Thursday, January 24, 2008

SA Trip 8: Epilogue

Now it can be told. We liked South Africa so much we bought an apartment in Hermanus, Western Cape, at the Hermanus Beach Club an hour and a half's drive from Cape Town.

"Hermanus has the status of being the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Southern right whales visit Walker Bay from June through to December and can be viewed from aboard a boat, an airplane or the shore. Hermanus is home to the world's only Whale Crier who blows his kelp horn when whales are spotted along the central sea route." -

It was an impulse buy. We had not gone out with the intention of buying a place but we loved it so much we had a giddy turn and decided to expand our property empire.

Part holiday home, part pension plan. The idea is to holiday there for a few years and when we retire, or down-shift, to spend the (European) winters down there.

The money went off to the lawyers yesterday and the apartment will be ours at the end of February. We go out over Easter to pick up the keys and fit the place out - a long way to go for a shopping spree. Our is the one circled in the aerial photo.

Terrace Terrace SW View
Terrace SE View Kitchen
Bathroom Apartment building
The apartment in not huge (two and a half bedrooms, one all-purpose living /dining / kitchen room) but the terrace is larger than the whole apartment!

Hermanus Beach Club Aerial View


Rosa said...

I don't need a lot of room to sleep, put the room on the terrace any day! It's absolutely breathtaking, a trip you will never forget.

Stuffy said...

An "impulse purchase" forsooth, it's hardly a bag of everton mints at the checkout is it ?

Looks like a stunning place but you'll always have that nagging doubt at the back of your mind that you're trapped on the same continent as the boy Hollick.

Anonymous said...

Hey, amazing location.