The Whale Route runs from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas. Our selection highlights our favourite hotel accommodation in Hermanus and surrounding areas along the Whale Route in South Africa's Garden Route region. The area is particularly well known for intimate B&Bs and owner-run Guesthouses.
Harbour House Hotel
Located in the historical village of Hermanus, the Harbour House Hotel features an understated luxury that bestows upon its guests a level of comfort to match the soothing sights and sounds of the majestic ocean beckoning only metres away.
Grootbos Forest Lodge
Located on a hilltop overlooking Walker Bay and forming part of a 1700 hectare private fynbos reserve, Grootbos Forest Lodge is an experience in itself. With highlights such as flower safaris, horse-riding and whale watching on your doorstep.
Mosaic Milkwood Cottage
Mosaic Milkwood Cottages are luxurious, tasteful and perfectly located. They are ideal for all kinds of guests from couples, to families to groups of friends
Arniston Spa Hotel
Arniston Spa Hotel is the embodiment of a seaside getaway. Enjoy a change of pace by the ocean and indulge in superb food , wine and spa treatments
Abalone Guest Lodge
Abalone is a bright, airy guest house on the outskirts of Hermanus and close to the wonderful beaches; it’s also near the cliff walk which offers the best whale watching opportunities. The view of Walker Bay and the mountain backdrop make for an excellent setting.
The Marine Hotel
The Marine is a linen-white hotel on manicured grounds in Hermanus, perched on a cliff overlooking Walker Bay. A member of the Relais & Chateaux group, the service and comfort is exemplary and the dining outstanding.
The latest addition to the Grootbos portfolio, this luxury villa is hidden in the natural wonderland of the reserve with six elegant suites, a private butler, chef and guide, and views of the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay.
One Marine Drive
One Marine Drive boutique hotel is a scenic 2 hour drive from Cape Town. The seafront location makes it an easy area to explore on foot, with art galleries, shops, as well as bars and restaurants not far away.
Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Mosaic Private Sanctuary is a peace and private retreat close to the coastal town of Hermanus. Set on 933 hectares of land overlooking the Hermanus Lagoon, there are many activities in the area or simply relax and enjoy the spectacular setting.
La Petite Baleine
La Petite Baleine is a picturesque villa on the cliffs of De Kelders with vast ocean views. Guests can experience tranquil beach walks and Whale and Dolphin spotting.
138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse
138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse gives guests a front-row seat to Walker Bay and its migratory inhabitants. Being only a stone’s throw from the town centre, it is in the perfect position to explore what Hermanus has to offer.
Ocean Eleven Guest House
Ocean Eleven is an Old World, Cape Cod, Colonial-style guesthouse situated on the famous cliffs of Hermanus. The picturesque mountains beyond gently embrace the phenomenal, all encompassing vista of the bay.
The waves of Walker Bay lap the shore below Birkenhead Villa. The sumptuous couches of the patio lead on to manicured lawns, a boardwalk, shimmering pool, and elevated view point – the perfect place from which to enjoy uninterrupted views of migrating whales in South Africa.
Olive Tree House
Located in the whale watching capital of South Africa, this Hermanus Guest House occupies a unique location which provides superb views in a tranquil and beautiful country setting.
Hermanus Beach Villa
Hermanus Beach Villa overlooks the expansive rolling waters of Walker Bay with views of the ocean from every Suite and only a stones throw away from the shoreline.
De Kelders Private Villa
As award-winning cookbook author and owner, Neil Stemmet says, "To me this is the idea of home - a place where you have a sense of belonging and calm, a place to lay your head and be at ease..."
Mosaic Duminy Cottage
Out of Mosaic Private Sanctuary’s milkwood trees and fynbos gardens emerges Mosaic Duminy Cottage - a quaint stone building with natural finishes & stone mosaics.
Grootbos Garden Lodge
Grootbos Garden Lodge is located in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. The individual Suites are hidden within a large garden, giving the lodge its name.
Shore’s Edge Guesthouse
For ultimate comfort and tranquility, Shore’s Edge Guesthouse offers the best in beach retreats. Unwind on the wrap-around balcony with a sundowner or explore the mountains surrounding Hermanus.
At Birkenhead House in Hermanus, you’ll find Great-Gatsby-style elegance that doesn’t take itself too seriously, retaining that laid-back aura you want from a beach retreat.
Agulhas Country Lodge
Located at the point where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet, Agulhas Country Lodge is a charming stopover with panoramic views along the South African coastline.
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