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Whale, Walker Bay, Hermanus, South Africa


World-class whale watching & wine tasting

Visit Hermanus


The coastal village of Hermanus is one of the world's prime land-based whale watching spots. Located on the charming Garden Route coastline of the Western Cape, around 2.5 hours from Cape Town, it has plenty of upmarket boutiques and cafes and excellent wine tasting and vineyard tours. Hermanus is a great base for adventure activities, especially sea kayaking, canoeing, shark diving and hand gliding.

Whale watching

Whale watching, Hermanus, South Africa

Between May and September Southern Right Whales migrate from Antarctica to the waters off Hermanus. Here they mate, calve and rear their young in the sheltered bays along the coast, such as Walker Bay where they can easily be seen from the nearby cliff-tops. There are also good opportunities to spot humpback, minke and killer whales. The best viewing months are between July and November.

Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Named by Portuguese navigators, Aghulus means ‘needles', in part due to the fact that true north and magnetic north coincide here or perhaps because of the needle-sharp rocks, which jut the coast and have caused innumerable shipwrecks. The Agulhas National Park guards 56 km of protected coastline and the Fynbos-covered inland.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus 

The Fernkloof Nature Reserve protects a wide area of coast, fynbos and evergreen forest, as well as sensitive lagoons and river. Over 60 km of trails allow visitors to discover the Cliff Path Nature Area, Mossel River Valley, the mouth of the Vogelgat River and the Klein River Lagoon.

Hemel-en-Aarde valley

Hemel-en-Aarde valley, Hermanus

The Hemel-en-Aarde valley, to the north of Hermanus, is an excellent wine valley in the Overberg region with magnificent mountain views, unique, award-winning cellars and plenty of restaurants and picnic sites. The area's distinctive wines - popular chardonnays and an exceptional pinot noir - are similar to those from northern France.


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Hermanus holiday ideas

Southern right whale, Hermanus

South Africa: Cape, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,670 pp incl. flights

Turn out from Cape Town’s welcoming charms, golden-sand beaches and iconic skyline to taste your way through South Africa’s finest vineyards in the endlessly rolling Winelands before discovering the world’s best land-based whale watching in Hermanus.

Black rhinos in Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa

Kruger, Cape & Kalahari

11-day tailor-made holiday from £10,315 pp incl. flights

This once-in-a-lifetime trip is the ultimate safari experience, stopping off at Cape Town between Kruger National Park and South Africa’s largest private reserve.

Top places to stay in Hermanus

Grootbos, Hermanus, Whale Coast

Grootbos, Hermanus, Whale Coast

Contemporary lodge

Situated only two hours by car from Cape Town and 30minutes from Hermanus, Grootbos Lodge is centred in the heart of Cape’s sea, floral and wildlife landscapes.

The Marine Hotel, Hermanus

The Marine Hermanus, Whale Coast

Traditional hotel

Situated right on the seafront, The Marine Hermanus Hotel offers one of the most beautiful and natural landscapes. Perched on top of cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, The Marine boasts breath-taking views extending across Western Capes and beyond, with the best land-based whale watching in the world d…

Birkenhead House Hotel

Birkenhead House Hotel, Hermanus

Contemporary hotel

Birkenhead Hotel steals an enviable location with easy access to the beach and breath-taking ocean views.

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