- The South African: Hermanus, Western Cape named world’s best whale-watching spot
Spring is in the air and Hermanus is starting to wake up from the cold winter – well I say cold, it is around 16 degrees Celsius and feeling quite temperate today.
Spring time not only means better weather, but it also means that Hermanus’ infamous regular visitors, the Southern Rights Whales, are starting their long swim back to Walker Bay and our beautiful sea-side town.
The Robin’s Nest is situated close to Hermanus in the nearby Hemel and Aarde Village, in the foothills of the Onrus Mountains. Our self-catering guest house is an intimate way to stay locally in the region and take advantage of the many activities going on in both Hermanus, the Hemel and Aarde Wine Valley and the Hemel and Aarde Village, which is 100m from the front door.
The top things to do in Hermanus:
If you’re planning on visiting Hermanus and staying with us at the Robin’s Nest guest house, then you may want to take advantage of the following activities:
Whale Watching in Walker Bay
See our famed visitors in their natural environment: The Sea. There are several exceptionally good vantage points from the clifftop paths and walkways in Hermanus, which span approximately 12 kilometres of coastline. The Southern Rights Whales migrate from Antarctica around June and are best viewed in Hermanus from September until November.
If you’re looking to see the Southern Rights Whales from the sea, we can recommend a boat trip with Southern Right Charters. You can ask at the guest house if you would like us to book your perfect trip for you.
Hermanus Whale Festival
The Hermanus Whale Festival returns to our shores between 27 September – 29 September 2019. The Eco-Marine tent is one of the biggest attractions at the festival and focuses on marine life preservation. It is a really good learning experience for children and adults alike.
Of course, the main attractions are those visitors with flippers and fins! Most people come to South Africa to see the Big 5 land mammals, but what is often missed is the other Big 5, the marine ones… Seals, Dolphins, Sharks, Penguins… and the whales.
Alongside the Eco-Marine tent, this year the Hermanus Whale Festival will also include Arts and Crafts stalls, a Street Parade, Kiddies Entertainment, a large variety of Food Stalls, Good Hope FM will be live broadcasting, and a treasure hunt (again for the kiddies!)
I am sure that everyone will have a “Whale of a Time!”
Hemel & Aarde Village
Just across the road from the Robin’s Nest Guest House is the delightful Hemel and Aarde Village. Here you will find a new Craft Ale establishment called Hemel and Aarde Brewery. They serve locally crafted beers, ales and Gin. They also serve some lovely food!
If you’re looking to try the local wines, there are two wine cellars here in the village – Whalehaven and Hermanuspietersfontein. The wines are particularly good… our favourites being the Gorgeous Cabernet Franc from Whalehaven, or ‘Die Skoonma’ from Hermanuspietersfontein Wines.
The all-new Tai Shan!
Did we tell you? There is a NEW restaurant in the Hemel and Aarde Village called Tai Shan. It caters for those who love any food from the Orient, including Thai, Chinese and Japanese sushi. If you’re looking for a tasty treat – head over there for a quick bite or a meal. You really won’t regret it.
Book your stay with Robin’s Nest
Robin’s Nest Guest House is truly at the centre of the Hemel and Aarde Valley, at the foot of the Onrus Mountains and close to the centre of Hermanus. We are ideally located for any sort of holiday.
When you check in, the team at the Robins Nest Guest House are always happy to help you get the most out of your stay with us. We can suggest things to do, places to visit and activities to suit any situation.
The Hemel and Aarde Valley is well known for its high-quality wineries in stunning and picturesque locations. With fantastic vineyards like Creation Wines, Newton Johnson, Ataraxia and Sumaridge a short drive from the Robin’s Nest, you may be interested to learn that something new has been brewing closer to home.
About 30 yards from the Robin’s Nest Guest House is the Hemel and Aarde Village, with the exceedingly well established Hermanuspietersfontein Winery and Whalehaven Wines, a newcomer has recently opened for business, one which has traded those grapes for grains.
The Hemel and Aarde Brewery serves locally crafted beer, serving the Hermanus Lager and the richer Pale Ale straight from the tap. Now everyone knows that when you’re enjoying a few cold ones, you need to also snack. The Hermanus Brewery caters for its patrons extremely well, with an attached restaurant serving delightful food, a great place to stop and while away an afternoon.
