Holiday Home & Cottage
Voëlklip - Hermanus

T: +27 (0) 82 558 8731
E: info@bottomhouse.com

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Cliff Paths

12 km cliff paths for the best whale watching or
At Fernkloof Nature Reserve

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Birding

more than 100 species

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Botany

1400 species collected, identified & stored at the herbarium

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Wine Tasting

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Stanford

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Old Harbour

Visit the museum & Walkerbay Tours

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Grotto Beach

Blue Flag Status for this beautiful beach

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Hermanus Golf Course

27 holes of professional golfing pleasure

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Whale Watching

Prime whale watching capital

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Kayaking in Walkerbay

Get up close & personal with whales and seals

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Paragliding

Paragliding for the most incredible view of Hermanus

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Water Skiing

Water Skiing at Maanskijnbaai

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Wind Surfing

Hermanus offers a great venue for water sports

Things To Do in Hermanus

Abseiling

Hermanus Old Harbour at Gearings Point is a perfect spot for abseiling, as it’s not too high (about 20 metres) and has marvellous views.

Tel: +27 (0) 72 062 8500
PERCYTOURS

Birding

Birds are prolific at Hermanus. There are more than 100 species of which several are endemic.

Tel: +27 (0) 28 314 1167
HERMANUS BIRD CLUB

Botanising

Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 1800 ha in the Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 842 m. In late 1957, this reserve was proclaimed by the Provincial Council of the Cape. It protects coastal and mountain fynbos and a small patch of montane and dune forest. Parts of the coastal area including the Cliff Path, the Mossel River valley, and the area from De Mond to Kettle Point, including the mouth of the Vogelgat River and part of the Klein River lagoon have recently been incorporated into the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

Braai at Bottom House

Sit on the terrace and braairoom and enjoy the balmy summer air, while the memories of onerous tasks dissipate and you are enveloped in the atmosphere of tranquility and peace.

View splendid sunsets from the terrace as the sun sets over the sea, see the town in the distance.

Boating

Hermanus
  • Neptune's Divers for Sunset Cruises and Diving Lessons
    Tel: 071 424 3428
  • Whale Cruises for whale-watching cruises
    Tel: 028-3132722 & 082 369 8931
  • The Whale Watchers for whale-watching cruises
    Tel: 028-312 4957 or 082 931 8064
  • Southern Right Charters for whale-watching cruises and sunset cruises
    Tel: 082 353 0550
Stanford
  • Klein River 
    For a funfilled day on the Klein River in Stanford, join the team on the African Queen for an eco-friendly cruise down the Klein River. With breathtaking views of the Klein River Mountains, this cruise is unforgettable. The Klein River itself, features more than 127 kinds of birds as well as a variety of salt and fresh water fish, including bass. Otters, terrapins and various other indiginous animals are also found here.

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Cycling

Serious road cyclists meet at Voëlkip traffic circle at 6h00 in peak season.

Mountain Biking (MTB)

Wine2Whales MTB Race is an annual event.

Mountain BIking Routes
  • Parallel to Cliff Path – 400 m from Bottom House
  • Fernkloof MTB trail - 2,5 km from Bottom House
  • Hemel and Aarde. Permit required (10 km from Bottom House)
  • Elgin Valley (Brochures at Elgin Valley Tourism +27 (0)21 848 9838
  • Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Eating out

MORE INFO to follow our extensive Hermanus restaurant guide.

Festivals and Events

There are numerous festivals happening throughout the year, which always attract large groups of people. So if you don’t like crowds, stay away but if you enjoy a bit of festivity take note of the events listed below. The dates vary from year to year and can be obtained from the Tourism Bureau on 028 312 2629

  • Sandbaai Kalfiefees (baby-whale festival)
  • Hermanus Whale Festival
  • Hermanus Wine and Food Festival
  • Mountain Run
  • The Wildflower Festival

Parkrun is a weekly event. The Colour Run and Sandbaai Fish Bash are annual events.

Golf

  • Arabella Golfing Estate
    Golf Club (Bookings are to be made in advance)
    028 284 9383
    Restaurants and Spa
    028 284 0000
  • Hermanus Golf Course
    The Hermanus Golf Course is located on Main Road. Travel through the towncentre and you will find the entrance to the Hermanus Golf Course on the left hand side, a kilometre or two further.
  • Type: Parkland
    Holes: 27
    Par: 72
    Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, drive carts, caddies
    Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting and chipping greens
    The Club has a shop, a bar and restaurant/halfwaystop.
    For bookings please call the Hermanus Golf Club on
    Tel: 028 312 1954
  • Kleinbaai Golf Course (Gansbaai)
    Tel: 028 384 1441
  • Kleinmond Golf Club
    Tel: 028 271 3525

Horse Riding

Horse riding can be enjoyed at several venues in and around Hermanus.

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Kayaking

Kayaks are the only craft allowed in Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary. Enjoy magnificent views of the cliffs, sea life and the possible opportunity to view whales from their level.

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Markets & Galleries

Art galleries at Hermanus and in the residential areas abound.

  • Hermanus Country Market (09H00 - 13H00 Saturdays)
    Famous market for veggies, cheeses, breads, jams, etc. Great fun to have breakfast there
  • Market Square – Central Hermanus (09h00 – 17h00 Daily)
    Crafts, gemstones, clothing, African art. Some stalls remain open all week.
  • Hermanuspietersfontein Boeremark (farmer’s market)
    Hemel-en-Aarde Village (08h00 – 13h00)
    Cheeses, olives, wine, oils, organic vegetables and more
  • Market at St Peter's Church
  • Onrus Craft Market - The charming Onrus Craft Market runs on the first Saturday morning of each month at the De Wet Hall in Roos Street. With its fun, eclectic mix of old-school stalls and activities it offers a great way to fill up on bargains and catch up with the locals.

