Hermanus offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. This quaint seaside village is known a the land-based whale-watching capital of the world. However, it offers activities for the whole family, from golfing and paragliding to shark cage diving Gansbaai and wine tasting in the the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde valley. This unique coastal wine area is within close proximity, making Hermanus the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful part of the world.
Visit Hermanus to experience nature at its best. Meander along miles and miles of Blue Flag Certified beaches, go for romantic horse rides on the beach, or explore the endless cliff paths where the warm Indian Ocean meets the rocky outcrops that frame pristine landscape. Beaches include Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay.
Be sure to visit the Hermanus Country Market where Hermanus locals gather every Saturday morning. Enjoy great coffee, unforgettable brekkies, home bakes and the best of local craft in the Overberg. The market features local wines, handcrafted breads, delicious eats and treats. Come hungry and choose from over 35 local crafters to satisfy your appetite.
Another highlight is the Hermanus Whale Festival, an annual celebration of the return of the Southern Right Whales from their feeding grounds in Antarctica. Southern Right Whales frequent the South African waters from June to December to mate and to give birth to their offspring. September is one of the best months to be whale watching on the Cape Whale Coast of South Africa. This is when spring flowers bloom, whale mating groups are abundant and whale calves are born. Moreover, the chances are good that you will experience sunny, windless days during this time of year.