Hermanus

Country

South Africa

Languages

English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Population

33,000

Area

24km²

The quaint seaside village of Hermanus is located on the Southern coast of the Western Cape. It is the best land-based whale watching destination in the world, and is considered South Africa’s Whale Watching Mecca. It is only 120 kilometers from Cape Town, making it a convenient and easy to reach destination. Southern Right whales visit Walker Bay from June to December to calve, and can be viewed from a boat, kayak, helicopter, plane, micro light or from the shore.

 

Hermanus has the world’s only Whale Crier, a local man who alerts you to the whereabouts of the whales by blowing his kelp horn. This bohemian town serves up excellent cuisine and fantastic markets. There are many eateries lining the streets, including ocean side pubs, award winning restaurants, local fish markets and relaxed cafés, not to mention world-class hotels.

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Attractions & Activities

A closer look at what your holiday could be.

There are more than 300 activities in and around Hermanus, some of which include shark cage diving in Walker Bay, abseiling, treetop tours, quad biking, world class golf, hiking, biking, fishing and swimming. Guests can venture out to explore the wine route, art route, specialty shops, local markets, and exquisite boutiques.

 

Hikes are exceptional in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, with diverse flora and stunning views. Canoeing or kite-surfing is of great quality on the lagoon, and Grotto Beach provides a beautiful track for horse riding.

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When to Visit Hermanus

Hermanus is a year round destination, but the best time to see the Southern Right Whale runs from August to November. During this period you can see the whales daily from the meandering cliff path, stretching from one side of Hermanus to the other.

December to March is a great time if to visit if you are after warm weather.  This is the perfect time to enjoy the oceans, lagoons and evening concerts in the open air Forest Theatre. The Hawston Sea Festival usually happens during the first week of December each year.  It attracts hundreds of visitors who enjoy the delicious sea foods such as fresh crayfish, perlemoen (abalone), paella and snoek dishes.

March to May brings about the mildest weather, making it a comfortable time to stay in the village. This is also the beginning of winter specials and Easter markets. June to the beginning of August is the start of whale season, and the best time of year to do Shark Cage diving in Gansbaai. This is the time when winter specials are in full swing, and when the markets and shops are full of interesting and beautiful winter attire.

Shark Cage Diving

"Hermanus is a great stop on any South Africa itinerary. If you are here between July and December make sure to do some boat based whale watching, and if you are feeling adventurous I also recommend shark cage diving, It is a thrilling experience! "

Owner & Founder - Adam Malmnas