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.