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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Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty's Bay, Overberg District, Western CapeLocated in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Please note this is for clients own account and time permitting. Duration: 20 minutes

$165.50 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.

$571.45 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.

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Hermanus Whale Watching and Wine: Private Tour from Cape Town

This is a private tour which includes a private vehicle for you and your family/friends with your own private Tour guide/Driver. It is not a shared transport tour and does not include guests from other establishments. So you will have your own luxury vehicle and a personal qualified tour guide/Driver. This Cape Whale Route gives you a massive amount of options when it comes to exploring the Western Cape beyond Cape Town. You are also able to customize your own itinerary under the guidance of their knowledgeable Tour Guide/Driver, but there's also a recommended itinerary for you just in case. You will be collected from your accommodation at the agreed time and embark on a journey to the Whale watching capital of South Africa that is Hermanus. Along this private whale watching and Hermanus wine tour, you will drive on the N2 through small towns  of Grabouw and Elgin, the apple growing region in South Africa until we reach Hermanus for the boat-based whale watching experience. Here you will spend 2 to 3 hours on the water for an encounter with these majestic creatures. The southernright whales can be encountered as close as 50 meters. These whales which in size each equal up to ten African Elephants, normally approach the boat for a closer look. You will begin the tour with a briefing by a whale specialist site guide whilst we are still on land. We then head off to the boat and set sail towards the whales. Light refreshments will be served on the boat and the site guide will make sure that you take enough photos. You will not only encounter the whales, but will also leave having gained extensive knowledge from the site guide about these large sea creatures. There is also a Translator on board the boat.After the private whale watching tour, you will journey back towards Cape Town, but not before a stop at 2 wine estates namely Newton-Johnson and Hamilton Russell. Creation Wine Estate is highly recommended for a food and wine pairing lunch.Next you will proceed to Stoney Point to see the Penguins colony. This is one of the biggest African penguins colonies. Here you will enjoy taking photos to the penguins. Ever wondered how Penguins survive in South Africa? Well, its because they are African Penguins. After the penguins you will travel back to Cape Town via the scenic  Route 44 and see for yourselves what make the African coastline unique from the rest of the world.You will be dropped off at your accommodation at the end of the tour.

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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

$137.30 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.