Visit Hermanus: Your travel guide

Things to do in Hermanus
Walker Bay
With pristine beaches of soft white sand and impressive limestone outcrops reaching up around it, Walker Bay is already pretty blessed when it comes to natural spectacle. But look out to sea and you may well be treated to a sight far more wondrous – southern right whales playing in the waters. Hermanus is one of the best places in the world for whale watching, and seeing these magnificent creatures from a shore as beautiful as Walker Bay makes the experience truly unforgettable.
Cliff Path
Want to get up close and personal with some of the most impressive beasts on the planet? The Hermanus cliff path meanders some 12km through the town and offers some of the best whale watching in the world. That's not just because of the frequency of whale sightings though – the cliff path has seen whales breaching the waters as little as five metres away from the shore. If you wanted to get any closer you'd need scuba gear and a doctorate in marine biology.
Dreunkrans
With a name that translates from Afrikaans as 'Thundering Cliff,' you can already tell that the natural rocky outcrop known as Dreunkrans is going to be impressive. And true enough, the views out over the ocean are stunning, and being surrounded by the untamed South African landscape is always going to be a memorable experience. But if you go at the right time of year (roughly between July and November) things get even better as whales frolic and breach the waters close to the shore.
Windsor Bay
The coast of Hermanus is regarded by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the best places in the world for a spot of whale watching, and Windsor Bay is no exception. Southern right whales are regular visitors to the area, but you won't just see them swimming about! See if you can spot a bit of technical whale behaviour – lobtailing is where they slap their tails into the water, and spyhopping is the practise of breaching the waves and looking straight up. Now you know the lingo, go spot some whales!
Siever's Point
Found right next to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Siever's Point is one of the most popular spots in Hermanus for whale watching. These breathtaking behemoths often come remarkably close to shore – a humbling experience thanks to their sheer size and your proximity to these gentle yet awesomely powerful creatures. Siever's Point can get quite busy though, so it's a good idea to get in early and bring a picnic.
Voëlklip beach
Slather on the sun cream and don't forget to bring your swimming costume – Voëlklip boasts as perfect a beach as you'll ever hope to laze around on. And while lying back and soaking up some of that toasty South African sunshine is never a bad thing, you won't see many whales from that position. Luckily, gentle grassy slopes and higher rocky cliffs offer plenty of vantage points to look out to sea and take in the sight of these majestic creatures frolicking in their natural habitat.
Grotto beach
Grotto Bay is a pretty romantic name for a romantically pretty beach. Stretching over 18km, it's the ideal sunny South African spot whether you're looking to laze around on the sand or take a long walk and enjoy the sight of far-off mountain peaks. Either way, make sure you head to higher ground – it's the best way to spot the families of southern right whales that converge around Hermanus each year. With beautiful surroundings and beautiful creatures to wonder at, it's one holiday memory that will stay with you forever.

Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
Hermanus has a beautiful coastline and lovely beaches. It ahs a good range of amenities and restaurants. It is also a good base for visiting some of the winerys. We particularly like the coastal path which runs the complete length of the town.
Shirley
United Kingdom
21 March 2017
10
Exceptional
Antique shops are great, quaint coffee shops, book shops, art galleries. Walks along the beach, plenty of restaurants to eat at at night. Great weather and beautiful nature all around.
nadine
Italy
22 March 2017
10
Exceptional
Very suprised with Hermanus ,Knysa,and Pletenburg bay. Get the names as good resorts ,but loaded with bus tours and Tacky gift shops,after of course Cape Town Go in November and you will see Whales Great place
Thomas
United Kingdom
24 March 2017
10
Exceptional
Great small town on coast, artsy with great natural beauty and is surrounded by wine farms and other interesting coastal towns.
jill
USA
21 March 2017
8
Very good
Sea front is really nice. No whales in March though! Lots of places to eat and beach walks. Plenty of places to stay. Easy parking.
Annie_Hannie
United Kingdom
26 March 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Hermanus

Whale Coast Hotel

9.1 Superb

Score from 609 reviews

£87

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The Marine Hermanus

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 207 reviews

£261

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Misty Waves Boutique Hotel

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 423 reviews

£97

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Harbour House Hotel

8.3 Very good

Score from 471 reviews

£90

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Windsor Hotel Hermanus

7.7 Good

Score from 668 reviews

£52

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Baleens Hotel

8.3 Very good

Score from 617 reviews

£44

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74 on Marine

9.7 Exceptional

Score from 45 reviews

£225

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Hermanus Apartments

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 140 reviews

£121

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Kenjockity Self Catering Apartments

9.4 Superb

Score from 126 reviews

£103

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Recommendations for Hermanus

I was wonderful to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the sunrise. Enjoyed being able to walk from guesthouse into town

A great area to try Pinot Noir. They have the best Chardonnay (outside of Burgundy) and one of the best bubblies in SA.

The Marine Seafood Restaurant. Expensive, but excellent. The atmosphere, service, food all perfect.

Booking.com asked travellers...

What made the beach in Hermanus unforgettable?

Lovely waves, white sandy beaches, small beaches like Langbaai and Kammabaai

Truly beautiful, even without the whales!

Busy during day, quiet at night

Fusion restaurant

fantastic

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