Accommodation in Whale Coast

The well-named Cape Whale Coast runs from the hamlet of Rooi-Els to the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Backed by fynbos-covered mountains, this magnificent stretch of coastline is the winter playground for southern right whales. Every year, from June to November, whales gathered in these waters to calve and mate – putting on spectacular displays of breaching and tail slapping close to shore. At the heart of the Whale Coast, the town of Hermanus has a well-earned reputation for the best land-based whale watching in the world! While outside of whale season there are still plenty of reasons to stay here: shark-cage diving, sunny afternoons on sandy beaches, you can hit the hiking trails or enjoy wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven-and-Earth) Valley. A great add-on to any Cape Town itinerary!

Birkenhead House

Set on a cliff between two sandy beaches, Birkenhead House is perfectly placed for a seaside escape on the Cape’s Whale Coast. This all-inclusive boutique hotel has 11 light and airy suites, individually decorated with original paintings and hand-crafted antiques. A private path leads down to the beach and the views…

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Forest Lodge

Looking out over Walker Bay, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers luxury accommodation amid indigenous fynbos and trees  – a stunning natural location! Grootbos is unique in providing luxurious, yet environmentally sustainable, lodge accommodation within South Africa’s world-famous Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as being in a coastal area that boasts diverse…

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Harbour House Hotel

Harbour House Hotel has a great location, just across the road from the Hermanus cliff path and an easy stroll from restaurants, markets and shops. A real highlight is the terrace and swimming pool with its ocean views which (from June to November) may include the sight of whales breaching in…

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The Marine

Perched on cliffs, The Marine overlooks Walker Bay in Hermanus. If you’re looking to do land-based whale watching then The Marine is perfect as, from June to November, whales visit this coast and can even be seen from the sea view rooms. The hotel has 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites,…

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The Thatch House Boutique Hotel

The Thatch House Boutique Hotel is a boutique hotel resting on the bank of the Hermanus lagoon. The upmarket boutique has breathtaking views of the ancient Cape Fold Mountains and the Lagoon. It offers peace, tranquility, total privacy and a restful escape from the city in an exquisite setting. The soulful…

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