The scenic town of Hermanus with its unsurpassed whale watching, unspoiled coastline, magnificent mountains and lush flora has become a favourite amongst many visitors. Kennedy's Beach Villa offers complete comfort in luxury self catering and bed & breakfast Hermanus accommodation and form the perfect base from where guests can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Hermanus and Cape Whale Coast..
A visit to South Africa is not complete unless you have explored the coastal town of Hermanus, best known for its extraordinary whale watching opportunities in season starting in June until November. The Southern Right Whales migrate from the Antarctic around June to calve and mate in the waters of Walker Bay with the whale season peaking during the months of September and October. Kennedy's Beach Villa in Onrus River, just outside Hermanus offers a fantastic base from where you can explore Hermanus and its many tourist attractions, away from the crowds, promising luxury in a peaceful location.
If adventure is your game, sea kayaking in Walker Bay Hermanus should definitely be on your list of things to do. You will paddle from the historical Old Harbour and explore this amazing coastline and view its abundant marine life up close with an experienced and knowledgeable guide by your side.
A definite 'bucket-list' activity for the adventure seekers is shark cage diving in Gansbaai. It is a privilege to be able to view these magnificent apex predators of the ocean at such close range and a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. No prior diving experience is required and all diving equipment as well as lunch and beverages are supplied on the boat.
Boat-based whale watching is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hermanus during the whale season which is from June until November each year. Whale watching trips launch from the New Harbour in Hermanus and generally takes about 2 hours. A variety of tour operators offer whale watching trips and pre-booking is recommended in season. Bay Cruises and Sundowner cruises are also available.
Quad biking in Hermanus is a great way to enjoy some outdoor family fun, explore the beauty of the countryside and spend some quality time together. Trips take place in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, just a short drive from Kennedy's Beach Villa in Onrus River.
A true forest adventure awaits you in the heart of the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Treetop sliding is a great activity suitable for all ages and a healthy way to enjoy the great outdoors. You will glide through the forest from platform to platform along a steel cable with an experienced guide available to assist you and to ensure your safety at all times.
Another great activity for the young and old, perfect to liven up your holiday; It will awaken long lost childhood memories of playing "cowboys & crooks" , only this time you get to use brightly coloured paint balls to shoot with while running through the forest, explore tree houses, camps and bridges situated deep in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
The scenic Hemel-en-Aarde valley is world renowned for its state of the art wine estates and award winning wines with over 70 wine estates to choose from in and around Hermanus. For guests who wish to sit back and relax, we can arrange a private tour guide who will take you on a day trip through one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa.
A selection of pristine beaches with soft white sand and perfect waves awaits you in Hermanus. If you are looking for a great surfing spot, look no further. Voelklip and Onrus River Beaches are well known among surfers and truly is a surfers' paradise! Kennedy's Beach Villa is within walking distance of Onrus River beach.
Explore the Overberg region on horse-back. The Hermanus area offers fantastic horse riding opportunities including beach rides and outrides in the country where you can enjoy spectacular views, explore fynbos covered trails or gallop along the waters' edge. Horse riding provides a romantic outing for honeymooners while staying at Kennedy's Beach Villa.
For visitors who are interested in experiencing the cultural side of Hermanus, a township tour is the perfect place to start. Zwelihle is a township situated between Hermanus and Sandbaai and a township tour offers you the opportunity to meet friendly locals, taste the local cuisine and get a deeper understanding of the lives of the people in Zwelihle.
Hermanus is famous for its panoramic views, pristine beaches, fynbos covered nature reserves and historic sites such as Hoys Koppie and the Old Harbour. A guided walking tour through Hermanus offers visitors the perfect opportunity to experience this charming little coastal town on foot, situated just a few minutes' drive from Kennedy's Beach Villa in Onrus River.
Hermanus is a well-known location amongst paragliders. For the adrenalin junkies, paragliding with its magical beauty offers the perfect escape. During the whale season you might even catch a glimpse of a whale in the bay below.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve is one of South Africa's most impressive nature reserves; nowhere else on earth can so many different types of fynbos species be found growing in such close proximity. In Fernkloof 1474 species have been collected and identified. Keen hikers can enjoy a variety of hiking trails as well as breathtaking sea and mountain views while strolling through this beautiful nature reserve. "Die Damme", just outside Hermanus, forms part of the Walkerbay Nature Reserve and is a popular location for outdoor enthusiasts.
