Diving with Great White Sharks is an exhilarating and fascinating experience. The team at Birkenhead House will gladly arrange a shark cage diving expedition for you in nearby Gansbaai. We use a company called Marine Dynamics whose primary focus is on marine conservation and research ensuring that your shark cage diving experience will be undertaken responsibly and with minimum impact on the environment.
The Hemel-en-Aarde is one of South Africa's premier, cool-climate wine producing regions and is home to some of the country's finest and oldest estates. It’s no coincidence that the Afrikaans name Hemel-en-Aarde translates directly to Heaven-and-Earth.
Birkenhead House is located between two of Hermanus's best swimming beaches - Voelklip and Nanny's Beach. The mile long Grotto Beach is just a short drive or walk away. Ask a member of our staff to suggest the perfect beach for you!
Sea kayaking is a wonderful outdoor pursuit for the more adventurous. It will get you up close to some of Hermanus's fascinating sea life and it's also great exercise.
Hermanus is a wonderful golfing destination. Hermanus Golf Club in the centre of town and Arabella golf club is just a short distance away and voted amongst the Top 5 golf courses in South Africa.
Cycling and Hiking
Hermanus is surrounded by natural wonder. There are two incredible nature reserves in close proximity - Fernkloof Nature Reserve and Walker Bay Nature Reserve.
Whether you're a first time rider or an experienced pro, Hermanus is the ideal destination to explore on horse back while savouring the champagne air.
Embark on a one or two hour fishing expedition around Gansbaai, Bettie’s Bay or if the weather permits, on long beach also known as “Die Plaat” which is a semi-private beach, that forms part of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve.
For those who have an extended itinerary in Hermanus, Birkenhead House can gladly organise day tours which encompass a wide range of experiences, from encounters with Africa's big cats to deep sea fishing tours - there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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