High issues to do in and round Hermanus in your subsequent journey


On the sting of Walker Bay is a small, coastal city stuffed with a myriad of thrilling experiences. Hermanus is understood for whale watching, nevertheless it additionally has the world’s most numerous floral kingdom, mountain walks, seashores, and much more.

1. Whale-watching

Image: Hermanus Whale Watchers

No journey to Hermanus can be full with out seeing a whale or two. The southern proper whales make a cease in Hermanus between June and mid-December. The Hermanus Whale Watchers runs day by day journeys from New Harbour. The one-and-a-half to two-hour voyages permit travellers to discover Walker Bay’s marine life. Relying on circumstances and up to date sightings, the journey may even prolong in direction of De Plaat or Hawston.

  • Location: Westcliff Highway, New Harbour; Hermanus
  • Contact: 028 312 4957 | 082 931 8064 | [email protected]

2. Sea kayaking in Walker Bay

Image: Walker Bay Adventures

Rise up shut and private with the marine life throughout Hermanus’ shoreline in a kayak! Take within the view of the mountain, sea cliffs and marine life – ranging from the historic Previous Harbour – on a spherical journey relying on the wind, swells and your paddling skills. All of Walker Bay Adventures‘ journeys are accompanied by skilled guides, and embody a radical briefing on kayaking strategies. Needless to say kayaks are paddled in a marine reserve, so paddlers aren’t allowed to come back inside 300m of a whale.

  • Location: Previous Harbour, Marine Drive, Hermanus
  • Contact: 082 739 0159 | [email protected]

3. Fatbiking

Image: Fatbike Excursions

Voted within the prime 10% of actions worldwide and winner of the Travellers Alternative Award for 2021 and 2022, Fatbike Tours South Africa presents a shocking 6km journey alongside a fynbos path within the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. The journey begins at 186m above sea stage, ending at Die Plaat seashore. With various thousand excursions accomplished, this expertise is for each novice and skilled riders.

  • Location: 61 Ingang Avenue, De Kelders, Gansbaai
  • Contact: 079 514 8386 | [email protected]

4. Klipgat Cave at De Kelders

Image: Ankergooi Vacation Lodging

The De Kelders Drip Cave is the lowest-lying freshwater cave on the African coast. A part of a historic cave system, this limestone web site is hidden within the cliffs of De Kelders. Inside is a transparent pool with mineral water stated to be identified for its therapeutic properties. Stalactites dangle low from the ceiling of the cave, which homes Cape Horseshoe Bats. Focusing totally on preserving the location, excursions are each stunning and academic. De Kelders is a couple of 25km drive from Hermanus.

5. Bientang’s Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar

Image: Bientang’s Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar

This worldwide award-winning restaurant is positioned proper on the shores of Walker Bay in Hermanus. The restaurant is carved right into a century-old cave and overlooks the ocean, the place whales cruise round a mere 100m away. Right here, diners can sit on the deck and revel in scrumptious seafood in addition to a few of the greatest wines that the Cape has to supply.

  • Occasions: Saturday & Sunday 09:0AMm to 11:00AM | Lunch day by day 11:00AM to 16:00PM | Friday and Saturday Kitchen closes at 20:00PM
  • Location: In a cave, Beneath Marine Drive, Hermanus
  • Contact: 028 312 3454 | [email protected] | [email protected]

6. Rock artwork at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

Fantastic line artwork depicting males. Image: Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

This rock artwork web site opened in 2016 as the one recorded location with rock artwork on the Cape Whale Coast. Archaeologists and Heritage Western Cape assist protect the work at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve close to Stanford. The work depict a gaggle of males, an antelope and a number of other embellished handprints and finger dots, representing each the San hunter-gatherer and Khoe herder traditions from 1000’s of years in the past. The rock artwork web site is positioned inside a cave about 2km from the reserve’s reception and automobile park. Take the Waterfall Mountain climbing Path, which leads you as much as the foot of the cave.

  • Location: 10 minutes outdoors Stanford, simply off the R326 to Caledon and Riviersonderend
  • Contact: 073 621 1808 | [email protected]

7. Hermanus Nation Market

Image: Hermanus Nation Market / Fb

Native residents and guests alike could be discovered at this market each Saturday. The market has contemporary produce, artisan bread, espresso and breakfast on supply, and even a bottle of wine could be loved over some dwell music. Mother and father can store handmade crafts whereas youngsters can take a journey on a miniature prepare or get their faces painted. The market can also be pet-friendly.

  • Location: Fairways Avenue and Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus
  • Contact: 083 657 0191 | [email protected]

8. Hemingways Bookshop

Image: Hemingways Bookshop

Through the years, the bookshop has turn out to be internationally recognised as a supply of uncommon, unobtainable and chosen out-of-print books. The Guests Ebook saved through the years is an fascinating learn stuffed with vacationers’ feedback from all around the world.

The store is an eclectic mixture of bric-a-brac, ephemera and a complete vary of Africana, antiquarian and chosen collectable books in all genres.

  • Location: 5 Victoria Sq., Lengthy str Arcade, Hermanus
  • Contact: 072 933 7140 | [email protected]

9. Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard

Guests can get pleasure from a at picnic on the vineyard. Image: Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard

In 1989, Peter Finlayson, a winemaker from the realm, and Paul Bouchard, a winemaker from Burgundy, joined forces to start out the Bouchard Finlayson Winery property within the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The property has a wide range of experiences on supply, akin to distinctive wine, macaron and chocolate pairings. Buy a curated picnic field and revel in overlooking the picturesque views of the valley, or take a stroll together with your canine across the farm planted with indigenous fynbos. Youngsters can even participate in a specifically crafted pairing with juice and snacks.

10. The Previous Harbour Museum

Image: The Previous Harbour Museum

The Old Harbour was proclaimed a museum in 1972, with the primary curator appointed in 1973. The uncared for space was cleaned and repaired, and outdated fishing boats have been collected and repaired for outside show. The indoor museum was constructed alongside the steps, the place most of the outdated fishing shacks used to face. A few of these shacks have been rebuilt alongside the slopes. Guests can be taught all concerning the fishing days of outdated, view the ‘bokkom’ stands the place fish was dried, and even take a peek at glass negatives taken by well-known photographer TD Ravenscroft. Trophies by native fisherman Invoice Sherkirk, who caught the world’s largest man-eating shark with a rod and reel in 1922, may also be seen, as can the jaws of this terrifying creature.

  • Location: Marine Drive, Market Sq., Hermanus
  • Contact: 028 312 1475 | [email protected]

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