Where the town of Hermanus, with its' variety of shops and restaurants, is the commercial centre of Greater Hermanus, Onrus is largely a residential area hugging the coastline and therefore more suited for the nature lover and family groups or honeymoon couples to relax in for a splendid and unforgettable holiday. We are a 90 minutes drive from Cape Town and 60 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. If you would like to make Onrus your base, numerous day trips can be ventured, like visiting Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa or tasting wine on the wine routes of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and our own Hemel en Aarde Valley.
Onrus enjoys a mild climate. Summers are crystal and sunny with hot days tempered by fresh sea breezes. Winter, although the rainy season, has many sunny days and is generally mild, whilst autumn (March-April) is idyllic, with balmy days and late afternoon sea mists - the so-called 'Champagne' air. Average temperatures: summer 26,4' C ; winter 14' C. Average annual rainfall: 546 mm.
Onrus is situated on a narrow coastal strip between majestic mountains and changing seas. It is a 5 kilometre drive to Hermanus, which boasts the best land-based whale watching in the world. During the last few years, as their numbers increased, more and more whales have been spotted very close to Onrus beach.
A number of easy walks can be done right from our front door. The first section of the new VOS (Vermont Onrus Sandbaai) footpath has recently been completed. For the more adventurous the Vermont Nature reserve offers a delightful walk from Brêkfis Bay along the sea's edge to the Hawston harbour.The full walk takes three to four hours, depending how often you stop to admire the changing sea or browse at the interesting rock pools.
Onrus Beach is certainly the prettiest beach in Greater Hermanus, and a surfer- and body boarder's dream. The fresh water lagoon where the Onrus River runs into the sea is very safe for young children. Davies' Pool at the camp site is open to the public, and is unique because it is a clear area encircled by low rocks; while completely open to the sea it remains calm and safe for swimming.
Shore entries are possible at Harderbaai Marine Reserve from which we are one street away. Onrus is known for snorkelling in the dozens of amazing rock pools where abundant marine fauna and flora can be observed and admired. During season (November to April) crayfish (Rock Lobster) diving attracts many visitors to our shores.
Make your choice! We are situated between three of the finest golf courses in South Africa, the Hermanus, Fernkloof Golf Clubs (10 min. drive) and the Arabella Golf Estate on the Botriver Lagoon.(15 min. drive.)
Fynbos, The indigenous plants of the Western Cape
For those who love flowers, Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus offers an array of proteas, ericas and many other fascinating fynbos plant species. Peak flowering time is in September and October but there are different plants in bloom throughout the year. Many of the 42 protea species flower during the winter months (June, July and August).
Various birding routes including the Harold Porter Nature Reserve in Betty's Bay, Fernkloof in Hermanus, Caledon Nature Reserve, De Hoop Nature Reserve and the Bontebok National Park is conveniently close. Our establishment is situated on the Onrus Peninsula and the Onrus Lagoon Trail, with it's waders, waterfowl and warblers, is a mere 10 minutes walk from Perlemoen. The seashore, which is only one street away, offers specials such as the Black Oystercatcher and eight species of Terns have been identified. Terrestrial species are also abundant. Onrus is also known for its' sighting of the Little Blue Heron and in 2002 both the Sabine's and Franklin's Gull spent roughly six weeks here. Printed bird lists are available.