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Hermanus Travel Guide

 

Description

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.

In and Around

Accommodation near Hermanus

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R660
1 night, 2 adults

A Farm House

Sleeps 4 Onrus Self-catering in Onrus

Come and visit a farmhouse in picturesque Onrus on the outskirts of Hermanus. This bed and breakfast...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Anchors Rest Hermanus

Sleeps 12 Westcliff (Hermanus) Guest House in Westcliff (Hermanus)

Anchor's Rest is situated in the quaint seaside village of Hermanus, 120 km from Cape Town. We are 1...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Brown Jug

Sleeps 12 Eastcliff Guest House in Eastcliff

Abel, Louise and Luke, the friendly Labradors Keesha and Tula, and kitties It and Squeek look forwar...

from R1100
1 night, 2 adults

Pat's Place

Sleeps 18 Fernkloof Guest House in Fernkloof

The guest house is conveniently situated a stone's throw away from the middle of the 12 km cliff pat...

from R880
1 night, 2 adults

Fernkloof Lodge

Sleeps 8 Fernkloof Self-catering in Fernkloof

Fernkloof Lodge offers an artistically and elegantly decorated home with an eclectic combination of ...

from R770
1 night, 2 adults

Bamboo Beach Seaside Guest House

Sleeps 16 Sandbaai Guest House in Sandbaai

Bamboo Beach Seaside Guest House is located in Sandbaai. Sandbaai is one of the newer suburbs in the...

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