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  • Magnificent clifftop location offers panoramic sea views
  • Watch the whales from your bed or the patio
  • Luxurious rooms make a great base for exploring the numerous attractions of the region

On the Cliff Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Hermanus


-34.4259, 19.2308


On the Cliff is a villa-style guest house which offers luxurious rooms, comprehensive facilities, full sea views from all rooms, and some fantastic whale watching. Guests can walk out of the front gate along the cliffs to town or to the New Harbour where the whales which visit the bay at the end of the year can be watched at extremely close quarters. 

The sea-facing rooms, located on both the ground floor and the first floor, are very spacious and beautifully decorated, with private balconies overlooking the bay. Better described as a presidential suite, the Penthouse is 100 square metres in size and has a balcony which runs runs in front of the bedroom, private lounge and bathroom, all facing directly onto the sea with magnificent views. Oozing refined luxury, this suite is a honeymoon delight.

Facilities at the guest house are geared towards giving visitors an extremely comfortable home-away-from-home, and include a heated saltwater pool, a sauna, guest lounges with fireplaces, a pub with a cosy fireplace and TV, and free Wi-Fi available throughout. Guests can also indulge in a wide range of beauty treatments.

On the Cliff is located a short walk from the village centre with its quaint shops and restaurants, and guests can make use of the provided bicycles to travel around the town. A tuk tuk service is available to transport you to and from restaurants, and the guest house can arrange whale watching cruises, scuba diving, paragliding, horse riding on the beach, fishing, golf, quadbiking, trips to the penguin colony and much more.

Rates & Summary

4 Sea Facing Rooms

Ground floor
King / twin bedroom

En-suite: 3 bath & shower, 1 shower
Private patio and sea views

3 Sea Facing Deluxe Rooms

First floor
Extra-length King 

En-suite bath and shower
Balcony and sea views

Penthouse Suite

First floor with extra-length King
En-suite bath and shower
Dressing room and spacious lounge
Large balcony with sea views


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Full breakfast included


All children are welcome. Maximum of 1 child sharing.

Why Stay Here?

Boasting a stunning clifftop location, On the Cliff impresses with panoramic views of Walker Bay as well as first-class service. Each well-appointed room at On the Cliff in Hermanus has magnificent sea views. In season, you can even watch the whales from your bed or private patioGo for a walk along the cliff, enjoy the beaches, or head out on a bicycle to visit the quaint seaside town.


  • Magnificent clifftop location offers panoramic sea views
  • Watch the whales from your bed or the patio
  • Luxurious rooms make a great base for exploring the numerous attractions of the region


The Penthouse is very private.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, beach gear, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for birding, whale watching, and spotting the seals which often frolic in the bay.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Whale watching in season
  • Heated saltwater pool
  • Sauna
  • Beauty treatments
  • Bicycles available
  • Cliff path seafront walk 
  • Penguin Colony
  • Beach activities
  • Golf course
  • Wine route


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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