Hermanus is made of pristine beaches and glorious arrays of fresh seafood. The small seaside town is situated on the southeast coast of South Africa, a 90-minute drive from Cape Town city. Although known mostly for magnificent whale-watching experiences and beach holidays, there is a great variety of things to do for every type of holiday maker in this popular recreational town.
HERE ARE OUR TOP 10 ‘TO-DO’S’ IN HERMANUS:
Shark Cage Diving
Meet one of nature’s most feared predators, the Great White Shark, up close and personal. Shark Cage Dives are conducted approximately 40 minutes outside Hermanus with a number of tour operators offering trips and transfers. Safely tucked inside a metal cage and suitable for those without any diving and snorkeling experience, the all-year-round adventure is an experience you will never forget.
Hermanus boasts some great abseiling or rappelling spots with magnificent coastal cliffs for adventure seekers to explore. Adventure guides supply needed equipment and assist beginners where needed. Here is your chance to enjoy magnificent views while experiencing an adrenaline-pumping thrill.
Fly through the trees like Tarzan and marvel at the views and birdlife. A little safer however than Tarzan’s method of swinging through the trees, you’ll be strapped into a full body harness traversing from one platform to the next along a steel cable suspended approximately 9 meters above the ground. Discover a fantastic form of eco-tourism as you experience these incredible surrounds from on high with a treetop tour.
Embark on a wine tasting journey out of this world while staying in Hermanus. The picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley boasts over 15 renowned wine farms, most of which can be explored on the official Wine Route tour.
Nestled amongst manicured vineyards at the foot of the Babylonstoren mountain range, visitors will find the Ataraxia Wine Lounge. The views are spectacular, providing a haven of complete relaxation and satisfaction. Indulge in the four vintages on offer – an unwooded Sauvignon Blanc, a wooded Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir and a red blend called Serenity while soaking in luxurious views from the balcony.
Taking a quad bike tour is a tremendously fun approach to exploring Hermanus. These little vehicles are made to withstand a lot of travel and are used for tours, game drives, sports and leisure activities. With safety gear provided, you are taken on a journey along any one of the numerous four-wheel tracks available.
Enjoy a tour through the vineyards ending at the magnificent Fernkloof Nature Reserve, take a wine tasting trip through scenic vineyard-filled hills, or take a sunset trip ending with a twilight picnic.
The Hermanus Golf Course is located along the foot of the Kleinriver Mountains that border Hermanus. This pristine course is a unique asset to Hermanus as it boasts a 27 hole course, surrounded by indigenous wetlands and Fynbos. The course wraps itself around the natural curves of the mountainside, making each hole a different and challenging experience. Golfers are also able to enjoy a view of the ocean from some of the higher placed holes, adding to the ambiance of the course. (Source: http://www.hermanus.co.za)
Art routes and specialty shops are dotted throughout the area with exquisite views in abundance along the meander. Just 20 minutes away lies the Kleinriver Cheese Factory. The farm is a small family run cheesery that offers a range of exceptional and award-winning South African cheeses. Also along the meander is the Birkenhead Brewery offering some delicious and recognized brews, including lagers, ales, and ciders. Not only is there exceptional beer to try but you can also enjoy the country estate, brewery tours, restaurant, and pub.
Hiking & Biking
Head to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve to follow impressive hiking and biking trails of various lengths and degrees of difficulty. Paths make the reserve an ideal hiking location for all ages, fitness levels and also cater to the disabled with well kept, wheelchair-friendly pathways. Routes vary in length and difficulty and can be traversed on your own or with a guide who will inform you about the area, let you in on the best land-based whale watching spots and lead you along cliffs with incredible views and photo opportunities.
The Whale House Museum
When the weather is not playing along, head to the Old Harbour Museum and Whale House Museum where you can marvel at the size of a suspended whale skeleton and learn more about these majestic creatures. The museums give an insight into the history of the town and its development from old fishing methods and boat repairs to the role players who contributed to making it the coastal gem it is today.
One cannot visit the town of Hermanus without indulging in the fresh array of spectacular seafood on offer. Whether it’s a casual freshly caught fish and chips or oysters and bubbly, savour the flavours of magical dining while marveling at magnificent ocean views.
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