Category Archive: Travel
Travel to Hermanus in South Africa for an action – packed, adrenalin filled Backpacker or budget accommodation Holiday
But… DAMN WE’RE HOT!!!
Reviewed November 10, 2012
This was the best backpackers we stayed at in South Africa.
We stayed in the satellite house around the corner from the regular backpackers. This house is clearly set aside for quiet couples and families and it was just what we needed. The house has three family rooms and two couples rooms, as well as a cottage in the back garden that also sleeps 4 people and has its own kitchen and bath.
We had a family room with an attached bath. The house facilities are excellent with a sitting room complete with satellite tv and free wifi. The kitchen is large with a table that sits 12. There is sufficient crockery and cooking utensils and all the appliances are in excellent working order.
There is a night watchman that comes by several times during the evening, and he even set up and lit the fireplace in the lounge because it was very cold and windy during our visit.
Kitchen staff comes by in the morning to make pap (corn porridge) and toast, juice, coffee, tea and milk is provided in the morning. The house was immaculately clean, beautifully decorated, and every member of the staff was smiling, helpful and kind.
Frankly, this backpackers was better than some of the B&Bs that we stayed in. It was a wonderful visit.
Stayed September 2012
WOW!!! So wonderful to know you’re doing things right! And… we’ve taken note of the comments that are not too favorable and making amends on the off season when we have fewer visitors and time to focus on repairs and renovations!
We truly appreciate honest feedback as it ensures that we are able to continuously improve our service quality and standards year on year!
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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!
Sightings of Humpback Whales in Walker Bay October 2012
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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
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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Dolphins in the Whale Reserve
Going sea kayaking in Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary (Hermanus) might mean seeing more than just whales! These dolphins stayed and played with Herman and Riaan for 30 minutes. Hermanus has the best land based whale watching in the world, but the view of sea level can sometimes be more than expected! These kayaking trips depart 3 times daily from Hermanus Old Harbour – you can book the tours at reception at Hermanus Backpackers.
Kayaking in Whale Sanctuary
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Driving on the beach at De Plaat, near Hermanus
- 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.
Land Rover, Land Cruiser & Jeep Wrangler, we can go ANYWHERE!
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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.
Mother & Albino Southern Right Whale Calf, Walker Bay Aug 12
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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.
Views from Hermanus Old Harbour
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Affordable, decent, self catering accommodation in HermanusSnuggle up on a winters night!
Meet new friends in the communal kitchen!
Room 2, always a favourite - www.hermanusbudgetaccommodation.co.za
Family Room Ensuite, affordable family accommodation in Hermanus
Budget Accommodation in Hermanus
If you’re looking for decent, affordable accommodation in Hermanus – check out www.hermanusbudgetaccommodation.co.za 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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The Bosses speciality lamb stew
Toasted sandwiches available all day, chips too if you're hungry.
New dining experience @ Hermanus Backpackers
We know everyone loved our bbq’s over the years, but we now have so much more to offer. The new cafe has opened at Hermanus Backpackers. No more scheppling off to town to find some good value grub, you can
Rump Steak on the Braai @ Hermanus Backpackers
stay right here with us and enjoy great food, an awesome vibe, a cold beer, a glass of wine and cool tunes. When you come back from your shark cage diving adventure, quad biking, sea kayaking, hiking or whale watching,
200grm Pure Beef Burgers
exhausted and hungry, simply slump at the counter and we’ll fill you up – and it won’t cost you and arm and leg either!
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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 www.greatwhitesharkdiving.co.za for more information about the trip and what you get for the amazing deal of only R995!
Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa
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