Hermanus, Western Cape, is a charming coastal town that offers visitors a perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, and relaxation. With so much to see and do, it can be challenging to know where to begin. In this post, we will be highlighting some of the best things to see and do in Hermanus.
1. Go Whale Watching
Hermanus is one of the best places in the world to spot whales. Every year, from around June to December, southern right whales migrate to the town's shallow bays to breed. Visitors can go on whale watching tours to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. The tours usually last for about two hours and offer an unforgettable experience.
WHALE WATCHING BOAT TOURS
COST: R1220 per adult. R610 children under 12yrs. R1120 for students & seniors. Under 3yrs free.
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2. Take a walk/run on the Cliff Path
The Cliff Path is a picturesque 12 km walk along the coastline, starting from the New Harbour and ending at Grotto Beach. The path offers breathtaking views of the ocean and is an excellent spot for whale watching. The walk takes around three hours, but visitors can choose to do shorter sections.
Hermanus is situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands and is home to many excellent vineyards. Visitors can go wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hamilton Russell Vineyards and Creation Wines are some of the popular wineries to visit.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a botanical wonderland and offers visitors an opportunity to see over 1,600 species of plants, including fynbos, proteas, and ericas. Visitors can explore the reserve on foot, with trails ranging from easy strolls to more challenging hikes.
5. Try Adventure Sports - Fatbiking, Horseriding and Mountainbiking
For those looking for an adrenaline rush, Hermanus offers a range of adventure sports activities. Fatbiking is a unique way to explore the sand dunes, while horse riding provides a scenic way to enjoy the countryside. Mountain biking enthusiasts can explore the surrounding mountains and enjoy spectacular views.
6. Try Sea Kayaking
Sea Kayaking is a great way to explore the coastline and see some incredible marine life up close, including whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, and a variety of seabirds. Visitors can go on guided sea kayaking tours that take them to secluded coves and hidden beaches. The tours usually last for two hours and are suitable for all skill levels.
COST: R500 per person, minimum age: 10 years and tours require a minimum of 2 participants.
7. Visit the Saturday Morning Market
The Hermanus Country Market is held every Saturday morning and offers visitors a chance to try some of the town's best artisanal produce. The market has stalls selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts and is an excellent place to grab breakfast or lunch.
8. Explore the Art Scene
Hermanus is known for its vibrant art scene, with a variety of galleries and art studios showcasing the work of local artists. Visitors can explore the Hermanus Art Route, which takes them through the town's many galleries and exhibitions. The Whale Coast Art Route is another great option, taking visitors on a scenic tour through the picturesque Overberg region, where they can discover the work of some of South Africa's most talented artists. From contemporary art to traditional crafts, Hermanus is a hub of creativity and is sure to inspire art lovers of all kinds.
On the first Friday of every month there is also a "First Fridays Artwalk", which is a monthly event where galleries and studios stay open late, and visitors can explore the art scene while enjoying live music and refreshments.
Hermanus is a food lover's paradise, offering a wide variety of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. Seafood is a highlight of the local cuisine, with restaurants serving up fresh catches straight from the ocean. Visitors can also indulge in some of the town's famous fish and chips, or try some of the delicious street food on offer. For those looking for a more upscale dining experience, there are many fine dining options to choose from, with menus featuring locally sourced ingredients and an extensive selection of South African wines. From casual eats to gourmet cuisine, Hermanus has something for every palate.
10. Enjoy Incredible Beaches
Hermanus is known for its magnificent beaches. The town has a number of beaches that are popular among locals and tourists alike. Grotto Beach is a stunning, Blue Flag beach. It is the largest and most popular beach in Hermanus, offering soft white sand, crystal-clear waters, and excellent swimming conditions. Another popular beach is Voëlklip, which is famous for its stunning scenery and great surfing opportunities. Other beaches in the area include Langbaai, Kammabaai, and Onrus Beach, each offering its own unique charm and appeal.
11. Enjoy a Beer Tasting Experience
Beer lovers won't want to miss the chance to sample some of the local craft brews on offer in Hermanus. The town is home to several breweries and taprooms, each offering a unique range of beers and ales. Visitors can take a brewery tour and learn about the brewing process, or simply sit back and relax with a cold one in a lively atmosphere. Whether you're a serious beer aficionado or just looking to unwind with a refreshing pint, Hermanus has plenty to offer in the way of beer tasting experiences.
In conclusion, Hermanus, Western Cape, offers visitors a plethora of activities to choose from. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, this charming little town has something for everyone.
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