Harbour House Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Minbar in room
- Airport Transportation
- Non-smoking rooms
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Drove from the amazing Spier vineyards, through the lovely town of Stellenbosch and onto the stunning coastal town of Hermanus leaving the wine country behind us, well for now lol. Longest drive so far at just over 1 1/2 hrs and the South African roads are very easy driving. Hermanus is a beautiful coastal town, stunning views and very windy :-) …
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 …
... bash it, so they are inches away from your face. Massive, fast and so powerful! Really can't describe what it felt like, except we weren't frightened at all, just had quite an adrenalin surge!
The worst bit is the occasional headbutt from a long dead tuna as they drag the bait back on to the boat. Very glad the wetsuits had hoods!
We had about 20 minutes in the cage - felt like 2 - and then back on the boat wile ...
... rarely see any trash on any beach here. There is a nationwide project going on where people, adults or students, can earn minimum wage keeping the beaches and other natural areas clean. Then everything that's collected is recycled in the traditional way or recycled into doormats, art, jewelry. You'd be amazed at some of the wonderful things we've seen made from recycled garbage. Til next time here's a quote from Mark Twain; "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow ...