Harbour House Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Minbar in room
- Airport Transportation
- Non-smoking rooms
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Tonight we were staying in the lovely Harbour House Hotel in the town previously known as Hermanuspietersfontein but, genuinely, due to the name being too long for the South African postal service, shortened now to Hermanus. This town is well known, as it is the centre for Southern Right Whale watching between June and December as they can be seen …
The Bot River got it's name from San people who called it "Gouga" meaning abundance of fat. This same word was used for butter which the Khoi-San people made in abundance as there was rich pasture in the area. Early merchants from Cape Town would trade their wares for barrels of this wonderful butter and named the river Botter as early as 1672 (and …
... to expect and when we arrived to a simple riverbank it was becoming clear that the boat was a floating platform with an engine on the back, the rear corner sectioned off for the 'loo with a view', a bbq and some chairs!
We all boarded and set off along the river at a gentle pace, before long the gin and tonics, wine and beers were flowing and the place was beautiful. There were rumours that there were Piranha, Crocodile, Anaconda ...
... brownish in colour and very fuzzy. So sweet!
When we returned to Hermanus we relaxed for a while in the lounge of the hotel. It is a very comfortable area with lots of couches and cushions, a bar area and some tables on the patio.
An hour before dinner we walked along the cliff toward Grotto Beach.
In this direction from the hotel the walkway is in a residential area, so it is much quieter and ...
... been there for about 10 min! We booked ourselves onto a boat trip, we found a small family run company that limit the number of people they take out. It turned out to be the most amazing trip and which was even better when we saw the huge commercial boats crammed with people.
We saw a baby Whale and mum and they we're having lots of fun playing in the water - we managed to get some great pics. The captain of the boat obviously ...