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Location:Garden Route, South Africa

Garden Route

Schulphoek Guest House

If you want to sound like a seasoned South African traveller, a well-heeled whale-watcher and a Hermanus veteran, you'll pronounce Schulphoek like this: skilp-HOOK. And if you stay at this charming guesthouse once, you'll probably come back several times to practice.

Situated about 50m from the sea and a short drive out of the mêlée of Hermanus on the Garden Route, Schulphoek is a small, intimate and welcoming guesthouse offering true South African hospitality.

Mannes, Petro and Chef Rebecca welcome you into their family-run guesthouse with open arms, a complimentary first-night meal at the restaurant and a guided tour of Mannes's sensational wine cellar. The sea-facing lounge and restaurant are on permanent lookout for whales that come within splashing distance of the seashore every year from July to November.

All six of the standard rooms face the garden and the main luxury suite offers a beautiful uninterrupted sea view (at a price though, so consider booking into a standard suite and enjoying the view and the whale watching from the convivial communal lounge).

Décor is suitably beach cottage with bright furniture, large windows and terracotta tiles. The indigenous garden and fynbos-covered dunes all around do their best to compete with the crashing waves of the ocean at your doorstep.


Six double rooms and a luxury suite; comfortable beds; percale cotton; ceiling fans; air conditioning; wall-heaters; heated towel rails; sitting area; safe; gowns and slippers; entertainment centre; coffee/tea; sherry and water; hair dryer; communal lounge with sea views and honesty bar; restaurant; wine cellar; swimming pool


Hermanus is a short drive along the coast with plenty of restaurants, shops and whale watching activities; spa treatments; golf and sports facilities; nature reserves; wine farms; cheese farms; horse riding and, breathe out slowly, relaxing in the summerhouse by the pool.

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About Us

Staff party photo from 2019 showing all staff smiling
  • Wilmari Wilmari
  • Bianca Bianca
  • Ulrike Ulrike
  • Chantelle Chantelle
  • Ashlee Ashlee
  • Bonique Bonique
  • Tessa Tessa
  • Janine Janine
  • Carmen Carmen
  • Anja Anja
  • Kirsti Kirsti
  • Petra Petra
  • Leandrie Leandrie
  • Jessica Jessica

“NTS was AMAZING! Special thanks to Wilmari for the best trip we have ever taken. 100% recommend!”

“This was a "bucket list" trip for us. It could not have been better. HIGHLY recommend you ask for Bianca.”

Ulrike helped us plan our safari for 2 years... patience of a saint and the insight and knowledge of a true local.”

“Ask for Chantelle, a true legend of patience, availability and efficiency. Will highly recommend.”

“I cannot say enough about this great company and Ashlee herself... best honeymoon we could have wished for!”

Bonique's recommendations were perfectly tailored to our needs with foresight and local knowledge... flawless.”

“The service and help we got from Tessa was fantastic, as a result we had a tremendous trip.”

Janine proposed us a great trip and it was nice to meet with her in Swakop. Definitely recommend!”

“I have no words to express my gratitude to Carmen and the NTS team for their excellent work.”

“Our family would like to thank Anja and everyone at NTS for organising such an incredible trip for us.”

Kirsti arranged the best family holiday we have ever had... highly recommended.”

“We worked with Petra and everything went flawlessly... can't recommend NTS highly enough!”

Leandrie was very patient listening to my needs and catering to my budget... Everything worked perfectly!”

Jessica was AMAZING and so helpful with all of our concerns and questions - we had the most amazing trip.”