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Hermanus is situated at South Africa's south coast, near the Garden Route.


Hermanus Harbour

Hermanus, a picturesque seaside town situated in the Overberg area and on Walker Bay, is a popular holiday village close to Cape Town. Two words come to mind: holiday & Southern Right whale watching.

The town, embraced by majestic mountaintops, is most famous for being the home of the Southern Right Whale. Every year these gentle creatures of the sea migrate along the coast of South Africa with Walker Bay as one of their destinations, to calve and nurture their young.

From the harbour of Hermanus, boat trips depart on a regular basis to see these majestic whales from up-close. One can also stay ashore as Hermanus is the best land based whale watching destination in South Africa, and possibly the world, especially during the Hermanus Whale Festival.

Apart from whale watching, the area of Hermanus boasts some excellent holiday accommodation such as the Misty Waves. Also, plenty of possibilities to spend the day in an active way: hiking, fishing, boating, horse back riding, and more.

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Hermanus is around 1.5 hours drive from Cape Town Airport or 2 hours drive from the centre of Cape Town. Follow the N2 eastwards from Cape Town or westwards when coming from George and leave it near Caledon to join the R43. Alternatively, if coming from Cape Town, join the R44 at Somerset West to drive via the beautiful coastal road that takes you through Gordon's Bay, Betty's Bay (stop off at the penguin colony here if you have time) and Kleinmond and links up with the R43.

Hiring a car from Cape Town Airport is usually the most cost-effective way of travelling to Hermanus. There are also a number of transfer operators who will do airport pick ups / drop offs, including Percy Tours (also available for transfers to any location in the Overberg) who can be contacted on +27(0)72-062-8500 - or check their website at - [13].

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The centre of Hermanus is compact and can be explored on foot from most of the guesthouses.

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Coast near Hermanus

Whale watching in Hermanus is regarded by WWF and Greenpeace as being one of the world's best locations to watch Whales, it holds the annual week long Whale Festival which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016 from 30th September to 2nd October. The festival is South Africa's only eco-marine festival and attracts over 150,000 eager Whale watchers. You can find more information on the Whale Festival's website - [14]

Southern Right Whales, Humpbacks and Bryde Whales are spotted, with the highest number of 200 Whales ever being viewed in just ONE day. (Whale watching season is from early June to early December each year.) Penguins, seals and sea birds are also viewed, with occasionally pods of dolphin. Boat trips will take you out to sea to meet them up close

For loads more info, please check out - Whale Hermanus website - [15]

Hermanus also offers 100's of other amazing things to see and do -

for loads more info, please check out - Hermanus Activities website - [16]

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Go on a boat tour to see whales from very close. You might also see some from the coast and there is a whale watcher, whose only job is to spot whales that come along.

  • Great White Shark Tours, Kleinbaai (Follow the road through Hermanus to Gansbaai, turn right into Kleinbaai. The house is on the hill overlooking the harbour.), +27(0)833002138, [1]. 8:00-18:00. Come and join Brian McFarlane on his boat - Apex Predator - on a face to face experience with the ultimate hunter, the great white shark. They offer cage diving, no previous experience needed, and surface viewing in the area surrounding Dyer Island, host to one of the densest populations of great white sharks in the world. You'll have a chance to see great white sharks, penguins, dolphins, whales, seals and a variety of marine birds. R1250.  edit
  • Southern Right Charters (Whale Watching Hermanus), [email protected], +27(0)82 353 0550, [2]. Offers boat based whale watching in Walker Bay, with daily departures from June to December, aboard their purpose built catamaran which provides superior stability. On the trip you can mostly encounter the southern right whales, seals, penguins and marine birds, and often see dolphins, bryde’s and humpback whales on many of their trips.  edit
  • Percy Tours, +27 (0)72-062-8500, [3]. Percy Tours offer designer tours (and transfers) of Hermanus, Cape Town and the Western Cape with a fleet of luxury minibuses and cars, with Chauffeur Tour Guides on board. Wine Tours, Safaris, Whale Watching, Great White Shark cage diving, airport transfers, Quad Biking, Cessna plane flights over the whales, and kayaking with the whales.  edit
  • Hermanus Wine Tours, +27(0) 72 062 8500, [4]. The Hermanus Wine region has over 70 wineries, over 250 awarding wines for you sample and outstanding restaurants all set in scenic mountain views. Hermanus Wine Tours are conducted by a registered Cape Academy Wine Tour Guide and can be contacted on their website, at -  edit
  • Hermanus Activities, Tours and Adventures, +27 (0) 72-062-8500. Hermanus offers you 100s of amazing Activities and things to see and do - so please check them all out at -  edit

