Onrus is a small coastal village situated in the attractive Overberg region. It lies along a seaside strip, nestled between mountains and the turquoise ocean and mere minutes away from the centre of Hermanus.
This area of the Western Cape offers some of the most scenic and popular parts of the country, which come alive between October and January, thanks to the whales that visit at this each year. Every year approximately 60 to 100 of these marine giants pass by this coastline drawing visitors from all over the world!
Other than the majestic Southern Wright Whales, the prime attraction in Onrus is its sandy white beach. Nature lovers can enjoy picturesque walks and hikes, explore dozens of rock pools and experience all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer while swimming or snorkelling in its chilly waters.
Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice with the number of world class wine estates set in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley, where you can enjoy wine tasting with views across the orchards. The area is also famous for its champagne and quaint pubs to eclectic seafood eateries where you can enjoy the best perlemoen, crayfish and seafood dishes.
The name Onrus meaning 'restless' perfectly describes this quiet village which boasts a variety of Guesthouses and self-catering cottages for visitors to this popular coastline.
Things to do and see
- Onrus Beach
- Hermanus Beaches
- Cape Whale Coastline
- Overberg Fynbos Route
- Rotary Way
- Whalehaven Winery
- Hermanuspietersfontein Wine Farm
- Hoys Koppie
- Hermanus Cliff Path
- Ficks Pool, Hermanus 10 km
- Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
- Panthera Africa, Stanford 33 km
- Walker Bay Nature Reserve, 50 km
Onrus experiences a Mediterranean style climate with an annual rainfall of approximately 577 mm. Onrus receives most of its rainfall during the winter months from June to August.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 19˚C.
The history of this small town lies within the history of Hermanus. It goes without saying that the history of people in the area goes back thousands of years before the Europeans arrived on the scene. Discoveries in coastal caves show that early homo sapiens was living in and around the area as long as 70 000 years ago – a decorated stick of ochre found at Blombos cave near Stilbaai has been accurately dated to this era.
Onrus however, was established only in the early 1940’s when an artists colony grew just outside the centre of Hermanus and since the 1960’s, retirement villages and other complexes brought in a whole new set of residents.
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