Below are just a few examples of the many short trips from Hermanus that you might like to consider. Some of these take only a few hours, others might take the whole day:

Shark-cage diving: departing from Gansbaai (whale-watching boats leave from here too)

Cape Agulhus: Southern-most tip of Africa with its lighthouse, and where quad-biking can also be done

Stanford: A nearby village with interesting little shops

Platanna Bird Watching Boat: on the Klein Rivier in Stanford

De Kelders: Klipgat Cave World Heritage Site and lovely beach

Gansbaai: Boat-based whale-watching

Bredasdorp: Another small town with the Kapula Candle Factory and Pottery

Arabella: Golf Estate and Western Cape Spa

Klein Rivier Cheese Factory and the Birkehead Brewery

Greyton: most beautiful village in SA and Genadendal: first Moravian Mission Station in SA

Cultural walking tour of Zwelihle

Canoeing on the lagoon

Long beach walks / sunbathing / surfing

Horse riding on the beach or in the fynbos

Quad biking over wine farms and in the fynbos

Adventure activities including paragliding, helicopter rides etc.

Dining: ★ fantastic breakfasts ★ take-away meals with a view! ★ do-it-yourself South African Braai’s (weather permitting).

From your balcony or patio enjoy: ★ drinks while the sun sets over the bay ★ whale-watching in the distance (July-November) ★ bird-watching.

Contact Jéan and Mary Faure at:

Tel: +27 (0)28 314 0571, Fax: +27 (0)28 314 0587, Email:

Physical Address: Top of 10th Avenue (44), Voëlklip, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa

Website Designer:

We are happy to make any reservations for you - please ask if you would like any further information.

Land-based whale watching - or from a boat or sea kayak

Excellent local Hermanus Wine Route in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Golf at the  beautiful Hermanus or Arabella Golf Courses

Walks along the stunning Cliff Path or in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve where an eco-guide can introduce you to rich variety of plant and birdlife.

Top Ten Activities At FrancolinHof

Top Ten Activities In Hermanus

Top Ten Short Trips from Hermanus

In our garden: ★ relax on the loungers and enjoy the view ★ enjoy a wide variety of lovely books.

From our garden: ★ walk on one of the trails at all levels of fitness ★ walk down to Grotto Beach or along the magnificent Cliff Path.

Hermanus is home to one of the worlds' six floral kingdoms. While it is not the largest in size, it has amongst the greatest variety of indigenous flora - and together with this comes an equally rich bird life. FrancolinHof borders the Fernkloof Nature Reserve which is situated in this floral kingdom.

To help you to plan your time while you visit, below is just a taste of what FrancolinHof, Hermanus, the Cape Whale Coast and the Overberg have to offer.

See the Photos page for more information on some of these attractions.

In addtion to the above, Hermanus has many interesting shops and weekly markets which sell local produce and speciality products while other markets sell local arts and crafts. The many restaurants in Hermanus cater for a variety of tastes and budgets.