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  • Incredible setting offers plentiful ocean and mountain views that define the region
  • Luxurious, modern rooms all offer sea views
  • A fantastic base for a whale watching holiday

Ocean Eleven Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Hermanus


-34.4237, 19.2342


Ocean Eleven was recently voted by the London Times as one of the Top 20 views in the world (with a room), thanks to its outstanding location on the cliffs of Walker Bay and the chance to watch whales from the comfort of luxurious rooms. The grand main house was built with the high ceilings, tall windows and teak floors that are characteristic of colonial architecture, and all these features have been retained to this day. All-embracing sea views are consistent across Ocean Eleven’s 8 luxury rooms, 2 suites and the apartment, and standard luxuries include 100% percale linen, satellite TV, wireless internet and heated towel rails. 

The range of Deluxe and Standard Rooms are located on both the ground floor and first level and open onto or overlook the garden and swimming pool. One of the Deluxe Rooms has a private balcony from where beautiful views of the bay can be enjoyed.

The loft-styled, open-plan Suites in the roof of the house are more spacious and both contain King-size beds facing the sea, along with a lounge area and large balcony. A sleeper couch in one of the suites can be used to accommodate a third person, while the Honeymoon Suite has the romantic bonus of a bath and shower overlooking the ocean.

Sea views in the large ground-floor Apartment can be enjoyed from the open-plan living area, which opens though French doors onto a patio and private garden. Sleeping up to 4 people, the apartment is great for families or long stays.

Guests can take a stroll along the clifftop path, relax on the pool deck or walk to the charming village centre, or ask the friendly staff at Ocean Eleven for information on the many surrounding attractions.

Rates & Summary

3 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin ¾ beds
2 rooms with en-suite shower
1 room with en-suite bath and shower
Sea views

5 Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin ¾ beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private balcony
Pool, garden and sea views

2 Loft-style Suites

Honeymoon Suite sleeps 2 in King bed
1 suite includes sleeper couch 
En-suite bath and shower
Private balconies with sea views

Apartment - max 4

Main King bedroom with en-suite shower
Twin second bedroom, full bathroom 
Open-plan living area
Patio and private garden
Sea views from living area

Air conditioning in some rooms


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Full breakfast included


Children older than 12 years are welcome

Why Stay Here?

Ocean Eleven is an olde worlde, colonial style guesthouse. It combines 5 Star luxury and outstanding service with a spectacular location, in an area packed with attractions. The graceful Ocean Eleven is situated on the cliffs of Hermanus overlooking the prime whale-watching territory of Walker Bay, with picturesque mountains for a backdrop.


  • Incredible setting offers plentiful ocean and mountain views that define the region
  • Luxurious, modern rooms all offer sea views
  • A fantastic base for a whale watching holiday

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, beach gear, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for birding and whale watching.

Road Conditions

The roads in Hermanus are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool 
  • Clifftop walk
  • Whale watching
  • Bird watching
  • Nearby attractions include sea kayaking, quad biking, paragliding, golf courses, Blue Flag beaches and shopping in Hermanus


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Uncovered verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom 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
  • Fridge or minibar


  • 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
  • On street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security





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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