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HermanusSouth Africa

Whale watching and watersports, nature reserves and hiking trails, handicraft and food markets all make this whale watching destination very popular.

Hermanus is one of the world’s finest land-based whale watching destinations and a lively resort town that preserves the charm of a fisherman’s village. Situated along Walker Bay and backed by mountains, several factors contribute to the town’s appeal: Natural scenery, a mild climate, adventure sports and a close proximity to Cape Town.

No visit to Hermanus would be complete without experiencing the majestic sight of the southern right whale. Large numbers arrive from June to November to mate. Walk along the cliff tops to viewpoints, including Castle Rock and Sievers Point, or join a boat tour to get within touching distance. Learn more about the giant mammals at the Whale House Museum.

Go to the Old Harbour to get a feel for Hermanus as a fishing village. A small museum exhibits fishing heritage artifacts and displays local marine life in a variety of aquariums. Stroll around the quiet town streets to find independent art galleries and clothing boutiques, jewelry and handicraft shops. Visit the weekly markets to shop for original artwork and one-of-a-kind crafts and to sample locally-produced food and wine.

The long stretch of beach at Hermanus offers solitude to walkers and sunbathers while the ocean and nearby Klein River Lagoon present abundant water-based activities, such as kayaking and surfing. Nearby Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a delight for lovers of nature and adventure. Hike or cycle some of the 37-mile (60-kilometer) network of trails. Observe over 90 bird species and countless plant varieties. Relax with a picnic and admire the mountain and sea views. For a bird's-eye view of Hermanus and Walker Bay, take a tandem paragliding flight.

Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the chance to visit the bodegas of the Hermanus Wine Route, where you can take cellar tours and enjoy wine tastings. Drive along Shaw’s Pass, a scenic mountain road that connects Hermanus with the town of Caledon.

Hermanus is located 71.5 miles (115 kilometers) southeast of Cape Town. Rent a car to make the journey and to enjoy the surrounding wine region and spectacular coastal scenery.

Where to stay in Hermanus

Top hotels in Hermanus

One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel
One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
1 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape
The price is £76 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb

Located in Westcliff, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Cliff Path and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Whalehaven Winery. Fernkloof ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (110 reviews)

"Lovely place. Great staff . Friendly, clean and very well place d to walk into town ."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2020

One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel
138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse
138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse
4 out of 5
138 Kus Road, Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape
The price is £66 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

Situated in Hermanus, this beach guesthouse is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and within 3 miles (5 km) of Whalehaven Winery and Cliff Path. Fernkloof ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (97 reviews)
Let down by its cleanliness and the service

"Very pretty guest house right on the beach in Sandbaai, approximately 7-10 minutes drive from the town center of Hermanus. The location is picture perfect! Our room was comfortable if a little on the small side - equipped with a fridge, coffee station, air conditioning and the usual amenities. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse
Abalone Guest Lodge
Abalone Guest Lodge
4 out of 5
306 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape
The price is £194 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb

Located in Fernkloof, this guesthouse is within 2 miles (3 km) of Voelklip Beach, Grotto Beach and Hermanus Beach. Cliff Path is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Fantastic find.

"Amazing place, amazing staff, amazing location. Would recommend anyone looking for quality accommodation with great views, fantastic food and easy access to Hermanus town. Looking forward to visiting again."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2017

Abalone Guest Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Hermanus

Hermanus Beach Club
Hermanus Beach Club
3.5 out of 5
106 Hermanus Beach Club, Church Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Whalehaven Winery and Cliff Path ...

Hermanus Beach Club
Whale Coast Hotel
Whale Coast Hotel
4 out of 5
c/o Lord Roberts & Royal Roads, Hermanus, Western Cape
The price is £60 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

Located in Hermanus City-Centre, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and within 3 miles (5 km) of Cliff Path and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (197 reviews)

"The place was ok. But paint was pealing. Major issue was that it rained and the corridor was slippery and you could not see the standing water. Hotel staff was not much of a help. My wife slipped as well as my kid and he actually got hurt."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

Whale Coast Hotel
On The Rocks
On The Rocks
4.5 out of 5
93 Westcliff Road, Westcliff, Hermanus, Western Cape
The price is £285 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan

Located in Westcliff, this luxury villa is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Cliff Path and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Whalehaven Winery. Voelklip ...

On The Rocks
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Hermanus

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Nov 2019

This year has seen a significant drop in whale sightings - however don’t let that deter you from visiting. It’s a beautiful town with much more to offer!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Nov 2019

A wonderful town. With great eateries and shops. A very relaxed and friendly place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

Love the coastal path walk

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