History of Hermanus

Pay our charming village of Hermanus, renowned for its champagne air and well-known as the Riviera of the South, a visit and a whole new world will open up to you.

Hermanus was discovered in the early 1800s by sheep farmers who, following the traditional “Elephant Path” down to the coast, discovered the grazing and fishing potential. News of the beauty and the “healing air” in Hermanus spread quickly and rumour has it that the early 1900s saw Harley Street physicians prescribing and recommending the Hermanus area for convalescing patients.

Hermanus, originally known as Hermanuspietersfontein, is acknowledged world-wide as one of the best land based whale watching spots in the world. The wonder and majesty of the whales frolicking in Walker Bay as close as l0 metres from shore delights both young and old. The Southern Right whales frequent the Hermanus village from early June to the end of November each year and visit our shores yearly to mate and calve.

The Greater Hermanus area comprises the charming village of Hermanus; Sandbaai, a fast developing area a mere 2 kms from Hermanus; Onrus River, famous for its rustic tranquillity just 5 kms from Hermanus and Vermont, approximately 8 kms from the heart of Hermanus village.

Although the Cape Town International Airport is a mere 120 kms away and a short 90 minute drive to Hermanus, the village has retained its rustic and laid-back fishing village atmosphere. Hermanus lies in a narrow coastal strip between the mountains and sea which lends to its charm. All modern conveniences are available as well as excellent medical facilities. A first class road takes one through beautiful countryside to a town of unequalled charm and a treasure house of surprise for all to enjoy. These villages have become popular hideaways for city dwellers seeking a weekend break, as well as many overseas investors who spend their winters in sunny South Africa.