Weekend in Sandbaai - We were very happy in Sandbaai as it is a lot quieter than Hermanus. We found Hermanus very nice but extremely busy.
Recommended destination is Hermanus - I came for whale watching; unfortunately with all the excessive rain the Cape area received prior to my arrival the whales were not seen close to shore.
I will definitely want to return.
Suzette du Plessis South Africa
Neat - Very nice, quiet and neat place. I love it. See you soon Sandbaai!
Velma Marshall South Africa
Hermanus - Superb destination, breath taking sea vistas and of course the whales make it very special. Also, the whole town appears to be very well managed with good restaurants and is extremely clean.
A special place - Hermanus is a very special place to visit, not just for their famous Southern Right Whales, but also for their Blue Flag beaches, world famous Cliff Path, the many hiking paths in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and many more attractions.
My dream vacation place - This was our 13th visit to the Whale festival and we never get tired of being there. Everything you need when you want to escape the chaos of the city. Just peace and tranquility. I want to retire here.
Maureza Segelaar South Africa
Good location - Good location and not too far from Hermanus
van de velde koen South Africa
Heaven is a place on earth - Hermanus is a little piece of Heaven and if it is peace and tranquility you're after, look no further! Awesome landscapes and the whales is an added bonus. Love Hermanus!
Michelle Gardiner South Africa
Stunning beaches - Awesome place for sunsets and birdlife and quiet getaway with small family.
Chantal Manton South Africa
The place to relax - Excellent places to enjoy some good food.
Shaun Solomon South Africa
Quiet and peaceful - We didn't spend too much time in Sandbaai as we were only there for one night, but it was very relaxing, peaceful and quiet. The neighbourhood where we stayed also felt quite safe. The beach was mostly rocky with some sandy patches, but there's a lovely walkway along the beach which was nice to walk along in the early morning.
Views of vermont - Quiet, calm - lovely
Allison Bergh South Africa
Voelklip - The area is very quite and peaceful.
The place is located near all the important amenities.
Harriot Van Schalkwyk South Africa
Hermanus Whales - Hermanus is the place for watching whales!
Very peaceful - Sandbaai is a quiet and safe little town. Beautiful and laid back, it's a great space for taking a break and relaxing.
Lungiswa Memela South Africa
Sandbaai - Nice and quiet and safe.
Aboobakar Harris South Africa
Hermanus as a holiday venue. - A fantastic holiday destination with very good shopping facilities and restaurants. Good sporting facilities including golf. You can sense the holiday atmosphere. It does however get very crowded during peak holiday periods.
Johann Von Wielligh South Africa
Weekend getaway - Peaceful and quiet, the perfect getaway!
chantel coetzee South Africa
Hemel en Aarde - Feels safe and would walk alone all over where allowed.
andries du plessis South Africa
January 2013 - Short but enjoyable visit.
bets van den berg South Africa
nice for 2 days - it's a nice village and the restaurants are very good
dick van duijn Netherlands
Discover Vermont near Hermanus - Situated an easy 8-km drive from the bustling Hermanus, lies Vermont, a new and quiet area with beautiful homes, views, beach and walking trails. The pristine Brekfis Bay beach, Vermont Nature Reserve and hiking trails are a pleasure for nature lovers who at night can enjoy the bright stars visible over the area.
Vermont borders on a number of green belts created in an effort to maintain the inherent tranquillity and endemic fynbos and bird life in the area. Vermont serves mainly as a holiday village, its residents making their way here primarily during holiday seasons. The area is well known for the protected Milkwood trees which flourish here. A beautiful coastal path stretches from Onrus along the coastline and is known as the Vermont Trail, interspersed with tidal pools and ending at the sand dunes of Brekfis Bay, one of the most undisturbed and child-friendly beaches in the area.
The Vermont Nature Reserve offers a scenic two-hour walk along the coast from Brekfis Bay to Hawston harbour amongst pristine fields of fynbos – reminding one of the Namaqualand flower season – and is a paradise for bird watchers.
The Vermont Salt Pan, an ecologically sensitive seasonal body of water that teems with bird-life, plays host to a large population of flamingos that come here to breed - their pink wings and long legs against the backdrop of the mountain make a wonderfully scenic moment.
Vermont counts several well-known four and five star guest houses which have been hosting hundreds of discerning visitors over the years. Close to Vermont are many shops such as supermarkets, excellent restaurants and cafes to excite and satisfy any cosmopolitan palate, post office, tourist shops and art galleries situated in nearby Onrus, Sandbaai and Hemel en Aarde.
Pauli Roodbol South Africa
Quite place - Very easy to see the whales.
Maria Chiara Sapienza South Africa
mr bezuidenhout - very nice and peasefull,and if u go too rest defnitly the place
Wynand Bezuidenhout South Africa
Unspoilt Natural Wonder - I spend a weekend in Hermanus, the beach is gorgeous. i enjoy morning waking up in the morning and just watching the sea breeze and birds. I really had a great time experiencing nature's unspoilt destination. i will definitely visit again.
