Whale watching in Hermanus

The world famous seaside town of Hermanus in the Cape Overberg, is a thriving tourist destination which is world famous for its whale watching festivals. Located between ocean and mountains, this beloved fishing village has become known the world over for being the foremost whale-watching destination. Some of the reasons for the towns success are its natural beauty, mild climate, range of exciting activities, and its close proximity to the Mother City (Cape Town is 140km away).

Although it may have been the farmers who discovered Hermanus, with its abundance of fish, it was the fishermen who settled here. By the early 1900s word of Hermanus’ excellent fishing, “healing” air and exquisite beauty had spread far and wide; attracting many. It even became popular for London doctors to prescribe recuperating visits to Hermanus’ coastal town to patients.

With a little something for everyone, Hermanus offers over 40 km walks from its Fernkloof Nature Reserve in the majestic mountains which create an amazing backdrop to the town. The stretch of pristine, white beach offers visitors a contemplative stroll, while the Kleinriver Lagoon, which is renowned for its abundant birdlife, offers an array of boating activities. Horse riding down the beach is a must for everyone, while baboons create quite a stir at the well known Hermanus Golf Course as they curiously observe the golfers.

The Old Harbour offers tourists a look into Hermanus’ past as a fishing village as well as its marine life. A variety of local artists (from writers, potters, crafters and painters) reside in Hermanus and its neighbouring towns Stanford and Onrus, where exquisite jewellery and crafts of the highest standard are created and sold at the popular “Lemm’s Corner Craft Market”.

The only Enviro-Arts festival in South Africa, The Annual Hermanus Whale Festival is held as a celebration of the Southern Right Whale’s return to Walker Bay, as well as the magical environment, and of course the start of Spring!

The festival hosts thousands of local & international visitors who congregate at this fantastic seaside resort in order to experience this uniquely natural destination, its whales, comedy, music and African rhythms. Once again, the main focus will be the superb environment; with strong emphasis on the protection of its marine life. Visit Wally the whale and his friendly ocean pals. For the littlies, there will be educational displays, as well as popular guest speakers. With activities such as the Whale of a Wine Festival, The Whales ‘n Wheels Vintage Classic Car Show, the Whale Festival Classic Charity Golf Event, and also the Kids Morning Market; we invite budding entrepreneurs to participate. Other exciting activities include shark cage diving, Fynbos hiking, bird watching, baboon sightings and kayaking, while The National Sea Rescue Institute acts out dramatic life-saving scenarios.

Plan a daytrip to this gorgeous seaside town, and experience true natural beauty in one of the most fantastic atmospheres on earth!

Warwick’s Restaurant, (above) a cosy 30-seater, hidden treasure in the Hermanus wine valley; offers exciting cuisine from a black board menu which changes at times to accommodate every palate.

Directions to “Hermanus” = 127 km – about 1 hour 41 mins

  1. Head south on Theresa Ave toward Hoopoe Ln (41 m)
  2. Turn right at Hoopoe Ln, then slight right at Oudekraal Way (2km)
  3. Slight right at Isadore Cohen Pl, continue onto Chas Booth Ave (5km)
  4. Continue onto Fiskaal Rd, turn right at Camps Bay Dr (2.5km)
  5. Entering toll zone in 1.2km at Geneva Dr (+ – 4mins)
  6. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kloof Nek Rd (1.9km)
  7. Leaving Toll zone in 1km at Firdale Rd (+ – 4mins)
  8. Slight left to stay on Kloof Nek, continue onto Upper Buitengracht St (+ – 1 min)
  9. Continue onto Buitengracht St (+ – 3mins), then turn right at Strand St (+ – 2mins)
  10. Take ramp onto Eastern Blvd (+ – 2 mins), continue onto De Waal Dr (0.7km)
  11. Take exit onto Settlers Way (+ – 12 mins), Continue onto N2 (+ – 40mins)
  12. Take exit 90 toward R43/Kleinmond/Hermanus (+ – 1min)
  13. Merge onto R43 (+ – 27mins), turn right at St Peter Rd
  14. Turn left at Marine Dr (0.2km)