Things To Do



Southwinds is the ideal place to unwind or venture out. For individuals or groups, we are happy to advise on an excursion itinerary, or curate experiences especially for you.

For families, there is endless fun. The manor house sits centrally, with rolling lawns that lead down to a pristine waterside with a slipway onto the water allowing for the launch of speedboats, sailing dinghies and other watercraft.

From sailing, water-skiing, kite-surfing and stand up paddle boarding directly from the property, there’s also horse riding on the pristine Die Plaat beach or through the Fynbos, in the Stanford Hills. A myriad of breath-taking hikes, for all levels of fitness, through the Fernklook Nature Reserve, or wine tasting at some of South Africa’s most prestige vineyards in the famous Hemel-en-Aarde valley.

Walker Bay is world renowned for land and boat-based whale-watching from June to late November. And shark-cage diving from Kleinbaai, the shark cage diving capital of the world, is an exhilarating option for the adventure-seekers, year-round.

Grotto beach is one of Hermanus’ most popular beaches with sand, surf and seasonal bars and restaurants including the famous Dutchies Restaurant and Summer Lounge. If the lagoon water is high enough, you can even take a speedboat from the manor house to the beach.

You can also take a daytrip to popular local towns & villages, like Stanford, Gansbaai, Baardskeerdersbos, Greyton, Napier, Cape Agullas, Arniston & Elim, to name but a few.


If you’re venturing out, Hermanus is home to a delightful array of restaurants catering to various tastes and preferences. With its stunning ocean views and fresh seafood, it’s no surprise that seafood restaurants are a highlight here.

Hermanus also offers a variety of cozy cafes and bistros catering to diverse tastes and providing a range of options for every occasion.


The Hemel-en-Aarde wine valley is home to several wine farms that offer a memorable wine tasting experience. With its cool climate and diverse terroir, the vineyards in Hermanus produce wines of exceptional quality, particularly known for their elegant white wines and distinctive Pinot Noirs.

The wine farms in Hermanus offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the region’s wine culture and indulge in world-class wines. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or just beginning your journey into the world of wine, the vineyards in Hermanus provide a delightful experience, showcasing the region’s unique terroir and the passion of its winemakers.