No man made attraction will ever be able to hold a candle to these majestic creatures. Every year they migrate down to the Hermanus coast to give birth to their little ones, hanging around in the waters for four to five months. This makes Hermanus one of the very best land- and boat based whale watching destinations in the country.
With its Mediterranean climate and whale watching potential it’s really no surprise that Hermanus’ beaches are one of its biggest assets. What’s more, Hermanus is home to a wide variety of beaches, suitable for everyone from the surfer to the kiddies and even those confined to a wheel chair.
Much of Hermanus’ allure lies in its natural splendour, much of which can only be appreciated and viewed on foot. Around the town you’ll find a number of trails leading over and under cliffs, along the edge of the ocean and through natural stretches of Cape flora. Many of these trails lead through nature reserves and can be explored either on your own or under the leadership of a trained tour guide.
The Whale Crier
Hermanus is the only town in the world that has a whale crier and, just like the whales, he’s become somewhat of a tourist attraction in his own right. Using a unique kelp horn the crier uses a series of blowing techniques to announce various points along the coastline where a whale has been spotted, as well as the number of whales.
The Whale Festival
With the arrival of the whales comes the arrival of thousands of tourists and guests, ready to welcome the beauties into national waters. This is no small affair: Stalls pop up all around town, foodies bring their very best produce and even the country’s biggest stars are known to deliver performances in celebration of the whales.
Wine & Dine
Just inland of Hermanus you’ll encounter a number of wine estates, known for producing top class wines as well as gourmet cuisine. The region’s climate is simply perfect for cultivating grapes and the ocean air definitely gives the juicy fruit a delicious boost.
The Walker Bay Nature Reserve
This untouched stretch of coast stretches all the way from De Kelders to Hermanus Lagoon. The reserve is home to plenty of coastal bird life and dune vegetation such as blombos, sour fig and waxberry. What makes this reserve even more spectacular is that you can actually camp within its borders at places like Uilenkraalsmond, experiencing Mother Nature in a more personal way.
The Hermanus Golf Club
This stunning course was recently redesigned by Peter Matkovich and has been rated as one of the best in the country. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the course boasts majestic views of both the ocean and mountains. The surrounding trees and greenery is home to an abundance of animal life as well as a plethora of Cape flora.