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  • Mosaic Farm, +27 (0)28 313-2814, [5]. On the south side of the Hermanus lagoon. Magnificent setting looking across the lagoon to the mountain from the restored stone manor house, "The Spookhouse", or from luxury African style Lagoon Lodge.  edit
  • FrancolinHof Guest House, 44 10th Avenue, Voëlklip, Hermanus, +27 (0)28 314-0571 (, fax: +27 (0)28 314-0587), [6]. This four star guest house is the first to receive a Gold rating for Accessibility. From R410 per person, discounted in winter.  edit
  • Hermanus Seafront, 31 Tobago Bay, +27 (0)83 629-4259, [7]. Self-catering accommodation, one-bedroom holiday apartment overlooks the sea - excellent for whale-watching or as a base to explore the region. From R600 per night.  edit
  • 19th Hole Guest Lodge, 281 Main Rd, Hermanus (Follow the main road towards Gansbaai, can't miss us! 281), +27(0)28 3122766, [8]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 11:00. 4 Star Bed and Breakfast situated close to the famous Hermanus cliff path which offers some the best land based whale watching in the world. The premisses was once the golf course club house and is therefor situated on the 27 hole Hermanus golf course. All 5 rooms are en-suite with french doors opening onto the golf course. The swimming pool area is ideal for relaxation and soaking up that South African sun. R900.  edit
  • Milkwood Lodge Hermanus, 152 Seventh Street ,Voëlklip, Hermanus 7200 (Getting here from Cape Town: Take the N2 and continue past the Airport to Somerset West. Either follow the N2 over Sir Lowry's Pass, turning onto the R43 after the Houwhoek Pass, or take the R44 along the coast and turn onto the R43 to Hermanus. Drive through the business centre until you get to a stop street, you will see the Marine Hotel on the right side. Carry on and pass the Golf Course until you get to a traffic circle – Main Road becomes Seventh Street at the traffic circle. Milkwood Lodge is 1.1 kms further along on the left side of the road. Drive past Milkwood Lodge and turn left into 10th Avenue, left into 6th Street and then left into 9th Avenue. You will see the entrance of Milkwood Lodge on your right hand side. Getting here from the Garden Route: The N2 brings you west past Swellendam and Riviersonderend. 10km past Riviersonderend turn onto the R326 to Stanford. At Stanford turn right onto the R43. Milkwood Lodge is situated 22km from Stanford on the R43. When you enter Hermanus there is a “Welcome to Hermanus” sign. Approximately 1.3 kms further you will see Milkwood Lodge on the right hand side.), +27 (0)28 314 1736, [9]. checkin: 12h30; checkout: 11h00. Milkwood Lodge 4 Star guesthouse offers B&B and selfcatering accommodation within walking distance of Grotto Beach and the seafront cliff path. The en-suite rooms have private patios and private entrances, some with twin and other with kingsize beds. There is a one bedroom cottage which is fully equipped and caters for 2 adults and 2-3 children. There are day beds in the lounge for the children. There are some rooms that cater for families. Ancient listed trees create the special ambience of this lodge. There is a swimming pool and barbeque facilities for guests use.\ R450.  edit
  • Harbour House Hotel, Check-in at 22 Harbour Road, 27 (0) 28 312 1799, [10]. Guests are offered a choice of accommodation from the historical architecture of the thatched roof seaside Manor House built in 1920, to the contemporary New Wing and Harbour Square. Breakfast included From R1150 per person.  edit
  • The Gallery Studios, Check-in at 22 Harbour Road, 27 (0) 28 312 1799, [11]. Set in what was once an art gallery, The Gallery Studios are creative living spaces which were conceptualized with the adventure traveller in mind From R500 per person.  edit
  • Walker Bay Manor, 323 Main Road, Hermanus, +27283122044, [12]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. Walker Bay Manor is a charming guest house with a pool and a lovely garden. There are six rooms en-suite of which one is wheelchair friendly, one is suitable for a family of three and one is a twin bedroom. Prices range from R950 to R1250 incl. breakfast depending on the season. The guest house is situated only a few minutes away from down town Hermanus, directly opposite the Cliff Path (perfect for whale watching) and around the corner of the 27-hole Hermanus Golf Club. R950.  edit

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