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.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Hermanus. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Hermanus on a bespoke touring itinerary to South Africa, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.