Birkenhead House - Hermanus, South Africa - 5 Star Luxury Lodge

Rooms & Suites: 11

Perched high on the Hermanus cliffs, the regal Birkenhead House and deluxe adjacent Villa, overlook the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay.

Accommodating guests in the utmost luxury, this is the perfect destination for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside living. From May to December the Southern Right whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence. The whales spend the balance of the year in the Antarctic feeding. August is the height of the birthing season. Many calves, that are literally a couple of hours old, with their very protective mothers, are seen from the wonderful vantage points at Birkenhead House. These magnificent mammals are called the "right" whale because they were commercially viable to hunt. They are rich in oil and baleen and floated on the surface as apposed to sinking after been slaughtered. Close to extermination, international protection was granted to the species in 1935. Looking out from the terrace, the beach on the left is Voëlklip, (translated from Afrikaans means bird stone). This beach lends itself to great bathing. We are always willing to pack a picnic basket to accompany you with a couple of beach bats and balls if you are feeling energetic! The currents can get strong so do watch your positioning in relation to other bathers. The beach on the right is called Nanny's or Kamma Bay Beach. Beware of the above mentioned currents.


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Accolades & Articles

Read article: Nature's Grandeur, Hospitality Par Excellence and Décor Divine at Birkenhead House in South Africa’s Cape

Trip Type

Adventure/Eco/Nature, Golf Getaway, Romantic Getaway, Scuba Diving, Spa & Wellness, Wineries / Wine Tasting


Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Airport Distance

90 minutes

High Season

November through April