Hermanus is the official Whale Capital of South Africa, and less than 90 minutes drive away from Cape Town and most of the other beautiful and historic places you would like to see while visiting the region in sunny South Africa. If you want to explore the whole of the Western Cape without the buzz of a city, surely there can't be a better place to stay then the picturesque town of Hermanus.
This holiday paradise offers varied activities - so there is something for everyone. The magnificent Grotto Beach, Fernkloof Nature Reserve, the Hemel-en-Arde Valley vineyards, the Hermanus premier 27-hole golf course and to the Arabella Golf Course are all just a short drive away. Hermanus is the only place in South Africa where you will find three of our national symbols i.e. the national bird (Blue Crane), fish (Galjoen) and flower (King Protea).
A wonderful year-round holiday destination, blessed by a magnificence of mountain and sea, endless beaches, and incomparable cliff paths from which to view the Southern Right whales who visit our shores between July and December. The Walker Bay Wine Wander boasts famous vineyards and there are great expanses of fynbos and vast varieties of birdlife. The Whale Coast is called the "Riviera of the South" and is world famous for its "Champagne Air" with its healing, calming and restorative properties.
More than 300 activities include whale watching, shark cage diving in Walker Bay, abseiling, treetop tours, quad biking and a 27 hole Hermanus golf course. Discover the wine route, art route, speciality shops and pamper boutiques. Escape to nature and breathe the champagne air along the spectacular cliff paths. Meet the world's only Whale Crier as he alerts you to the whereabouts of the whales by blowing his kelp horn. Admire the diverse floral fynbos kingdom while hiking or biking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve or laze on one of our pristine Blue Flag beaches.