Hermanus has become world renowned as a premier destination for land and sea based whale watching. Add to this the myriad restaurants, coffee shops, antique shops, markets, art galleries and endless outdoor activities and you have the very best base from which to explore the magnificent whale coast of South Africa.
The beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Route takes you on an exploratory journey of one of the finest wine routes the Cape has to offer. Many estates offering fine eateries where you can enjoy not only interesting cuisine but can sample their estate wines.
Annual festivals are many and well attended from far and wide. One of the most prolific being the annual Hermanus Whale Festival held historically at the end of September each year.
Pristine white beaches, some with Blue Flag status, offer endless walks, family picnics and water sports. The famous Cliff Paths of Hermanus make for one of the best whale watching viewing points. The paths stretch some 12 kms along the coast of Hermanus with benches dotting the walkway.
Hermanus offers unbeatable action for outdoor enthusiasts. From white shark cage diving to paragliding, ziplining and quadbiking. Pick your poison, there's always something to do and somewhere to be on the Cape Whale Coast.
Distance Hermanus To
- Baarskeerdersbos - 59.5 km (53 min)
- Betty's Bay - 47.6 km (43 min)
- Caledon - 40.6 km (38 min)
- Gansbaai - 42.5 km (32 mins)
- Kleinmond - 37.2 km (35 min)
- L'Agulhas - 109.4 km (1h39min)
- Napier - 73.8 km (53 min)
- Pearly Beach - 66.5 km (55 mins)
- Stanford - 24 km (20 min)
Take a walk up Hoy's Koppie for an incredible panoramic view of the whole of Hermanus and Walker Bay. This is the most incredible photo opportunity you could possibly have in Hermanus. Learn more about Sir William Hoy and his wife who lie buried at the top of Hoy's koppie.