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Birkenhead House

“Best land-based whale watching in the world”

Budget level: Mid-Range
South Africa
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Cape Town
Kids Min Age

Birkenhead House is a chic and intimate beach hotel in the seaside town of Hermanus. Set on a clifftop, guests can tap into adventure activities, meander premier wine routes or sit back and watch the seasonal passing of southern right and humpback whales.

Experience & Activities   

With its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking time out to relax and recharge body and mind. Watch surfers carving through the waves and witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just metres from the shore for several months each year. Whale watching season generally lasts from early June to early December.

The hotel’s contemporary décor is an artful mix of beach-house and quirky opulence. The all-inclusive rate means that guests never need to leave the comfort of Birkenhead House, where all meals and drinks are included. 

Known as the best land-based whale watching in the world, guests can also see the giants of the ocean from the air or sea, with the option to enjoy a 3–4-hour whale cruise on the Atlantic Ocean. Operating three times per day, guests will have the unique opportunity to encounter whales up close. 

For the adventurous, Hermanus offers activities aplenty, including whale watching, shark cage diving, golf, horse riding on the beach, hiking, surfing, mussel picking and even wine tasting. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is just a short drive away and is one of South Africa’s premier wine routes.


The 11 rooms at Birkenhead House are individually decorated by the stylish wand of owner Liz Biden. The rooms are located in three different houses which make up Birkenhead House. Choose from a selection of room types, each offering majestic views of sea or mountain (or both!) and a luxurious bathroom that includes a bath and shower. Children over 10 are welcome in each room type. 

Why we like it

  • Whale watching and adventure activities 
  • Each room has a unique style
  • Wide range of experiences in surrounding areas 
  • Children of above 10 years welcome 

Get ready for an extraordinary coastal experience

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