This lovely town, on the coastal area of the Overberg, is most well known for its awesome land based whale watching.

Most of Hermanus’ shoreline is rocky cliff, quite high above Walker Bay so it offers fantastic viewpoints from which to observe the huge southern right whales as they come into the bay to mate, calve and just hang out in the (relatively) warm water. (It’s warmer than Antarctica.) A whale crier blows a horn made from kelp and informs locals and tourists alike where the whales are to be found at any given time. The whales usually arrive in late winter – towards the end of June or beginning of July – and stay until autumn, with the last stragglers heading back down south in November, or even December. The town holds a whale festival every year from the end of September to the beginning of October.

There is a fabulous path, most of which is wheelchair-friendly, along the cliff top. As well as the lovely sea views and sightings of whales, there are many pretty and fragrant flowers. It is a wonderful path and it’s generally safe but use your common sense and don’t walk alone on it when there are hardly any other people about. There is also a boat based whale watching operator based in the New Harbour. Other attractions in this lovely town include a wine tasting cellar, a museum, in which you can see many exhibits pertaining to whaling and fishing, and a golf course.

The nearby Hermanus Lagoon is a great place to sail or paddle, and the paragliding is excellent. The diving is great and Hermanus is a popular beach destination, even though there is only one beach. For nature lovers a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a great way to get up close to the dainty montane coastal fynbos which attracts scores of jewel bright sunbirds and elegant sugarbirds which flit about the proteas. There are loads of marked trails for strolls or long walks taking in the extensive views of Walker Bay.

Hermanus is just bursting at the seams with good restaurants, lovely guest houses and characterful hotels.

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Westcliff (Hermanus) Westcliff (Hermanus)
Suburb of Hermanus

Life without whales
Like previous reviews Hermanus is about whales.We visited out of season. Bettie's Bay is reasonably close by which affords the visitor to a great experience to view cape penguins.
Graham butson
England

Sandbaai Sandbaai
Town of Hermanus

Holiday or weekend stay
Sandbaai is a beautiful place, the beach front is what appeals so much with the remote feeling you get even if there are other people about. It is convenient and has all the necessary shops and amenities nearby. Hermanus centre is only a short 10 minutes away. Lovely place and definitely one of my favourites. Riette
riette gara
South Africa

Sandbaai Sandbaai
Town of Hermanus

Wonderful discovery
Sandbaai is a small, quiet community between Onrus and Hermanus. It's just across from the gateway to the Hemel-en-Aarde wine route. Lots of lovely restaurants and shops just across the way. The beach is dog-friendly and uncrowded. Mostly families and children exploring all the rock pools. A fantastic place for a quiet family getaway.
Anna Adlard
South Africa


Hermanus
I will definitely go back to Hermanus. Beautiful views, lovely food and wine.
hesther de waal
South Africa


Fantastic Whale Viewing
We enjoyed our stay in Hermanus, even though it was just for two days. The lovely walk along the promenade, it is well kept and clean, and there are many different restaurants to choose from. There is a lovely little wine shop that must be visited. The staff are well-informed and offer friendly service. The wine route is also exceptional with lovely and interesting varieties of wine for tasting.
charmaine Kotze
South Africa

Westcliff (Hermanus) Westcliff (Hermanus)
Suburb of Hermanus

Absolutely breathtaking
We loved the cliff path. So well maintained. We could easily live in Hermanus - we found the folk very friendly and helpful.
Rev. T. R. Snyman
South Africa


Great beaches
I didn't know much about Hermanus prior to our one-night stopover. Now that I've been, I recommend at least two nights. It’s a lovely smallish town with great beaches like Grotto Beach and awesome views. A friend from London recommended we try the roti at Village Foods - it was absolutely delicious.
Anthea O'Reilly
South Africa


Weekend in Sandbaai
We were very happy in Sandbaai as it is a lot quieter than Hermanus. We found Hermanus very nice but extremely busy.
Mike Rigby
South Africa


