Hermanus is the whale watching capital of South Africa, so good accommodations of all types are plentiful here. For backpackers, one of the best choices is Zoete Inval Travellers Lodge. It’s located on the western edge of town, just 10 minutes walk from the centre. The main house has a choice of private rooms, while the annex in the back garden is the backpackers’ block. There are three dorms, all of which are spotlessly clean and spacious enough for travellers and their luggage. Lockers are provided (bring your own lock), and valuables can also be left in the reception safe.
The beds are comfortable and there are wall mounted fans for those hot summer nights. The common toilets and hot water showers are also clean and towels are provided for all guests. There is a small TV room in the backpackers’ block plus a downstairs kitchen with all the equipment you might need plus a barbecue area in the courtyard. This is also where breakfast is served; most of it homemade. Wi-Fi is free and there’s a sun deck with Jacuzzi for use at a small charge. Free tea and coffee is available all day and there are also soft drinks and beers available from reception. Friendly, helpful staff add to a great experience here.
Free tea and coffee
Beds from R200
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