Bethwell Betana South Africa
Charlotte Wood ~ Loving Hermanus - My husband and I spent an unforgettable 3 days celebrating our 22 wedding anniversary in Hermanus. This is the third time we've spent an anniversary there. So you can guess why we love Hermanus so much! We stayed at the Bamboo House bed and breakfast and dined two nights at La Pentola restaurant. The food is amazing and their service outstanding. This time of the year, being September, the whales and dolphins were all over the bay. The walks along the cliff paths is one to experience, along with the view of the mountains. It's absolutely breathtaking! I have family arriving March 2013 from the States and would definitely take them there!!
charlotte wood South Africa
About Sandbaai - It's a nice place to visit, quiet and people are friendly. Nice environment.
Nelisiwe Peyi South Africa
Best Breakaway Holiday " Eastcliff" - My wife was pregnant and she needed a break before the big day and we decided to spend a weekend at Eastcliff and we were delighted with the cosy holiday house. We had a great breakaway weekend and we will be back with our daughter.
We had the pleasure of meeting new people inthe surrounding areas like Gansbaai and even bought some fresh fish to braai. Was our best weekend breakaway.
Gavin Hurling South Africa
family time of the special kind - we had an unforgettable two nights in Hermanus
experiencing the magnificent views and fun night life, the invigourating walks along the cliff paths... chasing the setting sun to get the perfect picture, and the waves breaking on the rocks below and showering us with a cloud of water, drenching us all from head to toe... what a blast ! our two adult daughters shared these times with us,will definitely go back for another visit soon, hopefully when the whales are in town !! two nights was not long enough. sandy pollastrini
sandy pollastrini South Africa
Westcliff (Hermanus) - The place was nice and clean, no littering. The people were extra friendly and helpful about the town and best places to visit. It was truly tranquil for a holiday although leaving was to come too soon.
rhulani masungini South Africa
Review title...A Perfect stay. - Our stay at Eastcliff was wonderful. I would recommend Eastcliff and walking distance to the beach and the shops.
sabina sitera South Africa
Amazing Hermanus - We spent just 2 days and one night in Hermanus, just after doing the 2012 Cape Argus Cycle ride and found Hermanus to be absolutely amazing. The seaviews and the beach were absolutely stunning and we cannot wait to be able to spend time there again for a longer period to be able to explore all that is on offer. We absolutely loved it, the central area is all within walking distance and there is a 'safe' feeling there.
Vernon and Vivienne van der Merwe
Vernon van der Merwe South Africa
Sandbaai - Sandbaai has lovely accommodation on offer and is just up the road from Hermanus, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of Sandbaai or go not too far and have the hustle and bustle of Hermanus. We have been to Sandbaai a number of times and always enjoy our stay
Lucille De Oliveira South Africa
Splendid sea an whale spume! - Hermanus, the place with vibe and view, friendly people and fabulous whale whatching. Fantastic food and festive feasts of wine and dine.
We stayed at Whale Rock estate with a breathtaking view of the wild ocean. We dined at Burgandy's and the Harbour Rock, and enjoyed lovely fish and beautiful deserts.
We would be back to enjoy all the wonderful elements of this creative and artistic town, we will visit again to experience the beauty where the mountain and the sea meet.
Celeste Loriston South Africa
Wonderful mini-break! - My boyfriend and I had a wonderful midweek break in Voelklip. It is such a clean, well maintained, beautiful and scenic suburb. Our accomodation was just a short walk from the beach and we enjoyed the walks along the 'FernKloof Nature Reserve Cliff Paths'. Would definitely visit again!
Alison Swain South Africa
A living memory - Hermanus with its breathtaking landscape views and little village like shopping centre , has always meant the world to me.
erica engelbrecht South Africa
Sandbaai - Great place to stay , very pleasnat and family orientated , great attractions and plenty to do for the kids , my family loved it , Being in the Hospitality industry myself for the past 16 years , I have alredat reccomended Sandbaai to my guests , friends and family and will continue to do so
David Hendricks South Africa
A good choice to stay in Eastcliff for Holidays - The new Checkers is located in Eastcliff, it is so convenient to buy food and groceries in holidays.
Breathtaking views - Wonderful getaway for relaxing and winding down. Beautiful views of the ocean and mountains.
Amazing Destination - Sandbaai is peaceful , relaxing and very delightful. When you need 2 get away from all the noise in the city this is the place for u. The beach has calming effect as well as the other surroundings. I defintely recommend Sandbaai as a get away destination! Its absolutely breath taking! Excellent!!
gaynor koopman South Africa
Voelklip is great! - We went there 3 occasions and found the house, area and people fantastic and very accomodating. The owner of the property was extremely helpful and ready to help with whatever issue I had. I recommend Voelklip for anybody whose looking to get away!