Reading

Bottom House has a well stocked book shelf for cold and rainy days. Alternatively please feel free to visit the library in Hermanus.

  • Hermanus Library
    Tel: 028 - 313 8012
    Address: Harmony Avenue, Hermanus

Shark-Cage Diving

For adrenalin junkies you've come to the right place. Just 35 kms from Hermanus lies Kleinbaai Harbour where all white shark diving tours are operated.  To book in advance for an adrenalin and funfilled day follow the link below:

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Shopping

Hermanus offers an enormous variety of shopping 7 days a week.  Health stores, speciality shops, boutique shops, country and food markets. 

Swimming

The ocean is 400 metres away down 9th Ave. A further 200 meters to the main beaches, to the left is Grotto Beach (Blue flag status) and to the right is Voëlklip Beach, with lifesavers at both during peak season, Further on from Voelklip is Kammabaai and Langbaai.

Dressing kiosks, showers all year round at Grotto and Voëlklip. Coffee shops serve breakfast etc. at Grotto, and above Voëlklip on c/o 7th Ave and 10th Street

Walking/Hiking

The famous Cliff Path, Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Contour Path and Grotto Beach are respectively 400 m, 2.5 km, 500 m and 1 km away from Bottom House.

Whale Watching

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Wine & Wine Tasting

Wine Tours

For bookings

Wine Tasting

Hermanus and surrounds are well know for wines of top quality. Amongst others, wine tasting can be done at the following venues.

Ashbourne
Owned by Anthony Hamilton Russel
Winemaker: Hannes Storm
Ataraxia
Ataraxia was founded in 2004. Husband and wife team, Kevin and Hanli Grant, in partnership with a few friends, purchased 50 hectares of prime vineyard land. The landscape in which Ataraxia is situated, called The Skyfields is unique, lying as it does on the most elevated section of the Hemel-en-Aarde area. Nestled on this commanding rise beneath the soaring BabylonsToren mountain range, the vineyards are planted on some of the most spectacular terroirs South Africa has to offer. It is a place where wines of incredible finesse, balance and depth are crafted, that proudly hold their own in the international arena.
Bouchard Finlayson
Bouchard Finlayson is renowned as one of South Africa's top wineries and this can be attributed to their philosophy and focus to produce wines of the finest quality.
Creation
Creating wines of distinction.
Domain Des Dieux
This boutique wine farm produces small volumes of superior award-winning wines.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Hamilton Russell Vineyards, one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea - is located in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in the New World.
Hermanuspietersfontein
Our cellar and wine brand is proud to pay homage to and re-live the origin of our village, Hermanuspietersfontein, as it was first named in 1855.
Our passion and commitment is to produce wines of the highest quality and to add value to the reputation, which Hermanus enjoys as a premium wine-producing region.
Jakob's Vineyards
Jakobs Vineyards is a small family owned vineyard and wine making concern located in the Hemel & Aarde Ridge Ward, close to Hermanus.
In total Jakobs Vineyards has two hectares under vine - half of which are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon vines and the other half to Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines. These small quantities allow this boutique operation to focus on the production of quality wine which expresses its unique cool area terroir.
Mount Babylon

Established in 2001 by Johan Holtzhausen, Mount Babylon is a family-owned wine business situated amid unique fynbos and bird life in the foothills of the Babylon’s Toring Mountain Range that overlooks the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Johan’s brother Mauritz joined in the business in 2007, and today Yolanda, Ewan and Leila Holtzhausen complete the team.

Having planted its first virus-free vines in 2001, Mount Babylon was the first wine farm in the cool Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Ward to venture into grape-growing. This pioneering estate was also the first in this wine Ward to deliver a 4-star Platter for a red blend, namely its maiden vintage, SMV. This is Mount Babylon’s flagship wine, a unique blend for South Africa consisting of Shiraz, Malbec and Viognier. The 2007 contrarian Cap Classique is another popular Mount Babylon innovation made from Shiraz grapes, rather than Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mount Babylon falls under the appellation of Walker Bay.

Newton Johnson
Newton Johnson Vineyards is owned and managed by the Newton Johnson family. Their Chardonnays deserve mention. 
Southern Right Wines
Southern Right is a small Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc specialist located on a strikingly beautiful 448 hectare property in the cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right Whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, 3 kilometres from the vineyards.
Spookfontein
"Here at Spookfontein we handle the entire process of wine making ourselves. We grow our own grapes, following organic farming methods. We make the wine on site in our cellar using natural wine making principals, love, passion and time. Creating a boutique, single vineyard Merlot and Cabernet Franc a Cabernet Sauvignon and a blend: The Phantom."
Sumaridge
Sumaridge is a family-owned wine estate situated in the beautiful upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, near Hermanus.
Our mountain vineyards offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, responsible for the cool maritime climate which helps create wonderfully balanced wines that age extraordinarily well.
Whalehaven Wines
Whalehaven is a boutique winery situated in Hermanus that creates a delightful array of wines that intrigue and tantalise the palate. The wines are hand-crafted to celebrate each harvest and to reflect the particular nuances of each varietal. The wines are made for the most part from grapes from the Bottega Family farm, Da Capo Vineyards in Stellenbosch but are vinified and bottled at the Whalehaven winery.