The coastal village of Hermanus is one of the world's prime land-based whale watching spots.
Hermanus is a great base for adventure activities, especially sea kayaking, canoeing, shark diving and hand gliding.
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 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
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.
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.
Top itineraries in Hermanus
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.
Top places to stay in Hermanus
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.
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…
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