Welcome to On the Cliff Guest House

Accommodation in Hermanus on the sea front in an upmarket luxury guest house, or boutique hotel as our English guests describe us, where all rooms have panoramic sea views ideal for whale watching and are fully en-suite with king-size beds, private balconies or patios and luxury fittings. Rates include bed and breakfast.

Our Guest house in Hermanus provides awesome whale watching opportunities. This unique Hermanus accommodation, where you can watch whales from your bed or private patio, has 4 stars and is a luxury guest house with magnificent sea views. Listen to the sea gently lull you to sleep each evening. Shark cage diving or shark based activities can be arranged and is an easy drive from Hermanus.



Hermanus has wonderful beaches stretching for miles and swimming areas with life guards. We can also arrange whale watching cruises, scuba diving, paragliding, horse riding on the beach, fishing, golf, quad biking, sea kayaking, wine tasting at top wine estates surrounding Hermanus, trips to the penguin colony, 4x4 beach picnics, etc. Walk from our front gate along the cliffs to town or the New Harbour and watch whales jump or swim sometimes so close you feel you can touch them or just sit and enjoy the stunning tranquility and beauty.
Although it is only a short distance you can still have the tuk tuk service pick you up and take you to and from your restaurant in the evening.


  • Pub with cosy fireplace and TV
  • Salt water pool
  • Sauna (not inclusive)
  • Guest lounges with fireplace
  • 1km walk to village centre and restaurants
  • Cliff path in front of house
  • Secure parking at the rear
  • Massage, reflexology and aroma therapy
  • Beauty therapy- facials, pedicures etc
  • Bicycles availalbe at guest house
  • Abalone Capital of South Africa
  • Transport can be arranged to restaurants
  • Guaranteed full sea views from all rooms
  • Wireless Internet

Hermanus Activities

Hermanus Whale Watching
In season we count over 150 whales in our bay. Known as the whale coast.
The Southern right whale visits us from the end of May to the end of November every year. Whales continue to be seen until early January but in far fewer numbers.

Shark Cage Diving
Shark cage diving is done from nearby Kleinbaai and this will get the blood pumping. This will normally cost in the region of about R1000 per day per person and normally lasts 4-6 hours. They will take you again on another trip if no sharks are spotted.

Hermanus Sea Kayaking
Kayaking is possible on the sea or lagoons and if you are lucky the dolphins will swim with you. In season you will almost definitely spot whales.

Hermanus Quad Biking
This tour goes up through the Hamilton Russell vineyards and olive groves, and was just WOW! The views of Hermanus are stunning from Rotary Way. It was an experience I will never forget.

Golf in Hermanus
Golf is extremely popular and there are 4 nearby golf courses offering totally different experiences. Please refer our golf page for information on the Hermanus golf course and Arabella golf course.

Hermanus Bird Watching
Birding is very popular around the area. The blue crane is found in numbers on farms close to Hermanus, Stanford and Caledon. The 2 lagoons support a huge number with my favorites i.e. flamingo's , pelican (sometimes) and fish eagle.

Sandboarding near Hermanus
Sun, lots of sand and wind in your hair are all part of a sand boarding experience. You can tackle the big dunes or the small dunes, for how long is up to you. The sand boarding will stop when you have had enough.

Hermanus Wine Route
Wine estates surround Hermanus and produce very good wine. We only stock local wine and the standard is very high. Most of the estates have tasting rooms and some have restaurants as well.

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Contact Details

42 Westcliff Road
HERMANUS
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 28 3132806
Mobile: 083 486 5253

Email: onthecliff@hermanus.co.za
Web: www.onthecliffs.co.za

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