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Pure White Sandy Beaches

Breathe in the clear, pure “champagne air” of Hermanus, explore the “heaven on earth” valley, and take the plunge from pristine beaches that are perfect for swimming and surfing, as well as sunbathing.
Two of the finest Hermanus beaches can be found below Birkenhead House. Voëlklip, (‘bird rock’ in Afrikaans) and Kamma Bay. The team at Birkenhead House will pack a picnic basket for you complete with beach bats and balls for a relaxed day on the sands – or grab one of our surfboards and wet suits before paddling out.
Grotto Beach is an easy ten-minute stroll along the world-renowned Hermanus cliff path that runs past the hotel and has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Status, reflecting its high standard of cleanliness, environmental protection and the fact that it has full-time lifeguards and security.

Hike Fynbos Fernkloof

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Whale Watching – view the gentle giants of the ocean from land, at sea or in the air. Get up close and personal with the Southern Right, Brydes and Humpback whales during a boat trip with Dyer Island Cruises.

Hemel-en-Aarde – spend the day wine tasting in South Africa’s premier, cool-climate wine producing region – home to some of the country’s finest and oldest estates.

Sea Kayaking – witness some of Hermanus’s fascinating sea life swim beneath you while enjoying some exercise.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve – scenic hiking paths provide an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and ocean views among the Cape’s diverse and unique fynbos.

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