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Sunbathing and Surfing

At Birkenhead House

The natural beauty of Hermanus has a combination of wild coastlines and calm corridors for migrating whales, beaches that are made for summer basking, and waves that surfers can’t resist. You’ll find the seaside therapy you’re looking for whether that be on board a sea kayak, a surfboard, or a beach towel.


Surf spots for sunny days

There are two popular surf and swim beaches below the hotel and we have all the equipment you might need to kit out for a day on the water. Join our General Manager, Shane Brummer, for a surfing lesson and enjoy the invigorating sensation of going with the flow on the waves.

Voëlklip Beach, just below Birkenhead House is sheltered and loved by beach goers and surfers alike. Kammabaai Beach runs below a section of the Cliff Path and is ideal for families with exploratory little rock pools and plenty of white sand.


Sea kayaking adventures

In the company of an experienced marine guide and fuelled by a sense of adventure, take to the sea of Walker Bay on a kayaking excursion that will offer you a whole new perspective on the shore you leave behind and the mountains that rise behind the beach and Birkenhead House.

These guided ocean excursions are full of fun and discovery. As you paddle along the coast, you’ll get a close look at Cape fur seals, cormorants, African penguins, and larger marine mammals like dolphins and whales. This experience is for energetic ocean lovers and is available all year round.

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Let’s run away together to a place that’s picture-perfect