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 R750
1 night, 2 adults

Snails' End Cottage

Sleeps 3 Sandbaai Self-catering in Sandbaai

Snails' End Cottage is a charming self-catering unit situated on a quiet street in Sandbaai, within ...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

The Seagull Hermanus

Sleeps 6 Sandbaai Self-catering in Sandbaai

The Seagull Hermanus is a lovely self-catering house centrally located in Sandbaai, Hermanus. The h...

from R1472
1 night, 2 adults

Villa Blu

Sleeps 12 Fernkloof Bed and Breakfast in Fernkloof

Villa Blu offers luxury 4 Star accommodation situated a short walk from the famous blue flag Grotto ...

from R680
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 R800
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 R1050
1 night, 2 adults

Abercron Residence

Sleeps 10 Fernkloof Self-catering in Fernkloof

Abercron Residence is a 4 Star luxury guest house situated directly above The Hermanus Golf Course, ...

from R1100
1 night, 2 adults

78on5th in Hermanus

Sleeps 21 Voelklip Self-catering in Voelklip

78on5th is owned and run by Jose and Ton and offer private, quiet accommodation off the main road, w...

from R1550
1 night, 2 adults

Hermanus Boutique Guesthouse

Sleeps 37 Hermanus Guest House in Hermanus

Hermanus Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation where you can experience comfort, tran...

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