The coastal enclave of Onrus is situated in the attractive Overberg region of the Western Cape. Lying on a seaside strip, mere minutes from Hermanus, Onrus is nestled between mountains, rivers, lagoons, and the turquoise ocean. The area is famous for its “champagne” air and the abundance of Southern Right Whales spotted off the shore in season. Browse our list of excellent Onrus accommodation below.
The town of Onrus is set on the sought after Onrus Peninsula, with the Onrus River on one side and the Haarder Bay Marine Reserve on the other. Offering some of the most beautiful scenery in the Cape, Onrus is perfect for families and couples who need a few days to escape from the “rat race”. White, sandy beaches, lagoons, nature walks, warm hospitality, and delicious foods are a few things visitors can look forward to during their stay.
Onrus is located just a short drive away from the centre of Hermanus (1.2km away as the crow flies) with its many popular tourist attractions, yet it offers a quieter alternative for visitors to come back to at the end of the day. It boasts a range of restful accommodation, from guest houses to self-catering establishments.
Anyone who has spent time in Onrus will agree that its prime attraction is the white sandy beach where one can enjoy beach games, sun tanning, swimming, surfing, and whale watching between June and December. Crayfish diving (with a permit) can be enjoyed in Onrus, as well as golfing at Hermanus Golf Club or Arabella Golf Course, and exploring historic attractions such as Hermanus’ Old Harbour.
Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice with the number of world class wine estates set along the breath-taking Hemel en Aarde Valley. Enjoy wine tasting with views across the orchards to the mountains in the distance. After a day of sun and wine, be sure to take advantage of the range of excellent eateries available in Onrus. From quaint pubs to eclectic seafood eateries, you can enjoy the best perlemoen, crayfish, and seafood dishes.
Nature lovers visiting Onrus can enjoy picturesque walks and hikes along the peninsula to Onrus lagoon or along the meandering coastal foot paths. Swimming and snorkelling can be enjoyed in the interesting rock pools along this path. Other activities to be enjoyed in Onrus include a visit to DV Artisan Chocolate, known for its dedication to ancient chocolate making techniques; the only “bean to bar” chocolate maker in South Africa; as well as nearby activities including shark cage diving in Gansbaai, browsing Hermanus’ craft markets, and horse riding.
Make the most of your stay by booking one of our scenic Onrus accommodations listed below.