Whale Coast

Hermanus is a small town (population of just under 50 000) located on the southern coast of the Western Cape. Famous for being the place to which the Southern Right Whales return every year, this quaint and friendly town plays host to these magnificent creatures during the South African winter as they reproduce and give birth in the surf off the coast. During this period, the village comes to life and visitors can enjoy truly remarkable whale watching and experience some of the other attractions Hermanus has to offer.

Discover why Hermanus is world-renowned as South Africa’s premier whale watching destination when you embark on an unforgettable voyage around Walker Bay, allowing you to view these gentle giants at play in the ocean. A haven for nature lovers, visitors to Hermanus can lose themselves in the beauty of the lush mountain trails and walks that surround the village and explore the Cape’s thriving floral kingdom known to be the world’s most diverse botanic ecosystem. Whether you want to study the indigenous birdlife, experience the adventure of deep-sea fishing or just take in the beauty of the blue flag Grotto beach, Hermanus has a lot to offer.

Inquisitive travellers can venture out on tours and trips to Stanford, local wine farms situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde wine valley, and townships, while others might be more inclined to relax with a round of golf, yoga or a leisurely bike ride. Of course, for those who crave a more adrenalin-filled African adventure, shark cage diving is available, as well as quad bike riding, sea kayaking and excellent scuba diving.

A unique example of the African travel experience, Hermanus is situated only two hours drive from Cape Town and should be a definite stop on any trip to the Mother City.

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