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Humpback Whales in our Bay!

Humpback Whales sighted in Walker Bay

What a weekend for whale sightings, the usual Southern Right Whales were joined by a few Humpback Whales too – always a pleasure to see them here in Walker Bay!

Humpback Whales in Walker Bay

Sightings of Humpback Whales in Walker Bay October 2012

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Whale Festival in Hermanus

Hermanus Whale Festival

Celebrating the arrival of Spring and the Southern Right Whales to Walker Bay, Hermanus – running from 28th Sept to 1st Oct.   ECO exhibitions, live music, markets, food, entertainment and various activities – Hermanus is known

Whale Tail, Southern Right - Hermanus

Southern Right Whales - Hermanus Whale Festival 2012

as The Best Land Based Whale Watching in the World – so it won’t cost you an arm & a leg… if you’re travelling on a tight budget, stay at Hermanus Backpackers and view whales for free from the shore!

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4×4 Off-Roading Driving in South Africa

Off-Road driving, day trip from Hermanus Backpackers

Driving on the beach at De Plaat, near Hermanus

Driving on the beach, near Hermanus, South Africa
Check the tides for beach driving if you don’t want to get wet feet!

Off-Road Driving Near Hermanus

If you’ve hired or purchased a 4×4 vehicle for your travels in South Africa, there are some amazing places to explore.  Just 45 minutes from Hermanus Backpackers is De Plaat nature reserve near Gansbaai – The Great White Shark cage diving capital of the world.  The driving is easy enough for complete beginners and those with more experience can alter their course to suit themselves.  It’s an amazing day trip from Hermanus, pack a picnic and for only R40 per person you can drive through some of the most stunning scenery the Western Cape has to offer.  During the whale season, July to Dec, you’ll most likely see Southern Right Whales easily from the shore.

Off-Road Driving near Hermanus

Land Rover, Land Cruiser & Jeep Wrangler, we can go ANYWHERE!


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Albino Southern Right Whale Calf & Mummy in Walker Bay

Whale Watching in Hermanus – Albino Calf

Sighted in Hermanus all this week (Aug 2012), this cute Albino Southern Right Whale calf and his mummy!  Walker Bay is famous as a nursery for Southern Right Whales and albino calves are not as rare as you might think.  Hermanus, the town sitting on the cliffs in the middle of Walker Bay, is famous for being the best land based whale watching in the world.

Albino Calf, Southern Right Whales

Mother & Albino Southern Right Whale Calf, Walker Bay Aug 12

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Hermanus Old Harbour, Historic & Beautiful

Cliff path walks of Hermanus

Whale watching on the cliff pathes of Hermanus

Hermanus Old Harbour

Just 15 minutes stroll from Hermanus Backpackers is the historic Old Harbour of Hermanus.  Situated in the centre of town, it’s obviously an old whaling harbour, although there’ll be none of that these days!  The Southern Right Whales which frequent Walker Bay (Hermanus) are protected by law from any interference.  There was whaling here from the 1920′s to early 1950′s, I think they only stopped as they’d run out of whales, it took another 30 years before the whale population was back to where it’s supposed to be!  During peak whale season, around September/October, you might have as many as 180 Southern Right Whales in Walker Bay and surrounding area.  This is one of their most favoured breeding and nursery areas.  We often see new born calves swimming next to and breaching with their mums.

Whale Watching Points – Best Land Based Whale Watching in the World

Within a couple of minutes walk of Hermanus Backpackers you’ll be on the scenic cliff path, which runs the length of the town.  From anywhere along the path you can stroll, relax and whale watch from July right through until early December.  Although there are days when the whales won’t be sighted, more often than not you can see them clearly from the shore.  Most of the town of Hermanus is elevated, sitting on cliffs, so whale sightings from these scenic walks are common.  Don’t be surprised if you see dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks and sea birds too, this area has prolific sea and bird life.

