Welcome to the AÏDA Hermanus
Aida Hermanus is proud to be operating from their offices at 181 Main Road, Hermanus.
It is our aim to bring to the greater Hermanus area the services, products and knowledge of the AIDA group, together with the peace of mind of dealing with one of the most trusted real estate brands in our country.
Our Principal Evan Rautenbach is well known in the area as the owner of Business Advice Brokers, a brokerage specialising in the buying and selling process of businesses in the Western Cape for more than a decade. He has also been resident in Hermanus for over 20 years.
AIDA Hermanus operates in the following areas:
- Fernkloof Estate
- Hermanus Golf Estate:
- Prestwick Village
- Fernkloof Village
- Lakewood Estate
- Innesbrooke Village
- Fairbanks Village
- Please have a look on their website: http://www.fernkloofestate.co.za/development.html
- Hermanus Heights
- Hermanus CBD
- Hermanus Beach Club
We have an experienced strong team, with agents totalling 85 years’ experience locally, nationally as well as internationally. Our current team includes Dewan Henn, Madelein Rautenbach, Brenda Steyn, Lance Gruss, Letitia Botha and Lorrainne Henning in Hermanus. In other areas we have Lorrainne Henning in Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay as well as Tim Hague in Stanford and Johan Hayward in Gansbaai. Michelle Wessels and Wickus Horne man our Caledon office.
We also have a division specializing in farms in the following areas:
- Hemel en Aarde Valley
Since its inception in 1958 AIDA has been at the forefront of delivering quality real estate products and services in South Africa. Today, the AIDA network remains at the forefront of technology in real estate. The whole network operates on a seamless end-to-end management system, which include functionality such as monitored marketing solutions of all mandates and the auto population of the AIDA website network.
Our aim is to offer a professional ethical service which will add value and peace of mind when buying or selling a property, to ensure optimal integrity through the provision of honest business practice, to be unique and passionate in the way they contribute to the lives of their clients and to make the dream of owning a property a reality.
Hermanus has, in the past decade, established itself as the cultural and business hub of the Overstrand. Although Hermanus has shed its sleepy holiday town image and now boasts a modern infrastructure, sophisticated specialty shops and restaurants to rival the best in the world, the charm and essence of its fishing village heritage is still apparent.
Hermanus is a short scenic 1½ hrs (140 km) drive from Cape Town and is situated between the sparkling ocean and sweeping mountains. Without doubt, the environmental riches and natural beauty of the Overstrand are the regions greatest assets. Hermanus has become synonymous with the whales that visit Walker Bay each year and offers the best land based whale watching in the world.
Tourism and Overstrand Municipality
Tourism is flourishing in Hermanus and businesses catering for this robust industry are plentiful and profitable. There are over 100 accommodation options available in the Greater Hermanus area ranging from upmarket B&Bs, guesthouses, luxury resorts and boutique hotels to budget priced self-catering and back-packers establishments. There are more than 74 restaurants catering for a wide range of tastes. Adventure tourism has become increasingly popular and includes shark cage diving, boat based whale watching, sea kayaking, sand boarding, tandem paragliding, paintball and quad biking.
International visitors and local holiday makers flock to Hermanus, which is being aggressively marketed by the newly established Overstrand Destination Marketing Organisation (ODMO). The Overstrand municipality, currently under the DA leadership of executive mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, is dedicated to promoting local economic development and tourism. To this end the municipality has committed itself to increase basic service capacity, massive investment in the infrastructure and sustainable growth, the creation of a safe and healthy environment, the management and conservation of the natural environment and the provision of democratic and accountable governance
The main contributors to the Overstrand’s thriving economy also include wholesale and retail, finance and business, manufacturing and agriculture as well as real estate development and the building industry. The wine industry in this unique region is enjoying substantial growth. There are approximately 28 wine estates that are producing award-winning labels and 17 with wine cellars that are open to the public.
Hermanus is an entrepreneur’s paradise. All the infrastructure elements are available for those setting out in business. Lawyers, accountants, educators, hotel industry trained professionals and restaurateurs can find a home in the Overberg. Small one-man or family owned businesses like panel beaters, vehicle sales and repairs, cleaning service companies, internet and computer services, artists and jeweler designers, garden services and catering services operate alongside larger businesses like the abalone farms, boutique hotels, supermarkets, wine estates, property developers, estate agents, and international brand name stores. A number of thriving organic food and craft markets provide a viable platform for many home industries and niche designer products.
