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Hermanus Backpackers

Hayley & Braam

Hermanus Backpackers is an owner-run lodge, Hayley & Braam have owned and run the place since 1999… with the help of their dedicated staff. Braam is a South African, Hayley is an Australian/Brit. Both have travelled extensively and even met while on the road, so can happily chat you to about the rigors of travelling life. They know what you need in a backpackers hostel and work hard to ensure that your stay with them is comfortable and enjoyable, trying their best to keep a happy mix between inexpensive and good quality.

Backpackers Crew
The Crew

We’re not just staff… we don’t just work… we live, eat, sleep, drink and breathe purely for the pleasure of meeting great people & making sure our guests leave Hermanus as Friends with spectacular memories of our time together! Hand picked for their enthusiasm, go-getter attitude, frivolity, local knowledge, interest in travel and .. most importantly of all… their ability to hold their alcohol, party all night as if there’s NO tomorrow and STILL be up and ‘at it’ before our guests!! So… regardless of what you need, where you want to go or what you want to do… there’s always Somebody proficient in English and general Backpackers slang to ensure you have everything you need!


Hermanus Backpackers Crew are here to ensure that your stay with us is as enjoyable and memorable as possible!
On arrival you’ll be given a map of the town with advice on the best spots for swimming, surfing, eating and drinking. In the evenings the communal area lights up with most guests convening for a braai and a game of pool.


Hermanus, Overberg, Western Cape

Hermanus is commonly known as the best Land-Based Whale watching area in the world. Nestled between mountain and sea. Hermanus also boasts Champagne Air (Great if you’re a non-smoker!) Shops, Retaurants, Bars, Art Galleries, Wine Farms, Beer Tasting, Adventure Activities (Shark Cage Diving!) Nature walks,Southern Right Whales and so much more…
Hermanus is on the Coast of the Southern Cape, one of the most beautiful areas that South Africa has to offer. We’re just over the mountain from Cape Town – en-route to Plettenberg Bay, Knysna (also known as the Garden Route)
NB Hermanus is easy 120km from Cape Town and 100km from Cape Town International Airport!

We are Synonymous with Shark Cage Diving

Great White Shark Cage is The most thrilling and exhilarating adventure experience around!

Shark diving was first started in Hermanus in 1992. It has quickly become one of the most popular Adventure Activities with both international & local visitors to Hermanus Anybody can Shark Dive – providing you are over 5 years old (accompanied by an adult, naturally).

If you’ve never considered going Shark Cage Diving with Great White Sharks – NOW is the time! We’re here to assist with booking your Shark Cage Diving adventure, please mention when booking your budget or backpacker accommodation with us.

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This is a great hostel very close to the centre of Hermanus and even closer to the amazing cliff path that goes about 8km from the new harbour, via the old harbour, to Grotto Bay. The hostel is split into 3 buildings, the main one and two annex bungalows around the corner. We stayed in one of the annexes. The annex building felt safe and secure. We had an en suite double. Very private and secure. The whole building was spotlessly clean and tidy. Good kitchen facilities for preparing meals, and a nice dining area, but also a private garden an the rear of property with trees for dappled shade.
Susan Apfel
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It's the perfect place to stay when you're in Hermanus! Lovely house in a quite neighborhood, just a few minutes walk to the city center, lot of space, two kitchens, nice BBQ and fire place, pool and many more. Room and bathroom were clean. Braam and Halley are very good hosts. They made us feel comfortable, almost home. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend it to other travelers.
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We (my brother, my sister and I) spent one night at Hermanus Backpackers and had a lovely stay. We stayed in the big private room with it’s one bathroom next to it. It is located in a different house, very close to the main house where there’s the dormitories. The staff is welcoming and very helpful. They helped us book a whale watching tour and explained what we could do in town. The room was as it was on the photos: clean and simple (the shower is really nice!). It’s a perfect place to spend a couple of days. Read less
 Matthew L
Matthew L@MatthewL501
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Staff was friendly and very helpful. We booked a few activities through them on their recommendations and couldn't be happier we did. It's within 5min of the waterfront and 20min from bars and restaurants downtown. We stayed in 6 person dorm and it was always clean.

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