Creation Wines provides the perfect escape for wine lovers. Apart from offering world-renowned wines of distinction, visitors can also enjoy a unique food and wine pairing. It's a feast of delectable canapes combined with the finest wine or you can choose an irresistible wine and chocolate pairing in the heart of the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde wine valley, just a few minutes from Kennedy's Beach Villa in Onrus River.
Hermanus has a selection of traditional country markets operating every Saturday morning from around 8am until 1pm. Visitors have a choice between the Hermanus Country Market situated at the Hermanus Cricket Club providing fresh farm produce, arts & crafts, home-made delicacies as well as live music. Other popular markets include the Hermanus Pietersfontein Farmers Market at the Hermanus Pietersfontein Wine Estate, the Lemm's Corner market in the centre of town and the Country Garden Market at the entrance of the Hemel-en-Aarde Village. Towns around Hermanus such as Stanford and Kleinmond also offer Saturday morning country markets and during school holidays you can visit the Wednesday night moonlight market at the Hermanus Cricket grounds.
The beaches in Hermanus are a sunworshipper's dream with soft white sands edged with rolling surf. The major beaches have life guards during peak seasons.There are five major beaches suitable for swimming, surfing, kayaking or canoeing within 15 minutes of the apartment: Onrus Beach and Lagoon, Grotto Beach, Voelklip Beach and Nanny Beach. It is still advisable never to swim alone in isolated places.
The Overberg / Whale Coast region in South Africa's Western Cape province boasts some of the finest golf courses in the Southern Hemisphere. If you are a golfer visiting this region, we suggest you take a moment to look at what these golf courses have to offer. Within 15 minutes of The Beach Villa you will find three golf courses: Hermanus Golf Club, Arabella Golf Estate and Kleinmond Golf Club.
Great wines are made here! It is a valley of almost indescribable beauty, flanked by the Babilonstoringberge to the north and the Hermanus mountains to the south, with the Onrus River down the middle, and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Hemel-en-Aarde Village at the entrance is a great place to start - with the resourceful Wine Village, some of the region's best restaurants, great art, ceramics, jewellery and much more.
The reserve lies on the northern side of the town with a 60 km network of trails. These provide the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to go out and enjoy some exercise and fresh air. A display of some of the flowers that can be found in the veld is permanently maintained at the Fernkloof Visitors' Centre. The various trails offer magnificent and unequalled views of Walker Bay, the Hemel en Aarde Valley and Maanskynbaai.
Kennedy's Beach Villa is located on the Cape Whale Coast, approximately 110 km from Cape Town International Airport. It is a quiet and peaceful community and home to a number of artists and craftsmen. A variety of local art galleries and craft shops cater to the visitors with an interest in arts and culture.
The special environment is a unique sanctuary to myriads of fascinating creatures, including an impressive array of indigenous birds and plants. Additionally, the renowned Fernkloof Nature Reserve is only a short distance away. Directly opposite Kennedys is a nature reserve, protected by WWF.
In Onrus River Beach, nature lovers can choose from countless activities, including white beach and mountain walks, bird watching, fishing and even white shark cage-diving. Also, the Southern Right Whale, Hermanus' most famous tourist attraction, can be spotted from the deck of the villa at certain times of the year. A visit to the Betty's Bay penguins is a hidden secret - a must.
Onrus River is situated only a short drive from the centre of Hermanus with its many popular tourist attractions such as the historic Old Harbour. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice offering some of the finest wines in South Africa right here on our doorstep in the beautiful Hemel & Aarde Valley.
The Atlantic Ocean provides many other oppurtunities for aquatic sports of all kinds, while the coastal mountain range is a challenging environment for mountain bikers and hikers of all levels.
Hermanus is home to some of South Africa's leading restaurants, so there are plenty of oppurtunities to go out and enjoy a fine meal and taste some of the excellent local wines. Many of the vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and Stellenbosch region host regular wine tasting events. Additionally, local art galleries and craft shops cater to visitors with an interest in arts and culture. We at Kennedy's are affiliated with Lemon Butta & Creation Wines.