Visiting Cape Town?
There are several Road Trips you can do from The Mother City including Cape Point, Stellenbosch, and the West Coast. We did Cape Point and Stellenbosh as day trips. Since we had a few days left in the Cape Town area while we were waiting for our Brazilian Visas to be approved so we decided to do another Road Trip!
When planning our trip to Hermanus, we decided for a 3 day, 2 night mini Road Trip with our good friends Jon Jon (who I couchsurfed with in Santa Monica almost 10 years ago) and Helen (who is from Germany and was visiting South Africa the same time as us). It’s amazing we were able to fit 4 adults and 3 kids into a tiny VW Polo (nicknamed “Lucy” for our trip)!
Here’s our breakdown of what we saw, where we ate, and where we stayed:
A) WHAT WE SAW (SIGHTSEEING)
1) DYER ISLAND CRUISE
We went on a search for the #MarineBig5 with Marine Dynamics which consists of Whales, Sharks, Penguins, Seals, and Dolphins. We ended up seeing 4 out of the 5 (the only one we missed was whales since it was off-season). The highlight was seeing Shark Alley with its’ massive Seal Colony. We were so moved by the Conservation Efforts of Marine Dynamics that we sponsored a Penguin House!
This was my second time shark cage diving. My wife and I did one with White Shark Africa in Mossel Bay. The sharks are much bigger in the Gansbaai area so I decided to go again this time with Jon Jon and Helen with a pioneer in the field Marine Dynamics. We had an awesome trip with lots of sharks that came super close to the cage! I will have to do another Shark Dive with our daughter and son since kids as young as 3 and 4 years old can do a Shark Cage Dive!
3) THE SOUTHERN-MOST TIP OF AFRICA
This was something I wanted to do every since seeing some Facebook Posts and reading the Wikipedia Article about Cape Agulhas. The main things to see are the world-famous lighthouse and the sign saying Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. Check out the cool picture with Ryan on the Indian Ocean side and Rianne on the Atlantic Ocean side!
We made a fun video of our frantic drive from Gansbaai to Cape Agulhas before it got dark:
B) WHAT WE ATE (RESTAURANTS)
1) BIENTANG’S CAVE RESTAURANT
What a view! Bientang’s Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar is one of the only restaurants in the world where you can watch whales while having a meal! You can’t even do it in the Vancouver area which is one of the world’s best whale watching areas! The food was delicious, the ambience was magical, and the views were spectacular. We even got some awesome Drone Footage of the Restaurant so we will add it on here once it has been edited!
2) TAPAS RESTAURANT
Incredible Spanish Tapas in the middle of Africa! The owner of Tapas Hermanus, Rick, has spent a lot of time in Spain so he brought his love of Tapas to Hermanus! We sampled 6-7 different Tapas (including Meatballs, Prawns, Potatoes, Mussels) as well as a delicious Spanish Paella! You will be surprised at how full you get from eating Tapas! If you love Tapas, make sure you visit during our next trip to Hermanus.
Check out our “Inside The Kitchen” Video:
3) FISHERMAN’S COTTAGE
WOW! What a meal! We had a mouth-watering 7 course feast featuring Grilled Sardines with Garlic Batter, Crispy Calamari, Smeared Snoke, Pork Tarine, Lime Fish, and Bone Marrow. They even have Roti and Sharwma for those of you who prefer meat over seafood! This is a perfect place to unwind after a Whale Watching or Shark Cage Diving trip! They even have the smallest bar in the Western Cape!
Anton is the head chef and owner of Fisherman’s Cottage. Check out our blog interview here (I even asked Anton some tough Daddy Questions):
C) WHERE WE STAYED (ACCOMMODATION)
Hermanus is a beautiful town year-round, not just during the Whale Watching Season. So, we had to stay at Hermanus Backpackers, which was recommended by several people we met on the Baz Bus. We even got our own private chalet at the back of the hostel with our own kitchen and bathroom. The kids loved playing with the hostel dog! If you stay here, you can even get a Shark Dive for only 1,000 Rand (about $100 Canadian)!
What an amazing opportunity to stay at the southern-most hostel in all of Africa! They have a delicious Braai (African BBQ) and even a dog that plays pool! The owners are a lovely couple with twins similar ages to Rianne and Ryan! We stayed in a lovely apartment that fits 8 people just across the road from the main backpackers hostel which is a great option for Big Families, Church Groups, and Business Meetings who want more privacy but still want to be close to the community you find at the hostel
Check out our video tour here: