Hermanus is fast becoming one of the most loved holiday destinations amongst South Africans as well as international visitors. Wedged between mountain and sea offering spectacular views over Walker Bay, Hermanus promises remarkable natural beauty in the heart of the beautiful Cape Whale Coast in the Western Cape.
During the past decade, Hermanus has grown into a vibrant seaside destination complemented by fine restaurants, numerous art galleries, boutiques, shops as well as a multitude of outdoor and adventure activities for the nature enthusiasts.
Apart from its scenic beauty, Hermanus is known as the heart of the whale route and offers the best land-based whale watching in the world; undeniable the towns’ most popular tourist attraction. The Southern Right Whales come to South Africa between May and December to mate and calf and are the most frequently seen in Walker Bay.
Visitors can enjoy whale-watching from the famous cliff path situated along the coast, from aboard a boat or by plane. Hermanus is also home to the world’s only Whale Crier who blows his kelp horn when whales are spotted along the central sea route.
The well-known cliff path in Hermanus is approximately 12km long, hugging the coastline and offers whale-watchers fantastic opportunities to view these magnificent creatures.
The Hermanus Whale Festival takes place every year in September when whale-watching is at its peak and it has become one of the most popular events in South Africa. Visitors flock to Hermanus from far and wide to enjoy some of the best whale-watching available on our planet.
Whether you are planning a romantic Hermanus honeymoon, a dream wedding or a beach adventure holiday, Hermanus will not disappoint you. Visitors are spoilt for choice as far as accommodation options are concerned. Hermanus accommodation options include cosy bed and breakfast establishments, intimate guest houses, five star luxury hotels as well as self catering Hermanus accommodation. Visitors can choose between a large variety of accommodation options in Hermanus that will suit all tastes and styles.
Hermanus offers an adventure playground for adrenalin junkies and activities include shark cage diving, sea kayaking, abseiling, paragliding, horse-riding, sand-boarding, diving as well as awe-inspiring whale-watching opportunities. For those in need of some serious “rest and relaxation”, the soft white sandy beaches of Hermanus offers the ideal retreat.
Apart from all the adventure Hermanus has on offer, this beautiful seaside town has retained its traditional charm; known as a place of healing with “champagne” air – once visited, returning is inevitable.