Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein) is a town with 49,000 inhabitants on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous as a place from which to watch whales during the southern winter and spring. The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre from as early as June. They were once hunted locally, but are now protected. The Old Harbour Museum contains several exhibitions which explain the whaling history of Hermanus.
Hermanus lies along the Walker Bay on the south coast of the Western Cape, about 115 km southeast of Cape Town and 40 km from Gansbaai, a famous spot where one can dive amongst the Great White Sharks.
It is also notable that Hermanus still boasts an historic railway station building although eventually no tracks were laid to connect the town to the national network. Grotto Beach is the largest beach in Hermanus and has also been proclaimed a "Blue Flag" beach which ensures its preservation as a world heritage site.
Hermanus hosts an annual whale festival at the end of September, when the Southern Right whales come into the local bay during the mating season. Prior to this main whale festival a "Kalfiefees" is held, to welcome the first whales (usually in August). Both festivals are characterized by food and craft stalls and drama productions. The land beyond the town is largely wild and mountainous and there are many remote areas of hills and wild ravines. The rising thermals rising around the rugged heights of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve attract paragliders from all over the world.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Hermanus, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to South Africa
Tailormade Holidays to Hermanus
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in South Africa — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Hermanus.
The Abalone is a comfortable lodge, with spacious rooms that have balconies offering panoramic views of the mountains and ocean.
FrancolinHof is a lovely guest house, with every room having a patio or balcony with panoramic views overlooking both the mountain and bay.
Grootbos provides the veritable lap of luxury in harmony with nature, consisting of two luxury 5 star lodges and an exclusive villa. The luxury designed lodges offer breathtaking views of breaking ocean, breaching whales and ancient forests
Nestled in the majestic Hermanus mountains, the Hermanus Lodge on the Green is an enchanting base from which to explore the wonders of this beautiful area. Guest rooms are well equipped and tastefully decorated in calming pastel tones. All rooms feature a balcony and excellent en suite facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available and there is a well stocked honesty bar in the lounge. From the sun drenched swimming pool you can enjoy beautiful views of the Ovberg Mountain range. The hotel is adjacent to the picturesque Hermanus Golf Club and overlooking the 25th green.
Ocean Eleven is a Cape Cod, Colonial style luxury guest house, situated on the famous cliffs of Hermanus. In keeping with the utter elegance of Colonial architecture, the Ocean Eleven main house was built with high ceilings, tall windows and teak floors, all features - and thus the grace and style - have been retained to this day.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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