Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but shortened as the name was too long for the postal service), is a town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous for southern right whale watching during the southern winter and spring and is a popular retirement town. The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre as early as June and usually depart in early December. They were once hunted in the nearby town of Betty’s Bay, but are now protected to ensure the survival of the species. The Old Harbour Museum contains several exhibitions that explain the whaling industry, and the De Wetshuis Photo Museum houses an exhibition of photos by T D Ravenscroft that depicts the history of Hermanus. The Whale Museum houses a skeleton of a whale and shows an audio-visual presentation of whales and dolphins twice daily.
Whale watching Capital of South Africa
Best Land based whale watching in the World
Read about what to see and do,
where to eat in Hermanus, where to drink in Hermanus, where to dance and have fun in Hermanus,
whether you want to spend the day on the beaches of Hermanus
or meander through the awe-inspiring spaces around Hermanus, the Overberg & Western Cape.
Hermanus lies along the shores of Walker Bay near the Southern most tip of Africa. The magnificent mountains of the Overberg towers over the town – home of the Southern Right Whale. The Brydel Whales can be found all year round. Whale enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the world visit Hermanus to enjoy these magnificent creatures playing and frolicking. Hermanus is the best land based whale watching destination in the world. Hermanus is Known as the heart of the whale route. The popular cliff path stretches from one side of the town to the other, about 12 km of fresh unpolluted air. An excellent walk and place for whale watchers to study and enjoy these amazing gigantic mammals and get within closer range than you can dream of.
Telescopes situated alongside the Old Harbour Museum makes it possible to survey the entire Walker Bay and the whales and dolphins at close range.
The Whale Crier keeps visitors informed as to the whereabouts of the whales. The sound of his kelp horn has become a well loved and awaited sound during the whale season.
Writers & Artists
Hermanus has become renowned for housing many artists and writers. There are interesting Galleries to visit and a Craft Market in the centre of town every weekend and Public holiday.
South African Wines of Hermanus
The Wines of our region has made a name for itself over the last centuries.
Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson has become some of our superior export wines, while there are many other excellent wineries around Hermanus. Our temperature, humidity, latitude and altitude has proven perfect for the cultivation of the finest wines. Both white and red wine grapes do exceptionally well around Hermanus and produce wines we are very proud of.
Restaurants, Pubs & Clubs
The rainbow nation proudly offers a wide variety of Good -by any standard- restaurants in and around Hermanus. From Asian to Italian, from African to French, there are many chefs who have mastered the art of their culinary preference, and will spoil your palette to any of all the flavours of this land of plenty.
Whether you want to relax in the sun, shop, go wild or just watch the whales,
Hermanus has a lot to offer.
List of things to do
Once you’ve settled into one of our lovely accommodations on offer…
you can enjoy:
Scenic cliff path walks
Whale watching in season
Great white shark cage diving
Walks & Hikes
Fishing & boat trips
Canoe trips on the Atlantic
Walks & hikes in the Fernkloof nature resort
Fabulous white sandy beaches
Grotto Blue Flag Beach
Art & craft market
A paradise for bird watching
Quaint shops & curios
Serious Shops & Design articles
A choice of many restaurants & bars to cater for all tastes
Many Good restaurants
Pubs & Clubs
Live Music Shows.
Crystal Healing Therapies
Caledon Casino & spa
Drives to Stanford, Greyton etc.
World class golf courses
Arabella Golf Estate, Hotel & Health Spa