Whale watching in HermanusHermanus is renowned as being the best land-based whale-watching location in the world. From June through December, southern right whales visit Hermanus and can easily be spotted from the coast. Meanwhile, the town is also famous for hosting the world’s only Whale Crier, who blows his horn whenever the whales are spotted on the coast.
However, besides watching the magnificent creatures from the shore, the town offers boat tours out on the water, getting close to the whales. Moreover, plane trips give the option of viewing them from the air.A good time to visit is at the end of September when the town hosts its annual whale festival at a time when the southern right whales enter the local bay during their mating season. Another whale festival is held each August, known as the “Kalfiefees,” or Calf Festival to welcome the first of the young whales. Both festivals feature food and craft stalls where visitors can buy souvenirs to take home.
The nature of HermanusThe nearby Fernkloof Nature Reserve offers amazing hiking and mountain bike trails through magnificent nature. Moreover, it also offers a shorter, wheel-chair accessible path to explore the gorgeous indigenous Fynbos, as part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Besides its floral charms, the nature reserve is home to baboons, klipspringer, genet, grysbok, porcupines, otters and mongoose. For those who love birds, the nature reserve features more than 92 species. Visitors can learn more about the indigenous plants and the wildlife and birds from the nature reserve’s tourism center.
Beaches and covesHermanus offers a number of excellent Blue Flag beaches, including Grotto Beach, Kammabaai, Langbaai Beach and Onrus Beach. Each is perfect for relaxing on the sand and swimming as well as whale watching. Meanwhile, the coast is perfect for a stroll in the sea air on the cliff path, or for various water sports. These include surfing, paragliding, kayaking and scuba diving.
Adventure options in Hermanus
Meanwhile, Hermanus also offers a good range of land-based activities, including cycling, horse riding, quad biking, tree top sliding, golf, paintball and canopy tours. The town also offers facilities for squash, tennis and bowls. Meanwhile, scenic chartered plane flights take visitors over the town, exploring the beaches by air.
Shopping and marketsThe town features three modern shopping malls including the Ipic Shopping Centre, The Hermanus Station Mall and the Whale Coast Mall. Each has a wide range of shopping experiences, as well as eateries. The town also features many stores selling jewelry, local art, crafts and pottery to take home as souvenirs.
Take a side trip on a visit to Cape Town, South Africa, or better still, stay in Hermanus itself. Learn more about the town from the official tourism website.