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Experiences at Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House is the perfect spot to relax and feel rejuvenated by the ocean with soothing massages, coral-coloured sunsets, fresh seafood, and long strolls on the beach.

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Sunbathing and Surfing

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A glance out of the hotel window immediately reveals that the surf’s always up in Hermanus. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking or a novice, one of our local in-house surfers is on hand to give you some advice or join you in the waves.

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Whale Watching

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Rugged cliffs, wild, sea air, and stirring views characterise the charming town of Hermanus – the world’s best location for land-based whale watching. The migration of whales along the coast is a globally anticipated wildlife spectacle, and we are lucky to have some of the best seats in the house.


See the Big 5 of the Sea

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Explore our ocean and its wildlife in comfort on board a 14-metre catamaran with an expert crew who are passionate and knowledgeable about the sea and its most incredible creatures.

Aerial view of path walk in Hermanus

Walk the Hermanus Cliff Path

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The famous Cliff Path Walk at Hermanus is one of the town’s most beautiful natural features. It meanders for 12 kilometres along the rugged coastline – an invigorating walk offering some quiet time in the presence of the powerful sea.

Aerial view of wine farm

Tour the local Wine Route

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Just behind the historic town of Hermanus is the Hemel en Aarde Valley – an exciting and scenic wine region in South Africa producing fine, restrained, classically styled South African pinot noir and chardonnay.

Mussel Picking

Mussel Picking and Cooking Class

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This is a chance to step back into the primal world of the Strandlopers and forage for mussels growing wild on the rocks in front of the hotel. Go back to basics and see your fresh pickings transformed into a delectable meal.

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Simple Sophisticated Dining

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Delicious, coastal-inspired cuisine is made using fresh seafood and flavourful ingredients from the shoreline, making for an unforgettable, locally inspired dining experience, as fresh as it gets, at Birkenhead House.

Man and woman getting married


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Celebrating special occasions at the sea become memories flecked with salt, sunshine, and a soundtrack of the ocean. This is where long walks on the beach are part of a romantic tale, and sharing a birthday with a loved one is marked by the serene presence of the ocean.

Hiking trail

Hiking Trails and Picnics

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Make the most of Hermanus’ much-loved coastal trails and enjoy the simple pleasure of eating outdoors on a picnic outing, hike or bike your way along a mountain trail, or bring your A-game to one of the beautiful golf courses between the sandy shore and the fynbos mountains.

Hermanus Artwalk

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Feel the creative energy of Hermanus as you explore the untapped art scene of the bustling sea town most known for its whale watching and beaches. There is an event every month that invites you to stroll down an art avenue and discover 22 different galleries.


Sea-inspired Wellness

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Let the healing power of the ocean wash away stress and unwind in style with our range therapies and pampering treatments at the Birkenhead House Spa.


Conservation: Penguins and Birding at the Estuary

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Hermanus’ natural beauty is on the doorstep for guests at Birkenhead House. If you would like to spend dedicated time contributing to the wellbeing of these natural areas, you can participate in conservation-oriented activities that contribute to local wildlife protection.


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