Welcome to Hermanus


The town stretches over a long main road but the centre is easily navigable on foot. There’s a superb cliff-path walk and plenty of other hikes in the hills around the town, as well as good wine tasting, and the Hermanus Whale Festival in September. The town gets very crowded at this time and during the December and January school holidays.

Only 122km from Cape Town, Hermanus is also perfect for a day trip.


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$73.80 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

Nestled between magnificent mountains and the Indian ocean, Hermanus offers some of the best shore-based whale-watching opportunities in the world. Every year the Southern Right Whales return to the waters off the cliffs of Hermanus to mate and breed, as they favor the shallows waters. You are also likely to experience close sightings of whales and also possibly seals and dolphins.You will also have have the opportunity to wander around the town of Hermanus, and visit its boutique shops and arts & craft studios.For the return, you will follow the beautiful coastal road around False Bay on the way back to Cape Town. If there is time along the way, you will stop at Stony Point near Betty's Bay to see the African penguins amongst the rocks. You also stop to enjoy lunch (for own account). You may even have the opportunity to see further sightings of whales along the coastal road. You then continue to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass.

$158.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Agulhas Tour from Cape Town

Drive along the scenic Sir Lowry's Pass heading towards the Cape Overberg a region of rugged mountain ranges, picturesque vistas, rolling wheat and canola fields.Enjoy a short stop at a farm stall in the Overberg for refreshments (own expense) and then proceed to drive through the town of Caledon with a visit to the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp. Continue past the wonderful white houses and thatched roofs of Struisbaai to the last town on the continent L’Agulhas. Get your picture taken at the demarcation slab of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean and visit the historic red and white Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, an icon that denotes the tip of Africa.Experience a scenic drive back to Cape Town via the town of Hermanus known as the (whale capital) and drive through the scenic Clarence drive.

$489.64 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure from Cape Town

The 6-Day Garden Route and Addo South African Adventure from Cape Town is a fast-paced, adventure-packed tour showcasing the best of what the African continent has to offer.Day 1: Start your trip by visiting a colony of endangered African Penguins in Betties Bay and enjoy lunch in Hermanus, a location where many Southern Right Whales are spotted. Spend the night in Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of the African continent, and savor a traditional South African stew for supper.Day 2: Continue your journey by crossing the mountains towards the Little Karoo and sample local wine before heading on to explore the Cango Caves. Spend the night in Oudtshoorn and sample ostrich kebabs for supper.Day 3: Explore the Wilderness National Park on the Touw River in a canoe. Visit the famous seaside town of Knysna and spend the night in Myoli Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Day 4: Travel to the beautifully located Tsitsikamma National Park and enjoy some leisure time. Explore the Eastern Cape and spend the night in a working citrus farm. Day 5: Continue your journey the next day by spending the morning on a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park and spend the night in the beautiful seaside town of Wilderness or Mossel Bay.Day 6: On the last day of your tour, continue on to the Garden Route town of Mossel Bay to witness all the beauty the region has to offer. Conclude your journey back in Cape Town.

$125.60 Water Sports

Shark Cage Diving and Viewing in Kleinbaai

The trip starts between 6 am and 12 pm in the morning from Kleinbaai harbour, which is a 2 km drive from the village of Gansbaai, but may vary due to the tides and expedited sea conditions. You will be personally notified, after 5 pm the day before your dive, about the time you must meet at our crew house in Kleinbaai. We will use the contact number you supply when making your booking. After a continental breakfast (no greasy foods), a safety briefing is held and then you board the shark-chaser, Apex Predator for the 5-mile voyage to Dyer Island or an anchor spot where we have observed recent white shark activity. When the boat leaves the harbour, the round trip usually takes 3 to 4 hours. After dropping anchor, the crew will begin attracting Great Whites Sharks with a specially- formulated ‘Chum’ mixture.  (MANDATE AGAINST THE USE OF SHARK PRODUCTS - The local supplier do not feed the sharks nor use any part of a shark product in their ‘secret chum mixture’ and have signed a mandate to this effect.) Once the Great White Sharks arrive, you will have the opportunity to photograph these majestic apex-predators feeding at the surface, right alongside the boat. This is when you get the opportunity to enter the cage! Passengers are exposed to the open sea while travelling to Shark Alley where the boat will be anchored and chumming commence. The boat is protected with vinyl side curtains to give additional protection from the wind and water spray.

$56.77 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus

The whale watching tour begins with an on-land briefing presented by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our boat. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’ During the tour our friendly, knowledgeable crew adds that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience, from ensuring you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunities to serving complimentary light refreshments. The guides keep you informed via our on board PA system ensuring your whale trip is informative and educational.WHAT YOU CAN ENCOUNTEREncounter Southern Right, Humpback & Bryde’s whales.Dolphins, Seals, and a large variety of marine birds including the African penguin.JUNE- MID AUGUST | Humpback & Southern Right whalesJUNE-DECEMBER | Southern Right whalesPASSENGER COMFORT- Twin hulls of the catamaran provide optimum stability.- Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating throughout.- Enclosed areas for protection from sea spray and weather conditions.- Retractable, transparent blinds to give the option of open-air freshness in good sea conditions.- Surround- sound public address system for optimum communication by the specialist guide on board.- Modern ladies and gents toilets on board.- Refreshments bar on board

$468.35 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Garden Route, Addo 5-Day Tour from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

The 5-Day Garden Route and Addo South African Adventure is a fast-paced, adventure-packed tour showcasing the best of what the African continent has to offer.Day 1: Visit a colony of endangered African Penguins in Betties Bay, followed by lunch in Hermanus. Hermanus is known for being a location where you can see Southern Right Whales who are usually spotted from July to November. Continue your journey on to Cape Agulhas, the furthest Southern point of the African continent. Spend the night in Cape Agulhas and enjoy a traditional potjie (South African stew) for supper. Day 2: Cross the mountains towards the Little Karoo, a semi-desert area with a very different landscape from the coastline. Sample local wine in the area and continue on to explore the Cango Caves. Spend the night in Oudtshoorn, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, and sample ostrich kebabs for supper. Day 3: Venture back to the coastline and experience a canoe ride through the Wilderness National Park on the Touw River. Explore the park and it's native forest, waterfall and rock pools. In the afternoon, visit the famous seaside town of Knysna, enjoy lunch or shopping at the Knysna Waterfront. Enjoy a typical African barbeque for dinner and spend the night in Myoli Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.Day 4: Travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park, known for its beautiful coastline by the Indian Ocean and native forest. Feel free to take some leisure time for hiking, crossing a suspension bridge, swimming or simply enjoying a drink overlooking the ocean. In the afternoon, explore the Eastern Cape, and spend the night in a working citrus farm in the Addo area. Day 5: Spend the morning on a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park, home to amazing wildlife such as lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and more than 600 elephants. After an exciting morning of game viewing, clients will be dropped off at the location of their choice in Port Elizabeth, where the tour ends between approximately 1pm and 2pm on Friday