Hostels in Hermanus, South Africa

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Hermanus, South Africa, is the whale-watching capital of South Africa and with good reason. From around July to November, the massive southern right whales (so named because they were the "right" whale to hunt), come to the bays around Hermanus to breed and rear their young for the trip to the Antarctic in the summer. It's also possible to spot Bryde's and humpback whales here, too. Humpback whales are particularly gymnastic, breaching the surface and giving displays of somersaulting.

Boat trips are the staple of this little community and it's very easy to organize a trip out to see the whales, as there are many operators during the season. There is also a hillside trail that you can take that will give you views of these fantastic beasts although from much further away. The bay is also home to dolphins, penguins, and seals. There is a very nice cliff-top walk that is easily undertaken in under an hour through a rich diversity of flora, where you might also catch a sight of whales.

As this is a town dominated by its whale watching, what else would you expect other than a Whale Festival? It's held at the end of September, every year celebrating the annual arrival of the southern right whales.

Hermanus is a compact town and is a popular retirement home for South Africans. It's easily possible to walk the entire length of the town in under half an hour. It's well served by supermarkets and many restaurants specializing in seafood, of course.

Those looking for hostel accommodation will find Hermanus, South Africa hostels of very good quality that are close to all the amenities in town. These Hermanus, South Africa hostels are well used to tourists, and boat trips, snorkeling and other touristic activities are the standard trips that all accommodation will organize for you. One of the more adrenaline fueled activities is the shark cage diving. This is done in nearby Gansbaai and entails being lowered into the water in a cage to have close encounters with great white sharks. Again, this is a standard trip organized by the hostels in Hermanus, South Africa. If that weren't enough, there's also a lovely, sandy beach out at the eastern edge of town called Grotto Beach.

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Hermanus Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Hermanus, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 3
Average dorm price $14
Cheapest Hostel in Hermanus Hermanus Backpackers with $12
Party hostels in Hermanus The Surf House (2 in total)
Most Hermanus hostels are located in Westcliff
Average rating of all hostels 8.6

FAQ about Hermanus Hostels

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The Surf House is the best hostel for partying in Hermanus.

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Other Nearby Cities

Gansbaai (21 Km / 13 mi.)
Grabouw (36 Km / 22 mi.)
Gordon's Bay (44 Km / 28 mi.)
Sir Lowry Pass (45 Km / 28 mi.)
Somerset West (53 Km / 33 mi.)
Franschhoek (57 Km / 36 mi.)
Stellenbosch (64 Km / 40 mi.)

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