Hermanus is located about an hour's drive from Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is easily reachable by car on the N2 via the Sir Lowry's Pass and then further on the R43.
Hermanus offers one of the best land-based whale watching in the world and is a must visit in the months from June until the end of October. It is breathtaking to watch the Southern Right whales who come here to mate and frolic in the bay. You will never forget when you see a whale for the first time. It is simply amazing!
Insider Travel Tip: It is useful to bring a pair of binoculars to enhance the viewing experience. But even without, one can see the whales pretty well.
Every year, the town has a whale festival for three days in the end of September. If you don't mind loads of people around you, then it's worth a visit. There are food and craft stalls, music and comedy performances and much more.
Hermanus also has its own whale crier who calls on a kelp horn to attract whales. Read more about it here:
Hermanus does have more to offer than the whales though.
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is home to more than 1600 species of plants, about 150 of which are endemic, in an area of only 18,000ha. It is an interesting area for experienced hikers. More info:
The Walker Bay wine region is the most Southern wine area in Africa and is definitely worth a visit for winelovers.
Hermanus also has a lovely sandy beach - ideal for tanning, swimming and just relaxing. Loads of great restaurants, cafes and bars can be found in and around town and good seafood is plenty.
There are many lovely places to stay in and around Hermanus. But if you are on a budget, I highly recommend the Hemanus Backpackers. Stayed there myself once and had a great time! They usually braai (bbq) in the evenings and have a bonfire where people can gather and talk about their days and tell stories. They also offer package deals with shark cage diving which are quite popular. Have a look at info and rates here:
Written and contributed by Southafrica-Stay