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The well-established suburb of Eastcliff in the town of Hermanus, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, is the perfect place from which to enjoy a relaxed seaside holiday. The suburb is a 10 minute walk away from the busy Hermanus plaza with its open air cafés, permanent market and all conveniences. The 12km cliff walk passes through Eastcliff where you can enjoy elevated views of whales, dolphins and seals in the bay below.
Also within walking distance, are the sheltered Voelklip and Blue Flag-appointed Grotto beaches.
The suburb has a gym and convenience store.
Things to do
You can pack your camera and get down to the new harbour for a boat-based whale watching trip into Walker Bay. Marvel at the gentle giants of the sea. Light refreshments are served on board and all ages are welcome.
Venture down the lagoon in a canoe or brave the Indian Ocean for a possible eyeball to eyeball encounter with the colossal Southern Right whale.
For those in need of shopping therapy, Hermanus has all the major retail outlets, along with smaller boutique shops and unusual African products on sale at the village market.
You can travel the Walker Bay Wine Route along the coastal road, passing the Blue Flag Hawston beach, to reach Benguela Cove Wine Estate. Continue to the quaint village of Bot River before returning on a less-travelled road into the Hemel en Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley and the various wine farms, like Hamilton Russell's, in this scenic part of the countryside.
Book yourself on a shark cage diving outing at the nearby seaside town of Gansbaai. All licenced dive operators mostly guarantee great white shark sightings.
Where to Eat
Running Rabbit Bistro at the Eastcliff Village strip mall is a bright, airy place to enjoy a flavoursome breakfast, fresh pastries at tea or an inviting light lunch meal... Show more