The seaside town of Hermanus, on Walker Bay, lies a comfortable two-hour drive from Cape Town along the scenic N2 highway, 90 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, and an hour from Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa.
One of South Africa’s favourite holiday and retirement spots, Hermanus, with a Mediterranean climate, offers the best land-based whale-watching anywhere in the world. A cliff path, stretching from one side of the town to the other side, hugs the coastline for about 12 km, allowing whale watchers to get within 20 m of the gentle giants in the coves below. Telescopes alongside the Old Harbour Museum make it possible to survey the entire expanse of Walker Bay – as well as the whales and dolphins, at close range.
Hermanus is the only town in the world that has an official Whale Crier whose role is to keep visitors informed of the whereabouts of the whales, as he does his rounds through town every day. During the whale season (June to November) the haunting sound of his kelp horn helps create the unique charm for which this seaside resort is renowned.
Within the inviting ambience and champagne air of Hermanus lies Mariners Village, an affordably priced, residential estate with a 24-hour manned gate and nightly patrols. The complex, launched in 2005 on a 14-hectare site in Westcliff, is within walking distance of the New Harbour and the spectacular Cliff Path. The development comprises 165 freehold stands, many of which are still vacant – a few are for sale. Freehold houses vary in size from 120 to 400 square meters, and Golden Hind, a sectional title complex, consists of 30 units – and includes six lofts.
Developers are working on five, three-story apartment blocks within the walled area of Mariners Village that will form an integral part of the estate and will offer an estimated 180 units.
Many properties within the estate have uninterrupted mountain and sea views. Mariners Village’s garden theme is Cape fynbos and a meandering footpath travels the length of the estate. Ponds in a park-like area offer a tranquil atmosphere, and the benches provide a peaceful resting place.
Now is the time to be a part of this secure lifestyle village that is within walking distance of the heart of Hermanus.