Individuals that have spotted gaps in the business and services market and have had the savvy to put a business plan together have done very well. The most successful businesses world-wide, however, are those that provide outstanding personalised customer service.
The massive increase in the number of homes and security villages/housing estates that have been built and are planned for the Greater Hermanus area testify to the increasing popularity of this region as a desirable place to live and work as well as the increasing growth of the population.
Demographics and Economics
The Overtrand stretches from Rooi Else in the west to Quoin Point in the east and includes 200 km of coastline ripe for development. The population figures currently stand at 73 000 and are conservatively estimated to be more than 80 000 by 2010. With the continuous influx of job-seekers in to the already overburdened township of Zwelihle, this figure may need to be amended. During the Whale Festival and high season the population increases fourfold.
The Overstrand is the second largest municipality in the Overberg and is expected to become the most populace region in the district before long. The Overstrand contributes 34,4% (R1,22 billion in 2006) to the Overberg regional GDPR and is the second largest contributor.
Hermanus, along with other towns in the Overstrand, is a leader in the commercial farming of abalone and the aqua culture sector is expected to expand substantially. Strong economic growth and a diversified economy make this region particularly viable for new business ventures.
Labour is plentiful in the Overstrand and those who lack basic necessary skills can access the best training the country has to offer at skills development organisations in Hermanus like Learn to Earn, the Overstrand Training Institute and the Enlighten Education Trust.
Hermanus has excellent private and government schools and includes:
- Curro Hermanus Private School
- Hermanus Pre-Primary (Babbel en Krabbel)
- Hermanus Primary
- Hermanus High school
- Hermanus Montessori
- Bosko Christian School
- Berghof Pre-Primary
- Northcliff House College
- Hermanus Christian Academy
- The Overstrand Learning Academy
- Kidz Academy
- Mt Pleasant Primary
- Lukhanyo Primary
- Qhayiya Secondary
- Hawston Primary
- Hawston Secondary
A bus service for scholars is available. Most of the Hermanus based schools offer dual medium classes in either English or Afrikaans. The schools in Zwelihle are the only Xhosa schools in the Overstrand, while the language of instruction at schools in Mt Pleasant and Hawston is Afrikaans. There are also private schools and boarding schools in Somerset West 70 km from Hermanus, Villiersdorp – 75 km, and Caledon – 82 km.
Hermanus has about an equal mix of Afrikaans and English speaking residents, as well as a large Xhosa speaking African community. The area is a sought after retirement centre as it offers unparalleled scenic beauty, world-class medical facilities, upmarket retirement villages as well as middle-income retirement care options.
Community Based Activities
There are many community based activities like bowls, golf, tennis, yachting and bridge available as well as service clubs like Rotary, the Lions, Round Table, Friends of the Hospital and the Botanical Society.
Hermanus has a large Pick 'n Pay, two Spars, as well as Woolworths, Mr Price, Ackermans and several chain store fast food outlets. The building industry can rely on stores like Penny Pinchers, Builders Trade Depot and several smaller hardware stores and related businesses for the materials and tools of their trade.
Somerset Mall in Somerset West is a huge shopping Mecca within easy driving distance, but Hermanus has its share of small but modern, high tech malls, gyms, health and beauty spas, as well as cosy side street stores and coffee shops full of character and atmosphere.
Hermanus is also emerging as a desirable art destination with dozens of art galleries to be found in the CBD, the suburbs and on in to the charming farm village of Stanford which is 28 km away from Hermanus. Gansbaai is a 53 km drive from Hermanus and Kleinmond is only 39 km.
The Hermanus provincial hospital and Medi-Clinic provide excellent healthcare and emergency services are sharp.
Hermanus has no train station or commercial airfield, so public transport is limited. There is a taxi service operational in Zwelihle and between the CBD and Hawston. A number of private shuttle services offer transport to and from Cape Town International Airport and other central points.
Hermanus and the quaint towns situated in the Overstrand have much to offer families and business people who want to relocate to the coast where they can run profitable companies while breathing in the champagne air and watching the whales at play.
