Tucked away in the Southwestern tip of South Africa, Hermanus draws in visitors from all over the world thanks to its fantastic whale watching opportunities. Fringed with grassy mountains, the pristine beaches are perfect for lazing around on when the sun is out and from the surrounding clifftops, hikers can get some pretty spectacular vistas out over the region. While Hermanus is rapidly increasing in popularity and is considered one of the premier holiday destinations in South Africa, it still maintains much of its original fishing village charm, giving it a quaint and authentic feel.Read More
Active visitors are in for a treat in Hermanus as there are a huge range of adventures to choose from. Leisurely strolls through the Fernkloof Nature Reserve are wildly popular with trails spanning across 40km of forest and mountain terrain. For those looking for something a bit more extreme, this town is home to one of the most adrenaline-pumping activities on the planet: shark cage diving. Submerge yourself within the protective confines of a cage and get up close and personal with a Great White Shark, the world's single most terrifying predator.
As the 'world's best land-based whale watching destination', there are, naturally, dozens of excursions available. There are Southern Right whales in abundance in the bay that laps against the shores of Hermanus, making it almost impossible not to spot at least one during a whale spotting cruise. This South African marine hotspot also hosts an annual whale festival, which celebrates these magnificent creatures with numerous themed events and activities.
If you are planning a Hermanus holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Cliff Lodge Hermanus
A stylish seafront Guesthouse, Cliff Lodge is superbly positioned on the dramatic cliffs of De Kelders. This unique retreat offers five luxurious B&B rooms with ocean views, all mod-cons and south facing patios. The ocean front swimming pool is complete with sun loungers - perfect for a spot of relaxing. Make sure you pay the guest lounge a visit and sample some of the delicious local Rooibos tea and organic coffee. The lodge is perfectly located overlooking Walker Bay just north of Gaansbai.
FrancolinHof Guest House Hermanus
FrancolinHof is a lovely guest house with patios and balconies that offer panoramic views of both the mountain and bay. Rooms are airy and spacious and decorated in bright whites and creams, making the room feel light and breezy. A delicious breakfast energises guests every morning and prepares them for a day of exploring the area. FrancolinHof is ideally situated on the border of Fernkloof Nature Reserve. The Blue Flag Grotto Beach and the world-famous Cliff Path are just a ten minute walk.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Hermanus
Listed as one of the National Geographic's 'Unique Lodges of the World', Grootbos provides the veritable lap of luxury in harmony with nature, consisting of two luxury 5 star lodges and an exclusive villa. The majestically designed lodges offer breathtaking views of breaking ocean, breaching whales and ancient forests. With perfectly manicured grounds, world class dining and heavenly spa treatments, a stay at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a treat for all the senses. Grootbos is a private reserve, just outside of Hermanus.
Hermanus Lodge on the Green Hermanus
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.
Hermanus Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Hermanus.