Hermanus is situated in the heart of the Whale Route, just 100km from Cape Town on the Cape Whale Coast. It has developed from a rustic fishing village into one of the world’s best whale-viewing sites.
The majestic Southern Right Whales are the most famous of the Hermanus whales. They frequent our coastline from June to November and can be viewed via land, sea or air. The Killer Whale is not a visitor to South African waters. The world's only Whale Crier patrols the cliff paths signaling whale locations using a kelp horn. To hear the whales blow and see the v-shaped vapour expelled from their blow holes, is like hearing the breath of life. Read our whale watching tips to learn what to look out for.
The Fernkloof Nature Reserve with over 1600 identified species of indigenous fynbos (Cape Flora) offers stunning hikes, a mountain bike trail and a short wheel chair accessible path. Examples of flowers in bloom are on display at the reserve’s centre. Porcupines, baboon, klipspringer, grysbok, genet, mongoose and otter, and over 92 species of birds can been viewed in the reserve.
The secluded, rock-sheltered coves and the long, pristine beaches are perfect for strolling, swimming and surfing. Further outdoor activities include cycling, kayaking, paragliding, scenic chartered plane flights, paintball, horse riding, quad biking, golf, fly fishing, tree top sliding, scuba diving, canoe river trips, canopy tours, quad biking and horse riding. Hermanus also has facilities for tennis, squash, bowls and fishing. Shopping is a treat with interesting local art, jewellery, pottery and crafts to choose from.