Things to do
Lidiko Heritage House is the ideal venue from where to go for long beach walks, hike amongst the fynbos, take a dip in the ocean, go whale watching, wine tasting, golfing or to visit the many excellent restaurants Hermanus has on offer. There are three restaurants, Milkwood, Karmenaatjie and Moltenos, within walking distance of Lidiko Heritage House.
Guests might however feel they just want to curl up with a book on our Veranda or soak up the sun at the pool.
Things to do
Hermanus is known as the Whale Capital of the World and is the only place in the world with a whale crier. Whale sightings are from July to November each year, with the most sigtings during August, September and October. It is the best place for land based sightings, but can also be enjoyed from boats, a scenic flght or for the brave at heart on a guided sea kayaking trip.
Lidiko Heritage House can assist in all bookings.
Wine Tasting and feasting
Approximately 3 km from Lidiko Heritage House, you will find the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Heaven on Earth Valley). The valley has made the World's Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2018.
Save for excellent wine farms, where wine can be tasted and bought directly from the winery, there are quirky, traditional and fine dining resturants dotted around in the Valley.
For traditional South African food and bric and brac, there is Die Plaaskombuis (Farm kitchen).
La Vierge is over the top and fabulous, with wines called Original Sin, Jezebel, Last Temptation, Seductional...
Creation is well known for their excellent food and wine pairing. You can choose from wine and chocolate pairing, wine and cheese pairing, tapas and wine pairing or a three course food and wine pairing.
Sumaridge offer platters and views for ever.
Newton Johnson should not be missed, not for the wine, the food or the views.
At Spookfontein vineyards you an taste three wines free of charge. They serve pizzas and platters.
At Ataraxia enjoy your wine whilst savoring the views from the balcony.
Domaine Des Dieux is the place for bubbly.
Sandy beaches, tidal pools and coastal walks
Onrus Beach and Lagoon is a sandy beach within walking distance (approximately 800 m) from Lidiko Heritage House. Onrus Beach offers everyone a beautiful location to swim and enjoy the sunshine. The Onrus River Lagoon mouth also gives you the perfect location for a safer swimming experience whilst the expanse of a sandy beach means that there is plenty of space for everyone to soak up the sun. It is a popular surfing and body boarding spot.
Two tidal pools being Davies Pool and Jan Rabie Pool are both within walking distance from Lidiko Heritage House. Davies pool is a natural rock pool and offers swimmers a calm, safe swimming experience. Jan Rabie Tidal Pool, named after the famous South African writer, as he used to swim there every day, is situated a bit further towards Vermont and also offers safe swimming.
The coastal path is approximately 100 metres from Lidiko Heritage House. You can walk next to the ocean on a walkway for approximately six kilometres one way or as far as you woud like to go. It is an excellent path on which to enjoy our beautiful area with all your senses. The fauna and flora, birds, sea life and ocean are magnificent. Keep your eyes open for whales.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Fernkloof Nature reserve covers 1800 ha in the mountains above Hermanus. The Fernkloof Nature Reserve comprises 0.002% of the Cape Floral Kingdom but contains 18% of its plants in just 18 square kilometres. There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity.
The name of the principal vegetation type of this region, fynbos, is derived from the Dutch word 'fijn bosch' which is the collective name for a myriad of evergreen shrub-like plants with small firm leaves, often rolled - but also includes woody plants with hard leathery leaves, usually broad, often rolled.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve lies 3 km east of the town centre of Hermanus. Entry is free. It is a great location for walking; runnning; cycling; birdwatching; photographing; picnicing; discovering fantastic flowers and to enjoy great views.
Hermanus Cliff Path
The Cliff Path is perhaps the most popular trail in Hermanus and stretches from the New Harbour all the way to Grotto beach approximately 12km along the coastline.
The views of Walker Bay and the Mountain Range are breath-taking and during whale season the Cliffs have the perfect spots to sit and watch the whales as they frolic in in the bay. At certain points whales can be seen playing as close as five meters from shore.
Public benches are dotted along the Cliff Path which offers you the perfect spot for a picnic or just sit back, relax and enjoy the whales and of course the view.
At the end of the walk you and enjoy a refreshing swim in the ocean or dine at Dutchies Restaurant with beautiful views of the beach and ocean.The Tuk Tuks are a phone call away to pick you up at Grotto beach if you don’t want to walk back to your car
One of the most popular locations in Hermanus for whale watching is Siever's Point, which is closest to where the whales frolic.
The Kwaaiwater lookout point is accessible by vehicle.
The Voëlklip and Grotto beaches are perfect for whale spotting and watching, especially on the rocks above the sea.
There are three excellent golf courses in close proximity to Lidiko Heritage House. You can choose between golfing at Arabella, one of the Top 10 golf courses in South Africa, or Kleinmond the cheapest but also most unforgiving course and then there is also the classic Hermanus Golf course.
Whatever your handicap, there is a welcoming 19th hole at all these golfing clubs.
Investment art and cultural crafts
This gorgeous part of South Africa is a drawing card for some of the country’s most talented artists, artisans and crafts people. There is inspiration around almost every single corner here. From sweeping mountain views to unspoiled coastline, Hermanus art galleries are filled to the brim with pieces that celebrate the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Cape Overberg and beyond. You certainly won’t be starved for arts and culture in this welcoming settlement along the coast.
Art galleries in Hermanus are fairly varied and come in all shapes and sizes. From upmarket establishments that stock the crème de le crème of local art to family run galleries that showcase local crafts on street corners, you’ll be able to kill many an hour exploring these. Whether you’re looking for ceramic and fine art or would like to find carved wooden pieces, the local and international artists featured in Hermanus will likely have everything you’ve envisioned and more.
Markets, quaint shops, malls, book stores, art galleries.....Hermanus has a rich and varied shopping experience.