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Sandbaai, Cape Overberg

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Sandbaai is one of the newer suburbs in the Greater Hermanus area.

It lies literally in a little sandy bay, hence its name, just past the L'Agulhas lighthouse. The village is only a stone’s throw away from Hermanus and to the east of Onrus, little over an hour’s drive from Cape Town at the entrance to the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley, the wonderful Hermanus Wine Wander, which places it in a most advantageous position.

The main draw card to staying here is the rustic feel of the village - it still maintains gravel roads and there is a positively eclectic mix of houses that range from holiday homes to more permanent residences in the main for families with young children.

The beach is the other draw card. It comes dotted with rock pools, exciting little coves and popular snorkeling spots. There are also change rooms and showers and safe swimming at low tide.

Just behind Sandbaai, the Hemel-en-Aarde village has a large variety of shops, farm stalls, galleries, studios, jewelers and restaurants, and the wine route is a popular way to spend most of a day, if not more than. But it is Sandbaai’s position sandwiched between the sea and the slopes of the Onrust Mountains, between Onrus River and Hermanus that places it in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

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Arabella Golf Course

The 6381 metre course’s design is the masterpiece of acclaimed South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich, who was commissioned in 1999 and he has most certainly not disappointed. The 18th hole has become something of a legend amongst the South African golfing fraternity ... more information

Hermanus Beaches

Being the whale watching capital of the Southern Hemisphere the seaside town of Hermanus is undoubtedly most famous for its whales. There are, however, numerous other excellent reasons to visit this small, picturesque town. The area in and outside of Hermanus is dotted with excellent beaches ... more information

Hermanus Whale Crier

Hermanus on the Cape Whale Coast has its very own whale crier, and, what’s more, Hermanus lays claim to the only whale crier in the world. The popular town of Hermanus, connected directly to the Mother City by the R43 and N2, is famous for whale watching, and the whale festival ... more information

Hermanus Whale Festival

The Hermanus Whale Festival, the only Enviro-Arts festival in South Africa, is held annually to celebrate the return of the Southern Right whales to the waters of Walker Bay, our magnificent environment and the arrival of Spring! Hermanus, known as the best land based ... more information

Shark Cage Diving

Shark cage diving in South Africa has grown greatly in popularity and there are now a number of commercialized locations to view these incredible monsters of the deep. Your adrenaline is sure to pump as you come almost face to face with the sea’s most awesome predators. Shark cage diving is ... more information

Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Extending along a stretch of coast between the town of De Kelders and the Hermanus Lagoon, the Walker Bay Nature Reserve lies just 3 kilometres from Gansbaai, east of Hermanus on the Danger Point Peninsula. One can get into the reserve at Stanford, via Mierkom, De Kelders (Die Plaat) and Uilkraalsmond but appeals ... more information

Walker Bay Wine Estates

The Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley is one of the most productive regions in terms of the production of wines. It has the ideal climate, as the icy wind from the Atlantic Ocean cools it down. In addition, the mountains, which surround the valley, lock in clouds and the resultant ... more information

Walker Bay Wine Route

Walker Bay, a 45 minute drive from Cape Town, has become a fashionable region to visit, particularly with the establishment of over a dozen wineries in and around Hermanus, already popular for its whale spotting between June and November. The Hemel-en-Aarde (heaven and earth) Valley, just ... more information

Whale Watching in Walker Bay

Walker Bay – heart of the whale coast. The waters between Hermanus and Pearly Beach attract hundreds of whales annually to the shallow waters of this coastline, also known as the whale coast. Daily sightings of these giant beasts of the sea, certainly in August and September, are ... more information

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Walker Bay Sea Kayaking

Where: Hermanus
How much (per person): Price on request

The coastline of the Western Cape is not only beautiful, but also an adventurer’s hotspot as it is home to a number of exciting watersports ... more information

La Vierge

Where: Hermanus
How much (per person): Price on request

La Vierge is an upmarket Champagne winery, situated on the rolling slopes of the verdant Hemel & Aarde valley. Poised gracefully on a hill, ... more information

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Restaurants in Sandbaai

The Burgundy

Where: Hermanus

With its beachfront location and impressive ‘nude food’ approach to dining, we highly recommend The Burgundy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Burgundy doesn’t rely on its location to do all the wor ... more information

The Harbour Rock

Where: Hermanus

Known as ‘The Rock’ by locals, The Harbour Rock is set on a cliff, overlooking the Hermanus harbour, making it one of the most beautifully positioned restaurants in the Western Cape. Boasting 280 degr ... more information

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