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  • Elegant, comfortable accommodation in the heart of the whale capital
  • Set in a large, tranquil garden with a sparkling pool
  • A great base for exploring town and the Overberg

Whale Rock Luxury Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Hermanus


-34.4312, 19.2237


Situated on one of the largest properties in Hermanus, Whale Rock Luxury Lodge is one of the village’s most established guest houses, and has the advantage of being a stone’s throw from the New Harbour and Cliff Path, which respectively connect visitors with the best sea and land-based whale watching in the world.

Offset by lush lawns and shady trees, the attractive thatched lodge offers individually-decorated rooms and suites with an airy luxury feel.

All rooms are appointed with full en-suite bathrooms with underfloor heating and comforts such as hairdryers, fans (in summer), electric blankets (in winter), tea/coffee facilities, minibars and wireless internet. 

Most rooms come with twin beds that can be converted to one King-size bed, fitted with the finest mattresses and percale linen to ensure a restful night’s sleep. 

One of the Deluxe Garden rooms has a deck overlooking a pond filled with colourful koi fish. All of the patios offer lovely views of the garden, while the Sea View Suite - which has two Queen beds - features a romantic balcony with ocean views. More private than the rest, the Executive Suite is particularly spacious, boasting a private lounge, dressing room and a large terrace for outdoor relaxation, and is a great choice for honeymooners.

Families are welcome at Whale Rock, being accommodated in a family suite with two bedrooms. The room opens directly onto the gardens, allowing the kids to run around on the lawn while parents watch from the patio. 

Also opening onto the lawn, each of the garden suites can accommodate parents with a child. During winter, a gas fireplace keeps one of these suites warm and cosy. 

On the other side of a blissful night’s sleep, guests are treated to a hearty continental and cooked breakfast which should provide plenty of energy for the day. 

Laidback guests may well succumb to the temptation of lingering around the lodge, enjoying the gardens and huge swimming pool, while the more energetic can head out to experience the wonders of Hermanus.

Just across the road, New Harbour has several excellent restaurants and is the departure point for whale watching charters from June to December, when these magnificent creatures cruise right alongside the shore. 

A short stroll will also take guests to the Cliff Path, which stretches for some 12 kilometres down the coast and offers exceptional land-based whale watching. The town holds a variety of interesting shops, musuems and historical attractions for visitors to discover, whilst blue flag beaches, world-class golf courses, wine tasting and a variety of fun-filled outdoor activities can be found in the area.

Whale Rock’s management team is gladly willing to help with restaurant bookings and make recommendations on the area’s top attractions, ensuring guests get exactly what they want out of their stay. 

Rates & Summary

Deluxe Room

Sleeps 2 in twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Patio opening onto garden

5 Garden Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Patio or deck with garden views

2 Garden Suites

Each sleeps 2 in twin or twin/King-size beds
1 extra child can be accommodated
En-suite bath and shower
1 room has a fireplace
Patio opening onto garden

Garden Family Suite

Sleeps 2 adults in twin/King-size bed
2 children in second twin bedroom
En-suite bath and shower
Patio opening onto garden

Sea View Suite

Sleeps 3 in 2 Queen-size beds
En-suite bath and shower
Balcony with distant sea views

Executive Suite

Sleeps 2 in twin/King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Terrace with garden views


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Continental and cooked breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.
Babysitting service available.

Why Stay Here?

Set in lush gardens in the Westcliff suburb of Hermanus, the thatched Whale Rock Luxury Lodge offers a variety of tastefully-decorated rooms and suites, a solar-heated swimming pool and warm hospitality, ensuring a pleasant, hassle-free stay for guests of all ages. The lodge is perfectly situated close to the New Harbour and famous Cliff Path, acting as a convenient, comfortable base from which to embark on whale watching outings and experience everything else that Hermanus has to offer.


  • Elegant, comfortable accommodation in the heart of the whale capital
  • Set in a large, tranquil garden with a sparkling pool
  • A great base for exploring town and the Overberg


The Executive Suite offers particular privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the lodge are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: beaches, whale watching, shark-cage diving, kite surfing, river and lagoon cruises, nature reserves, horse riding, hiking, abseiling, paragliding, quad biking,  golf courses, wine route, shopping, museums.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Electric blanket 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
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





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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