Old Harbour, Hermanus

Views from Hermanus Old Harbour

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Self Catering Accommodation in Hermanus

Affordable, decent, self catering accommodation in HermanusSnuggle up on a winters night!

You can store your own groceries and use all the kitchen facilities, fridge and braai area.

Meet new friends in the communal kitchen!

Affordable double room in The Cottage, Hermanus Budget Accommodation

Room 2, always a favourite -

The Cottage

Family Room Ensuite, affordable family accommodation in Hermanus

Budget Accommodation in Hermanus

If you’re looking for decent, affordable accommodation in Hermanus – check out  Run by the lovely peeps at Hermanus Backpackers but located on another street – The Cottage and LIttle Cottage are perfect.  Ideal for families, small groups and couples who don’t necessarily fancy the backpacker thing, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg either.   You’ll have access to fully equipped self catering kitchen facilities, braai area, swimming pool, garden, pinic tables, shade, dstv lounge, off-street parking, security gate with code and a night watchman patrolling for ease of mind.  Just a short 10 minute stroll into town, so you want have to keep searching for parking either!

Cheap Self Catering Family Accommodation in Hermanus

So you’ve got a couple of kids and money is tight… but you still want to get away to Hermanus.  Have a look at the stunning family rooms ensuite at The Cottage; Queen sized bed, bunkbeds and private ensuite bathroom.  You can cook for yourself and enjoy the braai in the garden and not have to spend a months salary for a lovely weekend away in Hermanus.

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Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa

Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa

This is the BEST time of the year for Great White Shark cage diving, the water is warmer and the sharks more plentiful.  If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town, Hermanus or Gansbaai to participate in a shark cage diving trip, check out for more information about the trip and what you get for the amazing deal of only R995!

Shark Cage Diving in South Africa

Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa


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Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town

More information on

Shark Cage Diving in South Africa, leaving from Cape Town daily.

Shark Cage Diving in South Africa

This is peak shark sightings season, so if you’ve been thinking about ticking this one off your bucket list, now is a fantastic time for it.  The weather forecast for the coming week is excellent, calm oceans, no swell and clear skies (although that change pretty quickly in these parts!)  If you need more information, just contact us via email or the contact page and we’ll get back to you within 30 minutes.  More details about that trip on

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Surfing in Hermanus?


You don't have to be an experienced surfer for Hermanus waves

Even the small waves are exhilarating!


You can find all types of great surf spots in Hermanus.

Barrel dude!


Great surfing places in Hermanus

Sick waves bru...

There are some great places to surf in Hermanus.

The water might be chilly, but there’s surf spots all around Hermanus. 

Onrus is a popular spot, lovely beach and cafe too.  or Kammabaai on the other side of town, great waves for the beginners.  So bring your wetsuit, you’ll need it here all year round, otherwise you shall be blue in about 20 minutes – but hey, surfers are tough, it you can’t stand a little chilly water, take up bowls!  Come chat to the staff at Hermanus Backpackers, they’ll know where the waves are and have a storage area for your board. 

At the end of the day, exhausted and refreshed, come back to the backpackers and chill with us around the fire pit or in the bar – cool vibes and plan your next days adventure.  It’s not uncommon to share your waves with the occasional dolphin, seal or whale…. and we hardly ever see any sharks, which is a bonus!





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Motorcycling through Africa?!

Dirts road in Africa!

This is a considered a good road.Nothing about motorcycling through Africa is easy...

At this point, I think the boys were wondering WHY they had taken on this mission!

Smile for the camera!

Taking your motorbike from Europe to South Africa?  How difficult could it be, what could possibly go wrong?! Well, when your mission is complete and you’ve finally made it through all the mud, water, non-existant bridges, dubious officials at boarder crossings, hideous bugs, tropical storms,

Tenere XT600 Yamaha, Cape Town to London 1994

Mud, lots and lots of mud!

endless wrong turns, short cuts that take days longer than the orginal route… make your way to Hermanus Backpackers.  We will welcome you with open arms, because the Boss did it the other way around, Cape Town to London!

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