton Johnson & Creation. It is advisable to book. The drive is extremely picturesque.
Grapes grown in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley are influenced by the cold Atlantic Ocean and the temperate conditions and clayey soil produce wines similar to those of Northern France. The Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley is one of the most productive regions in terms of the production of wines. It has the ideal climate, as the icy wind from the Atlantic Ocean cools it down. In addition, the mountains, which surround the valley, lock in clouds and the resultant moisture, so that the vines get plenty of water.
Time: 1 day to cover the entire valley or an afternoon/morning to complete 3 estates plus lunch.
Hermanus Golf Club
3 golf courses, 27-hole. Highest green FEE weekdays from R507.00, highest green FEE weekend from R507.00.
Distance 4 km
Arabella Golf Club
1 golf course, 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course (ranked in the top 10 in South Africa)
Highest green FEE weekdays from R1,260.00, highest green FEE weekend from R1,260.00.
Distance 22 km
Kleinmond Gold Club
Eco-friendly, part of the Kogelberg Biosphere.
1 golf course, 9-hole
Highest green FEE weekdays from R150.00, highest green FEE weekend from R150.00.
Distance 30 km
Gansbaai Golf Club
1 golf course, 9-hole. Highest green FEE weekdays from R100.00, highest green FEE weekend from R100.00.
Distance 60 km
Caledon Golf Club
1 golf course, 9-holes. Highest green FEE weekdays from R160.00, highest green FEE weekend from R160.00. Distance: 32 km
Day Trip: Visit Stanford & De Kelders
The unique little village of Stanford, overlooked by the moody slopes of the Klein River Mountains, lies just inland of False Bay, forming the tip of a triangle with the coastal towns of Hermanus and De Kelders.
Stanford is an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, restaurants and coffee shops, and the list of activities for a largely rural village exceeds one’s expectations. Like many of the Overberg towns, Stanford originated as a farm, de Kleine Riviers Valey (the original spelling), and the tree-lined streets today, filled with historical buildings, are testimony to the largely English influence that makes Stanford the third most historically important village in the Western Cape.
Eat, drink and be merry:
- Klein River Cheese – just on the outskirts of town, you can either visit to sample cheese, or you can buy a picnic and sit on the banks of the Klein River
WHERE? Klein River Farm, Stanford, Cape Overberg.
WHEN? Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00. Saturdays from 09h00 to 13h00, Public Holidays from 09h00 to 14h00.
- Birkenhead Micro Brewery – set in the Walker Bay Vineyards just outside of town, sample the independent brew and tour learn all about fermentation, malting, mashing and cellaring.
WHERE? R326 Main Road, Stanford, Cape Overberg.
WHEN? Brewery Tours from Wednesday to Friday at 11h00 and 15h00.
- Springfontein Wine Estate and Restaurant
Vineyards Springfontein Wine Estate is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are warm, and the ocean, with its icy wind that blows across the vineyards, is close by.
WHERE? Turn right into Stanford. Drive along the main road (Queen Victoria Street). Turn left into Moore Road (becomes a gravel road) Travel about 5km until Springfontein entrance on left.
WHEN? Lunch Thursday - Sunday. Dinner Wednesday - Saturday
- Madré’s Kitchen – set on the Sir Robert Stanford Wine Estate, this little restaurant is extremely popular and well worth a visit. It is also family-friendly
- Marianas – one of those gems, set in a little house known as Owls’ Barn – a throwback to when it was a popular holiday cottage – you’ll need to book to experience the country lunches made with ingredients from Mariana’s garden.
WHERE? 12 Du Toit Street, Stanford
WHEN? Thursday to Sunday, arrive from 12h00. Bookings essential. (Closed for winter break from July until September).
- SJ’s Bookshop – part of Sir Robert Stanford’s Home of Crafts and Antiques, which is also worth a visit, this bookshop is full of really excellent books
The Hermanus Country Market
A small market with a lot of soul. Where good friends meet, eat, and buy beautiful things…every Saturday between 08:00 and 12:00 and Wednesday from 16:00 till 20:00 in the evening at the Hermanus Cricket Club for some feel-good fun.
Lemm’s Corner Market
Lemm's Corner Market in the CBD of Hermanus is a highlight for locals and visitors alike when, on Sundays, the historic Lemm’s corner comes alive with craft and product stalls, live music and relaxed eatery venues. The market will be held every Sunday from 10am – 4pm (weather permitting) and every first Friday of the month from 5 – 8.30 pm.
Fisherman's Village Craft Market
The Fisherman’s Village Craft Market offers you a fantastic experience whilst nestled in the center of our lovely town. The stalls that open up to the public every day from 08h00 until 16h30
Food & Wine Market
Also on Saturdays, come rain or shine, the Food and Wine Market at the state-of-the-art Hermanuspietersfontein Wine Cellar, which can be found in the Hemel-en-Aarde Village, offers free wine tasting and unique gourmet-style food stalls in a lively, elegant atmosphere. Visit their market courtyard from 09:00 to 13:00.