Authentick Travel - Cape Whale Coast, South Africa

Authentick is an owner-operated travel service company based in the Western Cape coastal town of Hermanus in South Africa. Authentick provides airport shuttles, wedding- and event transfers, offers guided tours and day trips and reserves and book activities and accommodations in the Western Cape and Whale Coast regions.
We provide tailor-made holidays and can recommend the best and most fun activities.

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Hermanus, coastal sea view from the Kleiriviersberg Mountain

Our Team - Dedicated, adventures people

Leon Philander

Specialist Driver

Leon started as a specialist driver with Authentick in 2019. He loves driving and meeting new people from all over the world. This includes actors and actresses and even a StarWars director! His favourite food is lasagne and prefers summer as his favourite season. When he is not driving, he sometimes joins his guests on boat trips and sports events. His sports teams are the Springboks, Western Province Stormers, Germany and Manchester United and if he gets time for fun, he likes snorkelling, swimming and making short videos.

Specialist Driver

Lourens Erasmus

Tour Guide

Trained tour guide and driver Lourens Erasmus joined Authentick in 2019 but has lived in the town for over two decades. Initially he was recruited to consult on various tourism matters because of his 18 years of experience in the tourism industry, but was soon driving and guiding visitors in and round Hermanus. Apart from driving and guiding, Lourens assists with training new drivers. Lourens is also a pasta lover and enjoy a glass of good red wine on his off days. His favourite sport? “To work with tourists”.

Experienced Guide

John Peter

Tour Guide

Tourguide John Peter has been doing freelance work for Authentick since 2019. He loves meeting new people and showing them the beauty of the Western Cape province especially the diversity of people, cultures and nature. His favourite food is spaghetti bolognaise and his drink of choice is a good espresso. John loves hiking, reading biographies and history and supports the Springbok rugby team and the Proteas cricket players.


Simphiwe Malunda

Specialist Driver

Driver Simphiwe Malunda loves the diversity of guests and hearing different languages on his favourite routes to the airport and the V&A Warterfront. Questions he often answers are about the town and recommended activities which obviously includes whales and wines. Supporting soccer teams Kaiser Chiefs and Man United is exhausting business and he fortifies himself with pap and meat as well as cranberry juice. He would love to have a dog and if he gets his day as Minister of Tourism, he would do his best to sort out the quality of the roads, crime and the cleanliness of the country.


Brandon Arnoldus

Operations Manager

Operational manager Brandon Arnoldus loves working with his fantastic Authentick team to deliver world-class customer service. He enjoys dealing with clients from all over to solve to solve a problem of getting from point A to point B. Brandon enjoys diving and water-sports but his favourite land-based sport is supporting the ‘Bokke'. He loves springtime and steak, plays the piano in his church band and helps out with filming and editing.


Cally Hess

Accommodation & Bookings

Admin and reservations officer Cally Hees loves that every workday is different and busy. She loves to feel like she is working when she is working but her office in the Village Square near the historical old harbour, makes her feel as if she is on holiday, especially during her favourite season - whale time. She is not an enthusiastic cook - she can make pasta - but much rather prefer sushi from AK Sushi or TaiShan at the Hemel-en-Aarde Village. In her free time, Cally enjoys doing gel nails and likes easy sewing projects.


Jurie Steenekamp


Having moved to Hermanus almost 30 years ago, Jurie is deeply rooted in this breath-taking region and is committed to crafting unique itineraries that showcase the true essence of the Western Cape. With a wealth of local knowledge and a commitment to excellence, his team strive to create tailor-made itineraries that showcase the best of Hermanus's natural wonders, thrilling activities, and authentic experiences.

james quallsjames qualls
22:10 02 Jul 23
This is the second vacation in a row that my wife and I have relied on Hermanus Shuttle Service for our transportation needs. If you appreciate efficient, professional and courteous service, then look no further. Whether we required a ride to the airport or an all out sightseeing adventure, Hermanus Shuttle Service had us covered! Brandon and Cally made booking quick and easy. The experienced and knowledgeable drivers (Leon, Lourens, and Simphiwe) made us feel comfortable and safe on the road. Our drivers were always punctual, personable, and accommodating. The success of our vacations is due in no smaller part to their recommendations and superior service! If we could rate them more than 5 stars we would.
Sibusiso NdlovuSibusiso Ndlovu
11:45 26 May 23
I am so grateful for the service I got.Had lost my phone at the airport and it was found and sent to the airport saps.I asked them if they could kindly bring it back for me and they were so helpfulWords alone ain't enough to show my gratitude, forever grateful.
Meg SweazyMeg Sweazy
13:44 08 Mar 23
Great trip to the airport - driver was helpful, friendly and informative about the sites, terrain and history along the way. Definitely recommend!!
Ghezala abdul karimGhezala abdul karim
14:05 06 Mar 23
Efficient and professionalExcellent customer service
Raymond CaddickRaymond Caddick
17:53 09 Nov 22
Phoned Yuri to help out with my guys stuck in Hermanus. He didn't have available drivers, but was kind enough to take my number and whatsapp me two alternatives that could help me out. I can only highly recommend a business that has such helpful owner!
Jennifer StrongJennifer Strong
22:57 20 Aug 22
The Service was brilliant. The drivers were courteous and helpful. I can highly recommend Hermanus Shuttle Service.Leon drove me from the airport at 11.00 in the evening to Hermanus and such a careful driver whom I was impressed with.Thank you Hermanus shuttle service
Anne McKeagAnne McKeag
11:31 06 Aug 22
Leon Philander is an extremely careful and smooth driver, and our car was new and comfortable. Leon is polite, quietly spoken, efficient and helpful. He was 100% on time and reliable. Our 2 trips with him were stress free. If you are looking for a shuttle service this is the one to choose.
Marlize WalkenshawMarlize Walkenshaw
19:18 28 Feb 19
I highly recommend this - the driver was excellent in terms of knowledge and the route he opted to take us on.* Waenhuiskraans cave* Southern most point of Africa* Cape Agulhas lighthouse
Esta MorkelEsta Morkel
18:40 28 Feb 19
Wine tour in Hemel-and-Aarde Valley!What a great day our group had with our driver, John Peter - nothing was too much effort and we could enjoy the lovely wines and have lunch, without having to drive ourselves.Thanks so much - your service is 100% recommended

Your Questions

Hermanus is about an hour and a half from Cape Town vir the N2.
Peregrine Farm Stall, Grabouw and Houw Hoek Farm Stall, Elgin are two very popular stops along the route.
Clarence Drive is the alternative route to Hermanus; it's a magnificent scenic coastal drive from Gordons Bay to Rooi-Els. This beautiful, coastal drive stretches between the two towns over 21 km, hugging the wild turquoise Cape coastline all the way. If you like passes with lots of corners, then this one is for you, as it contains 77 bends, curves and corners of which four are in excess of 150 degrees. The road is in a beautiful condition and attracts tourists, locals, bikers and cyclists in their droves. Overtaking is fairly limited and in general one can expect to average well below 60 kph.
You should add at least 40 minutes to your travel time. Best to make provision for at least another hour, if you'd like to make use of the safe areas to stop for photos.

Accomodation and Activities

Authentick Travel offers various accommodation and outdoor, adventure activities. We cater for all group sizes; whether you are a newly wed couple, looking for a romantic getaway or an adventurous group, looking to get the adrenaline pumping.