A special place
Hermanus is a very special place to visit, not just for their famous Southern Right Whales, but also for their Blue Flag beaches, world famous Cliff Path, the many hiking paths in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and many more attractions.
Wendy Clark
South Africa

Vermont ZA Vermont ZA
Town of Hermanus

Good location
Good location and not too far from Hermanus
van de velde koen
South Africa


Heaven is a place on earth
Hermanus is a little piece of Heaven and if it is peace and tranquility you're after, look no further! Awesome landscapes and the whales is an added bonus. Love Hermanus!
Michelle Gardiner
South Africa


Hermanus Whales
Hermanus is the place for watching whales!
Robert Boldrino
Austria

Vermont ZA Vermont ZA
Town of Hermanus

Discover Vermont near Hermanus
Situated an easy 8-km drive from the bustling Hermanus, lies Vermont, a new and quiet area with beautiful homes, views, beach and walking trails. The pristine Brekfis Bay beach, Vermont Nature Reserve and hiking trails are a pleasure for nature lovers who at night can enjoy the bright stars visible over the area. Vermont borders on a number of green belts created in an effort to maintain the inherent tranquillity and endemic fynbos and bird life in the area. Vermont serves mainly as a holiday village, its residents making their way here primarily during holiday seasons. The area is well...
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Pauli Roodbol
South Africa


Unspoilt Natural Wonder
I spend a weekend in Hermanus, the beach is gorgeous. i enjoy morning waking up in the morning and just watching the sea breeze and birds. I really had a great time experiencing nature's unspoilt destination. i will definitely visit again.Nomonde Mnengisa
Bethwell Betana
South Africa


Charlotte Wood ~ Loving Hermanus
My husband and I spent an unforgettable 3 days celebrating our 22 wedding anniversary in Hermanus. This is the third time we've spent an anniversary there. So you can guess why we love Hermanus so much! We stayed at the Bamboo House bed and breakfast and dined two nights at La Pentola restaurant. The food is amazing and their service outstanding. This time of the year, being September, the whales and dolphins were all over the bay. The walks along the cliff paths is one to experience, along with the view of the mountains. It's absolutely breathtaking! I have family arriving March 2013 from...
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charlotte wood
South Africa


family time of the special kind
we had an unforgettable two nights in Hermanusexperiencing the magnificent views and fun night life, the invigourating walks along the cliff paths... chasing the setting sun to get the perfect picture, and the waves breaking on the rocks below and showering us with a cloud of water, drenching us all from head to toe... what a blast ! our two adult daughters shared these times with us,will definitely go back for another visit soon, hopefully when the whales are in town !! two nights was not long enough. sandy pollastrini
sandy pollastrini
South Africa


Amazing Hermanus
We spent just 2 days and one night in Hermanus, just after doing the 2012 Cape Argus Cycle ride and found Hermanus to be absolutely amazing. The seaviews and the beach were absolutely stunning and we cannot wait to be able to spend time there again for a longer period to be able to explore all that is on offer. We absolutely loved it, the central area is all within walking distance and there is a 'safe' feeling there.Vernon and Vivienne van der Merwe
Vernon van der Merwe
South Africa

Sandbaai Sandbaai
Town of Hermanus

Sandbaai
Sandbaai has lovely accommodation on offer and is just up the road from Hermanus, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of Sandbaai or go not too far and have the hustle and bustle of Hermanus. We have been to Sandbaai a number of times and always enjoy our stay
Lucille De Oliveira
South Africa


Splendid sea an whale spume!
Hermanus, the place with vibe and view, friendly people and fabulous whale whatching. Fantastic food and festive feasts of wine and dine.We stayed at Whale Rock estate with a breathtaking view of the wild ocean. We dined at Burgandy's and the Harbour Rock, and enjoyed lovely fish and beautiful deserts. We would be back to enjoy all the wonderful elements of this creative and artistic town, we will visit again to experience the beauty where the mountain and the sea meet.Celeste Loriston
Celeste Loriston
South Africa


A living memory
Hermanus with its breathtaking landscape views and little village like shopping centre , has always meant the world to me.
erica engelbrecht
South Africa