Hermanus & the Whale Coast

Hermanus and the entire Whale Coast is famous for superb whale sightings and has nature reserves showcasing beautiful Cape Floral scenery.

One of the holiday highlights had to be watching whales play in the bay at Hermanus.

  • Southern right whale, Hermans, South Africa © KMoore,Shutterstock

    Southern right whale, Hermans, South Africa

  • Dolphin off the Whale Coast near Hermanus, South Africa © KMoore,Shutterstock

    Dolphin off the Whale Coast near Hermanus, South Africa

  • Hermanus coastline, South Africa © JaySi,Shutterstock

    Hermanus coastline, South Africa

  • Whale watching at Hermanus, South Africa © Shutterstock

    Whale watching at Hermanus, South Africa

  • Fynbos on the Whale Coast, South Africa © EBrown,Shutterstock

    Fynbos on the Whale Coast, South Africa

  • Fynbos: pincushion protea, Hermanus, South Africa © AMertends,Shutterstock

    Fynbos: pincushion protea, Hermanus, South Africa

  • Southern double-collared sunbird in flower, Hermanus, South Africa © KCuadrado,Shutterstock

    Southern double-collared sunbird in flower, Hermanus, South Africa

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Spotting whales in the wild is an exhilarating experience. The aptly-named Whale Coast is one of the best places in the world to view them from land and Hermanus even has a ‘whale crier’ whose sole purpose is to alert people to their presence. The region has lovely nature reserves with Overberg fynbos, flowers and forest, dramatic clifftop walking paths and the attractions of Hermanus two harbours and many shops.

  • Hermanus activities: Whale watching is the main attraction but Hermanus offers plenty more. Kayak in Walker Bay in search of seals, penguins and dolphins, try shark cage diving if you’re feeling adventurous, horse ride on the beach or a walk along the clifftop path and through the historic old harbour to see different aspects of the town.
  • Whale watching: Southern right whales are the main attraction as they visit the area each year in large numbers to calve. Three other species can be seen: humpback, Bryde’s and killer. July to September are the prime viewing months when they can be easily observed from land though boat trips can be arranged too. In Hermanus, listen out for the calls of the whale crier, a sure sign that these magnificent creatures are within sight. The Hermanus whale festival taking place each September celebrating the return of the southern right whales.
  • Nature Reserves: Fernkloof is the ideal place to view fynbos, the small ground covering plants, literally ‘fine bush’, many of which are endemic to the Cape Floral Kingdom and which is the most critically endangered floral kingdoms on earth. Hiking trails enable you to explore, enjoying the fine landscapes and flora. Grootbos in the Cape Overberg covers 2,500 hectares and is another beautiful Cape Floral reserve with its own lodge where you can stay to enjoy guided and waymarked walks.
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Hermanus & the Whale Coast

Southern right whale, Hermans, South Africa

Hermanus and the entire Whale Coast is famous for superb whale sightings and has nature reserves showcasing beautiful Cape Floral scenery.

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