Flanked by mountains and the ocean, this stretch of coast is famous for being the foremost place in the world for land-based whale watching. What more do you need to know?
Reasons to visit Hermanus and the Whale Coast include:
Hermanus is only an hour and a half drive to Cape Town so can be easily visited as a day trip. However, we recommend spending at least a couple of nights here and then continuing your journey along the coast.
Farm 215 is a stylish retreat located in a private nature reserve, with easy access to the coast. For a more seafront location, Whalesong Lodge has balconies looking out over Walker Bay. Ocean 11 is a lovely boutique hotel just outside Hermanus. Abalone Lodge has one of the best locations for land based whale watching.
A lovely lodge in the heart of whale watching country in Hermanus.
A traditional guest house in the heart of Hermanus and has spectacular views of the Walker Bay.
Farm 215 is a secluded rural retreat in Western Cape. Come for nature, walking, riding and whales!
Tranquil surroundings for guests who want to explore the diverse plant and animal life of the Grootbos Nature Reserve.
Luxurious suites set by Hermanus Lagoon on the Whale Coast, ideal for beach, ocean and land activities.
A boutique hotel on the outskirts of Hermanus. All rooms have sea views. There is an attractive garden and a swimming pool.
A lovely small lodge where you can watch whales from the balcony!
Time: GMT +2 hours
There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.
Visas are not required for British passport holders.
No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.