World renowned for the best land and sea based whale watching, Hermanus has become the premium destination for visitors to South Africa's shores. Situated on the southern coast of the Western Cape, Hermanus enjoys an exceptional spring and summer season offering visitors all of its many outdoor activities and attractions. Winters in Hermanus are for cosying up by a crackling fire at any of the award winning wine estates and restaurants to enjoy a sumptuous meal and wine.
Whale watching whether land or sea based is a must when visiting our pristine shoreline. Take a stroll along the more than 12 km long cliff paths of Hermanus during the whale season (between June to December) and you'll be in touch with these gentle giants that frequent our shores annually.
For the adventurous visitor there are adrenaline sports aplenty by way of paragliding, ziplining, quad biking, mountain bike trails and white shark cage diving or surface viewing.
Share in the fun by visiting one of the several markets held in Hermanus including the famous foody market held at Hermanuspietersfontein or the regular Saturday Country Market which brings visitors from far and wide.
If you're a food buff, you're in the right place to take advantage of the many talented chefs running some of the most sought-after eateries in the Overberg. Cuisine from simple country fare, euro-fusion to gastro pub & silver service is but a call away.
A variety of galleries, antique-, gift-, book shops and museums are dotted throughout Hermanus to make for an interesting day of browsing during inclement weather so there's always something to do.
Things To Do in Hermanus
Festivals In Hermanus
Numerous festivals and events take place throughout the year attracting large numbers of visitors to Hermanus. Dates vary each year and it's a good thing to watch the relevant websites for their events dates and times for accuracy.
- Sandbaai Kalfiefees (baby-whale festival)
- Hermanus Whale Festival
- Hermanus Wine and Food Festival
- Mountain Run
- The Wildflower Festival
Ficks Pool is situated directly in front of 7 On Marine, one of the several marine tidal pools dotted along the Cliff Paths of Hermanus. Simply follow the steps from the Cliff Path down to the pool for a refreshing dip.
Hermanus is renowned for its magnificent beaches especially Grotto Beach which is consistently awarded Blue Flag status. Along the shorlines of the whale coast in Hermanus are secluded beaches some with beautiful rockpools, ideal for kids to explore and play in, stunning picnic areas for leisurely family picnics and some beaches offering great surf spots.
Take a walk up Hoy's Koppie for a 360 view of the whole of Hermanus and Walker Bay. This is the most incredible photo opportunity you could possibly have in Hermanus. Learn more about Sir William Hoy and his wife who lie buried at the top of Hoy's koppie.