Onrus is a coastal retreat of diverse beauty, magical unspoilt surroundings, quiet charm and warm people. Given its location five minutes from the picturesque Hemel en Aarde valley in the Western Cape, houses in Onrus are popular amongst those looking for a peaceful early retirement. This area stretches from the Onrust Mountain toward the Onrus River Lagoon, making property here the ideal notion for any nature lover. 

New state-of-the-art medical facility for Hermanus

 A multi-disciplinary, state-of-the-art medical centre is opening in Hermanus in January 2017, known as Hermanus Medical Village.

This brand-new development will include a three theatre, 22-bed Hermanus Day Hospital, Hermanus Oncology Centre, Spescare, a 20-bed sub-acute facility and Hermanus Elderly Care Place frail care facility.

Given the uniqueness of the town of Hermanus, with its scenic coastline, whale watching attractions and tranquil ambience, Hermanus Medical Village has the potential to be marketed overseas as a medical safari destination. 

The Absa Cape Epic 19-26 March 2017

In March 2017 the Absa Cape Epic returns to Hermanus for a spectacular 101km opening Stage, the first staging here since 2008. In the intervening years Hermanus has been turned into something of a mountain biking mecca, with a network of trails snaking across the nearby hills and valleys. Race director Kati Csak. “The riding around Hermanus is a lot of fun – with some tough climbs.  As always, the route will test both the skills and the stamina of the riders.” The race ends with Stage 7 taking riders to the new Grand Finale venue – the sumptuous Val de Vie Estate near Franschhoek.

Houses to rent in Onrus have become popular with holidaymakers who choose to escape the city and surround themselves in natural beauty. Not only does this area offer lovely holiday rentals, but Onrus also boasts a selection of beautiful residential homes and vacant land for purchase. If you’re thinking of investing in Onrus property, take a look at our available listings below.

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If lucky, 50 different true South African bird species can be spotted in Onrus. Of the 15 endemic species in South Africa, 12 can be spotted in the region. 

Wine Routes

Wine Routes

Onrus - a mere 5 minutes drive to the start of the Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley.

Shark Cage Diving and Dolphins

Shark Cage Diving and Dolphins

Pleasure cruises to sea leaving Kleinbaai Harbour.



Hermanus Golf Club, Arabella Golf Estate and Kleinmond Golf Club are all within close proximity.

Living in Onrus

Areas near to Onrus

Arabella Country Estate, Arniston, Bettys Bay, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Cape Agulhas, Elgin, Gansbaai, Greyton, Hermanus, Kleinmond, Napier, Pringle Bay, Rooi Els, Stanford, Struisbaai, Swellendam, Villiersdorp,

Whale Watching

Boat trips leave from Hermanus Harbour, a 10 min drive away. The Southern Right Whales come to our coast June - November. 

Retirement Villages

Kidbrooke Place, Onrus Manor, The Village of Golden Harvest.


Hermanus Medi-Clinic is a 10 minute drive from Onrus.


Just a short drive away, Hermanus offers everything from quaint bakeries to a larger shopping complex, so there’s little reason to ever travel far to find what you need. Along with fashion boutiques and everyday supplies, the town also offers a host of restaurants to suit locals and tourists alike.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius