About Hermanus

Hermanus Whale watching & Holiday Capital of South Africa

Best Land based whale watching in the World

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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 in and 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.

Beaches in and around Hermanus

Please click on the link to read more about our pristine beaches.

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
Scuba diving
Bird watching
Lagoon Cruises
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
Cycling trails
Art galleries
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.
Bicycle Hire
Quad biking
Horse riding
Sea kayaking
Township tours
Wine tours
Beauty Salons
Crystal Healing Therapies
Caledon Casino & spa
Fantastic scenery
Drives to Stanford, Greyton etc.
World class golf courses
Arabella Golf Estate, Hotel & Health Spa
Beer Tastings

Please visit our links page for more information


Nosy Rosy was honoured and privileged to introduce Natural History Writer and Consultant Michael M Scott. Michael was a guest at on of the early Whale Festivals and regards himself as a friend of the Walker Bay whales. He received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth for his contribution to bio-diversity in Scotland.

He tells us more:
“Like most people, I know far too little about what goes on beneath the sea. I do dive a little, but, as an ageing novice diver, I don’t go beneath about 25 meters, and that’s no more than the thinnest skin of the ocean surface. So it has been a great learning experience researching some of the stories for the book — about the amazing discovery of the only life on Earth that doesn’t depend on sunlight for energy around volcanic vents and hydrocarbon seeps on the seabed; about the strange currents around seamounts that trap marine life above them and attract huge shoals of fish that humans have successfully exploited and all too often over-exploited; about the amazing sediments from living animals that cover vast plains in the abyss and have accumulated at about the speed of dust on household furniture over 200 million years. And it’s a huge privilege to work with the talented researchers and designers at Dorling Kindersley who always produce books that are just so visually stunning.”
The book is due out in October in the States and November in Europe.
Michael and his wife Sue, have fallen in love with the wildlife and countryside around Cape Town and are working on a new take on a walking guide for softies, to be published by Sunflower Books in the UK in January 2006.
“As to my OBE, I think it largely came to me because I had been on the Main Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (the government nature conservation agency in Scotland) for six years, and Deputy Chairman for the last five of those years, until my term ended in March last year. I had also worked with the Scottish Executive (the devolved civil service administration responsible to the Scottish Parliament) on helping to develop the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, and particularly a implementation plan for biodiversity in the marine environment (I still chair a working group for them on that). For 20 years, I was the Scottish Co-ordinator for the Scottish arm of a plant conservation charity called Plant life International (which does have links to plant conservation in South Africa, incidentally), and I was also involved with Scottish Environment Link, the network organisation for all the environmental Non-governmental Organisations in Scotland, which I also chaired for a while.”

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