If you don’t want to sit inside, or you’re bringing a whole gang, the brewery has an assortment of smaller, more intimate tables inside or long benches outside – so it really does suit a gathering of any size.
And because you’re just around the corner from the Robin’s Nest, you don’t need to drive and can walk back very easily. We recommend visiting this lovely addition to the Hemel and Aarde Village while you’re staying at the Robin’s Nest.
If you would like further information, feel free to ask us when you arrive. You can also Visit Hermanus Brewery through their website.
Good evening from a very beautiful Hermanus. We just recently read some news from one of our favourite magazines thesouthafrican.com…
Apparently Hermanus has now been named the World’s best Whale Watching spot, and while we are not surprised, we are certainly proud to share this fantastic news about our local community.
The article reports that the London Telegraph Newspaper has previously named Cape Town as the world’s best city, and now their roving travel reporter Nick Frost has described why he thinks Hermanus deserves the top spot for watching these magnificent and majestic jewels of the sea.
If you have a spare five minutes, you should certainly read the article, which names 10 of the best places in the world to spot Whales:
The Robin’s Nest Guest House is ideally located if you’re interested in Whale Watching, and there are lots of exceptional spots a short drive away from our front door.
Our team are pleased to be able to book a number of options for our guests, whether you’re looking to see the Whales from the Ocean, or from land. The Whales tend to be in town from as early as June until as late as December.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Robin’s Nest in the very near future,
Leonie & Jan de Beer
Hermanus is reputed throughout the world as a destination for tourists of all sorts, but it is not just humans who regularly visit these beautiful shores of the Western Cape in South Africa.
We are of course referring to our friends from the ocean, dolphins and whales. Perhaps one of the best way to see these majestic sea mammals is from their natural environment, the ocean itself.
Our tourism partners at Walker Bay Adventures have recently reported some simply breathtaking sightings of dolphins just off the coast, from the comfort of their wonderful Sea Kayaks.
If you have a love of outdoor pursuits and fancy taking a Sea Kayak Tour of Hermanus, then ask us about Walker Bay Adventures when you check-in to the Robin’s Nest.
Need a reservation? Check Availability here!
Here at the Robin’s Nest Self Catering Guest House, we are excited see the Hermanus FynArts Festival return from Friday 5th June to Tuesday 15th June 2015. Perhaps one of the most widely anticipated events in this beautifully picturesque area of the Western Cape, South Africa, the Hermanus FynArts Festival boasts ten solid days of South African arts and cultural events.
From fine arts demonstrations and workshops, zto live performances, exhibitions, demonstrations and illustrated talks, there is definitely something for everyone, with events appealing to all ages, including child friendly and family oriented activities.
If you enjoy sculptures, then we recommend that you visit the Sculptures on the Cliffs exhibition, which is open for visitors throughout the entire festival and is located at Gearing’s Point on Marine Drive in Hermanus. View the beautiful sculptures set against the breathtaking Hermanus landscape – surely one of the highlights of this festival.
With lunchtime and evening performances, there is a wide range of music to enjoy, the festival will be showcasing some brilliant local talent, and a few from further afield. From Italian Opera and Classic Cello, there will be something to suit everyone.
For the duration of the Hermanus FynArts Festival, we are running a special offer for our guests. Each room will be available for R550 per night. Enter voucher FYNARTS15 when you make your reservation.
In our picturesque corner of the Western Cape, we are blessed with the beauty and majesty of the Mountains, the Valleys and a number of stunning local beaches. Of these beaches, one particular favourite is the Blue Flag ‘Grotto Beach’, which is reputed throughout the region as one of the best places to relax beside with the Ocean on one side, and the majesty of the Onrus Mountains in the background.
We cannot recommend this beach enough to our customers, the beach is over 18 kilometres long and is the perfect location to enjoy beach games, swimming, bodyboarding, surfing and long leisurely walks with unending scenery. But don’t just take our word for it; here are a selection of photographs that we have taken for you to browse.