Geography and History
Hermanus is situated in the heart of the Whale Route, just 100km from Cape Town on the Cape Whale Coast of the Western Cape in South Africa. Hermanus has developed from a rustic fishing village into one of the world’s best whale-viewing sites.
Hermanus offers visitors magnificent scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops, endless adventure options and a wide selection of restaurants & coffee shops. Visitors from near and far flock to the town to enjoy its many charms while local residents and homeowners savour the privilege of living in this unique region.
The Fernkloof Nature Reserve with over 1600 identified species of indigenous Fynbos offers stunning hikes, a mountain bike trail and a short wheel chair accessible path. Examples of flowers in bloom are on display at the reserve’s centre. Porcupines, baboon, klipspringer, grysbok, genet, mongoose and otter, and over 92 species of birds can been viewed in the reserve.
The secluded, rock-sheltered coves and the long, pristine beaches are perfect for strolling, swimming and surfing.
Other outdoor activities include cycling, kayaking, paragliding, scenic chartered plane flights, paint ball, horse riding, quad biking, golf, fly fishing, tree top sliding, scuba diving, canoe river trips, canopy tours, quad biking and horse riding. Hermanus also has facilities for tennis, squash, bowls and fishing.
Shopping is a treat with interesting local art, jewellery, pottery and crafts to choose from.
The Hemel-en-Aarde valley is home to world-renowned wineries. This picturesque valley with cool maritime climate and excellent soil composition produces some of the most unique varieties and interesting blends found in the world.
Abalone - known locally as perlemoen - is known the world over as being a delicacy and Abalone Tours can be arranged here too.
Hermanus is well known as the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Southern Right whales visit Walker Bay from June through to December and can be viewed from aboard a boat, an airplane or the shore. Hermanus is home to the world’s only Whale Crier who blows his kelp horn when whales are spotted along the coast.
Hermanus hosts an annual whale festival at the end of September, when the Southern Right whales come into the local bay during the mating season. Prior to this main whale festival a "Kalfiefees" (or "Calf Festival") is held, to welcome the first whales (usually in August). Both festivals are characterized by food and craft stalls and also attract South African drama productions to the town.
Accomodation facilities in the Hermanus area include Luxury guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, self catering, lodges, hotels and budget travel facilities.
|Hermanus Tourism Office Information|
|Telephone:||+27 (0)28 312 2629|
|Address:||Old Station Building
C/o Mitchell & Lord Roberts Stre