Information about Hermanus, South Africa

Posted: 2 March 2012 by Jenny Meyer Category: Arts and Crafts, Attractions, Children, festivals, Hermanus, Restaurants and places to eat, Things to do, Transport, Uncategorized, Walks in Hermanus, Whale Watching, Wine Tasting Tags:

Helpful information about Hermanus, South Africa

Looking for helpful information about Hermanus, South Africa? We have created this blog on General Information about Hermanus to assist you in finding emergency and important telephone numbers.  Our Blog Index will also assist you with interesting and informative articles on things to do, restaurants, transport, seasonal weather, important telephone numbers and other information on Hermanus. 

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Hermanus Tourism Bureau: Telephone +27 (0) 28 3122629

Medical Services:  (Remember to obtain your own medical insurance for your travel needs).

Provincial Hospital: ( State Health) Hospital Street, Westcliff.  Telephone +27 (0) 28 3121166

Hermanus Medi Clinic: Hospital Street, Westcliff. Telephone +27(0) 28 3130168

Ambulance: Telephone 10177 or ER24 Telephone: 084124

Ambubed private ambulance: +27 (0) 76512 3459

Library: Our Municipal Library welcomes visitors who may pay a R250 refundable deposit to borrow books. Tel 028 3138077 .  Eastbury Cottage guests may also borrow from our very small, but growing, library.

Postal Services in Hermanus: Hermanus Post Office situated in the Main Road CBD; Postnet also offers postal services and is situated on the corner of Mitchell and Long Street.

Parking:  Please obey the rules of the road and do not park on the side of the road facing the oncoming traffic.  The Traffic Officials are relentless on this issue.  Parking in the Village is free on Sundays and after 17h00. On other days, official parking marshals will approach you to pay for a ticket to be displayed on your windscreen.  The tariff varies from area to area.   Luckily, Eastbury Cottage is a short stroll to the shops.

Telephone Services:  Telephones are automatic with direct dialing to most foreign countries.  Incoming calls from outside RSA should be dialed with the relevant outgoing country code and the RSA +27 prefix, the (0) of the area code is dropped and then the rest of the area code and number  is dialed  eg 0027 (0) 28 3121258 (Eastbury Cottage land line).  Vodacom, MTN and Cell C are the cellular networks.  To buy a sim card in South Africa, remember your passport and proof of address for RICA requirements.


Cliff Paths:  Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) Marshals patrol the cliff paths from 08h00 to 17h00 for your protection and enhance your safety.  Please do take care as there are secluded areas and if possible walk with a partner and not after dark.  Do not display valuables on your person or in your vehicle.

Ocean Movement:  Please be aware of wave action when on beaches or rocky outcrops.  Hermanus is infamous for that “7th” wave that can be unusually powerful and surprise even the most vigilant.  Be careful of rip currents, especially close to river mouths, or lagoon outlets.  Do not fight a rip current if you get in to difficulty. Stay calm, let it take you and then swim out of  it as the current fades.  Treat the sea with utmost respect.

Sunscreen:  Use a good sunscreen even on cloudy days and especially when whale or shark watching.

Wild Animals:  Please do not feed the baboons, “dassies” or any other animals in Hermanus, whether you are on the cliff paths or in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.  It will cause them to become aggressive and will endanger not only human lives, but their own.




Author: Jenny Bowes Meyer




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