Marcel Arrison South Africa
Whale Watching - Voëlklip - Grotto Beach in Hermanus, “The best land-based whale watching location in the world.”
Glorious Eastcliff - Eastcliff is the oldest and lovliest residential area in Hermanus. Most of the streets are lined with beautiful old trees and several homes date back 100 years and are beautifully maintained , renovated and restored and have charming mature gardens. Hoy's Koppie, a lovely historical landmark,gives magnificent views over Hermanus and the surrounding area. A stroll along the glorious Cliff Paths presents spectacular views over Walker Bay towards Gansbaai and offers the best land based Whale watching in the world. Eastcliff is centrally situated and within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, galleries, the unique Marine Tidal Pool , Cliff Paths, historic Old Harbour and the famous Saturday Craft Market.It is a lovely quiet peaceful area and offers a wide range of accommodation from luxurious hotels to modest B and Bs
Hermanus Esplanade - Your review...We just had our family holiday in Hermanus and had a awesome week there. We stayed at the Esplanade self catering cottages who offered a great winter rate up till 31July.
The Espanade is not fancy but has everything you need and so it feel like your own little beach house.... with awesome seaviews. We were braaing on our balcony while watching the whales jumping and the weather was great!
veronica vanzyl South Africa
Eastcliff - Eastcliff is a quiet residential area within walking distance to CBD. Cliffpaths along the Ocean for Whale watching, run through Eastcliff. The Whale Coast Route ( R43 ), run also through Eastcliff. Some of the most popular Whale Watching spots are within Eastcliff (Roman Rock, Die Gang, etc.). The historical Hoy's Koppie, a part of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve & the 27 hole Hermanus Golf course are within Eastcliff. Millionnaire's Lane is also in Eastcliff on the seafront and can be seen by walking along the cliff path. Whilst walking on the cliff paths, you would discover the abundant Ocean life, different species of Fauna & Flora and the beauty of the nature with the clean Hermanus Champagne air.
Koos & Cecilia Pretorius South Africa
Hermanus - Hermanus is the New Kid on the Block!!! Famous for Whales in the Bay along our Devine clear waters, Wine from the most glorious vineyards, farms where you can have fun, lunch, Wine tasting till you know which wine you would like to purchase.
Shark Diving from nearby waters. World famous Whale watching from the shore, in the village or all along the famous cliff paths or by boat. Overseas visitors to Hermanus, say that Hermanus is the next (South of France ), look alike. Quad biking, kayaking, walks, fynbos to view...Hermanus is the most friendly village along the weastern Cape, cleanest town, fresh champayne Air. A Visit to Hermanus is a must for anyone coming to the Western Cape.
Bridget Crofford South Africa
Hermanus - What a gem! Beautiful beaches and surroundings.
Elsabe Craycraft South Africa
Meerenbosch Tranquility at its best - View and enjoy South Africa's only Wetlands Wild Horse Race from your own patio or bedroom balcony. Most gorgeous sunrises, sunsets and moonlit evenings overlooking the tranquil Botriver Lake & Arabella Golf Estate. A Photographer's dream world. Photograph the little baby Black Oyster Catcher, Whales, Pelicans, Flamigos and horses and mountains and corn fields all around you. Near to stunning restaurants and when last did you jump off a sand dune or hike on the beach all the way to Kleinmond, enjoy a delicious Fish & Chips Meal at the restaurant and then started wondering how are you going to get back. This is when charm sets in. Meerenbosch is a place of serene rejuvenation.
The Coast of Whales - Hermanus has a long history of being a fishing town. Today there are many wonderful restaurants, beaches, walks and shopping centres. Hermanus however still remains a quaint and sleepy town where one can relax and enjoy the champagne air! Walker Bay is a protected bay and to the delight of everyone, whales are abundant in this bay from about August through January each year. It is the most exciting sight to see them frolicking and fluking in the waters. Wine tasting, restaurants and about anything you want to do to relax is offered in this quaint spot in the Western Cape.
michelle viret South Africa
Hermanus - something for everyone - I grew up in Hermanus and even though much development has happened since then, the town and suburbs and beachers still have such a lovely small-town feel.
The shops are interesting and not just the usual franchised global shops, but there are quite a few unusual hand-made and designed items. The beaches are so varied, from long surfing and walking beaches, to craggy rocks, cliff paths, little hideaway spots, pools, dunes and lagoons.
If you are a walker, runner, kayaker, mountain climber, restaurant-lover, fisherman, surfer, wine-lover, art-junkie, walker, hiker, swimmer, shopper, reader, whale watcher - Hermanus has something for you. Wild winter stormy days with frothy seas to calm autumn evenings with a still mirrored Walker Bay - all these have appeal, all through the year.