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A weekend away in Hermanus

If you live in Cape Town. You will know how spoilt for choice we are for weekend getaways. Elle & I were looking for some time to relax and be alone before our little pumpkin joins the family at the end of April.

We decided to use AccommoDirect.com to find a place to stay. They have tons of places on their website, and you can end up drooling over some of the places they have available to rent.

What I like about AccommoDirect.com is that they have a wide offering of places to stay, from cosy log cabins, to big houses to share, to luxury guest houses. Since we wanted to enjoy our time together, relaxing and stuffing our faces with food. We decided to book 1 night stay at the Hermanus Boutique Guest House.

The Hermanus Boutique Guest House

The Hermanus Boutique Guest House is a 4 star accommodation and it shows. They have friendly staff working at the Guest House. We booked a sea side facing room and it was gorgeous. We had plenty of space in the room, and the views were just amazing. We sat on the two chairs, just staring out at the ocean. We were less than a kilometre away from the main town, which is super convenient. We literally parked our car, and walked wherever we needed to go.

Our room had a big flat screen tv with DSTV, and we also had a king sized bed. So we lay in front of the tv, relaxing, catching up on some random shows and just catching up with each others lives.

Things to do in Hermanus

Hermanus is famous for being one of the worlds best spots for whale watching. Since we travelled in March, it was pretty quiet, and a bit cold. The best times for viewing whales are from September - November. Hermanus has that "small town charm" and I prefer it in the off peak seasons. This was the first time we were there in the off peak season and it was brilliant. It was quiet, relaxed and we weren't surrounded by tourists. So I highly recommend Hermanus as a weekend getaway in the quieter months.

Here's some of the activities available in Hermanus:

  • Snorkelling
  • Whale watching
  • walking/hiking
  • lots of good restaurants
  • beaches
  • surfing
  • ocean kayaking

While we were there, it was cold and quiet. But we still walked along the cliff paths from our Guest House to the main town area. The cliff paths are beautiful and very nice to walk along.

A firm favourite is Bientangs Cave restaurant, based in an old cave, turned into a restaurant. It's really something else, and the views are also just amazing. We also love Lemmon Butta. They have really good seafood and the biggest prawns you will see! We ordered 2 XL king prawns, and it was worth every penny. 

Road tripping to Hermanus from Cape Town

The road trip from Cape Town to Hermanus is beautiful. You pass the town of Somerset West as well as Grabouw. Make sure to stop over at the Smiling Oven in Somerset West, they have THE BEST pies!

Another favourite of ours is the Peregrine Farm Stall in the Elgin Valley. You will pass this farm stall on the way to Hermanus, so it's definitely worth a stop! They have THE BEST apple pies in Cape Town. They've also expanded and now have some interesting little stalls outside, as well as the locally made Eversons Apple Cider, which is pretty good!

All in all, it takes about 90 minutes to get to Hermanus, and it's a really lovely drive.

Dillon Kin

Dillon Kin is the founder of I Live Under a Rock. He writes about travel, life in Cape Town. Dillon is a foodie, coffee snob and photographer.

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