Activities amd Attraction
Besides whale watching, Hermanus offers a variety of attractions which includes the following:
- Horse riding
- Great White Shark cage diving
- Angling (Throughout the year). The following types of fish are present in and around the magnificent fishing spots; Galjoen, elf, steenbras, red roman, kob, cape brie, red stumpnose, John Brown, and many more.
- Rock lobster diving and catching (From Nov – Apr)
- Hermanus is well known for its abalone farms
- Plane trips
- Deep sea fishing
- Scuba diving
- Quad biking
- Sand boarding
- Various hiking trails along the coast and in the mountains.
- Simply swimming and sunbathing at one of many gorgeous beaches which include the long stretched Grotto beach, Voëlklip beach, Kamma Baai, Langbaai, Sandbaai beach, Onrus beach and Breakfast bay.
The beach at Onrus is ideal for the family. Flanked by a lagoon it provides an ideal playground for children.
A shallow river flows from the lagoon in which little children have an adventurous time. The beach can be reached from the Sandbaai and Onrus sides and is the only beach for the locals living in Vermont, Onrus and Sandbaai.
Langbaai (Long Bay) is a favourite beach for those seeking a bit of peace and privacy. Formed between two rocky outcrops this beach is tiny in comparison to the other beaches. It offers good swimming and white sand. Limited parking available.
The ideal beach for families with small children. Parking can be found near the beach. Plenty of white sand and shallow water make this a wonderful beach for the kids.
This neat beach is often the playground of young adults. Great lawns, white sands and good facilities complement the beauty of this setting. Parking can be a problem during the holidays. Refreshments can be found during the holidays. This is also a good spot for surfers who can always be found in the waves. Limited parking in Season.
Grotto beach literally stretches for kilometers making it ideal for those wanting to take a long walk with the dogs. A restaurant, playpark and facilities make this a favorite amongst the holiday makers. Braai facilities and ample parking can also be found at Grotto beach.
- The lagoon.The lagoon attracts all kinds of water sports, from sailing to motor boat enthusiasts and anglers. Hermanus Yacht club's green lawns reach down to the water's edge. The salt water lagoon provides safe sailing for children and variable winds conditions that can raise the heart rate of even the most experienced sailors.
- Bird watching. Hermanus has many bird watching spots in the mountains and coastal and lagoon areas.
- Shopping. An incredible selection of galleries, fashion boutiques, jewelry shops and many others are all located near the centre of town within walking distance. There are many markets in and around Hermanus. The Fernkloof Farmers' Market is held every Saturday and specializes in wholesome organic produce. Once a month the Onrus Market opens its doors with various knick-knacks, snacks, homebake, books and much more. The Lemm's Corner Craft Market every Saturday is an old favourite, with unique crafts, artwork, clothes and of course, food!
- Wine route. Hermanus has its own "wine route" in the Hemel and Aarde valley. The route starts with Wine village wine shop which has been voted as one of the best wine shops in the country. The route has picturesque views of the valley and ocean, once you have driven 9-11 km's up the route and look back upon the valley. Well known wineries on this route include Hamilton Russell, Bouchard Finlayson, Sumaridge and Newton Johnson.
- Hermanus has two harbours. The old and new harbour. The old harbour is a museum that stayed unchanged from the days that Hermanus was only a little fishing village. The New Harbour is an attraction for restaurants, boat lunching and other normal harbour activities.
- Golf. Hermanus Golf Course is world class with 27 holes.
- Type: Parkland
- Holes: 27
- Club Shop: Yes
- Tuition: Yes
- Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, drive carts, caddies
- Catering: Bar, restaurant, halfway house
- Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting and chipping greens
- Club Professional: Julian Shaw
Directions to the Hermanus Golf Course
Take the N2 out of Cape Town over Sir Lowry's Pass. Take the R43 turn off towards Kleinmond and Hermanus. This becomes Main Road as you enter Hermanus. Travel through the town centre and this will bring you to the entrance of the Hermanus Golf Course on your left hand side.
Visit the website at www.hgc.co.za
- A choice of many restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes.
- Caledon casino and Arabella Golf estate and Spa is situated close by.
Suburbs in Hermanus
- Mount Pleasant
- Hermanus Heights