Things to Do

Herewith a few things my husband and I like to do – there  is stacks more to do which you will find by reading the Hermanus Info (copy available at the tourism bureau) or by reading the Hermanus Times, a weekly newspaper which comes out every Thursday.

The Hemel –en-Aarde Valley wine route: There are many excellent wine estates down the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. A good start is the Wine Village, which has the largest selection of South African wines. Further down the road, you will find many wine estates including Whale haven, Hermanuspietersfontein, Hamilton Russell, Bouchard Finlayson, Newton Johnson, La Vierge, Sumaridge and Creation.

• During Whale Season (July – November) take a walk along the cliff paths which extend from the New Harbour, all the way to Grotto Beach, about 10km. There are many excellent viewing spots along the path, where one can get a close view at these magnificent creatures. On this walk it is easy to see how Hermanus earned its reputation as one of the world’s best land-based whale watching sites in the world.

• Do a boat based whale watching trip from the New Harbour.

• You can also view the whales by plane, on the ‘African Wings’. This is an amazing experience, and you can assist with the daily ‘whale count’.

• If you are feeling brave, why not try shark cage-diving off Gansbaai? There are several operators that have license to do this. You can either go down in the cage, or view from the boat.

Sea kayaking is a great way to view the coast, and possibly get up close to a whale.

• If fishing is your thing, you have the choice of fly fishing, or chartering a boat for some sea fishing.

• Take a walk down at the new harbour, watch the fishing boats come in and eat some fish and chips. The Gecko Bar is a good place for sundowners.

• African Queen River cruises – a 3 hour cruise from Stanford, with braai (barbeque) facilities on board.

Bird-watching – a guided tour can be arranged. The Overberg is rich with birdlife.

Horse-riding: There are several companies that offer horse-riding ranging from beach rides, farm rides, and mountain and Fynbos trails.

• Hermanus has quite a selection of Art galleries and studios.

• Take a tour of an abalone (perlemoen) farm.

• Sample some local beer at the Birkenhead Brewery in Stanford, and then go down to the Klein river cheese farm (or maybe the other way round…)

• Spend a day at the Altira Spa at the Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa.

• There are excellent hiking trails in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. These range from easy to strenuous, and a map can be purchased from the kiosk at the entrance to the reserve.

Greyton is only a 45minute drive away, and is very picturesque. It has excellent restaurants as well as the famous Von Gassau’s chocolates.

• Take a drive to Betty’s Bay to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, and to see the penguins at Stony Point.

• Stop at Kleinmond on the way to enjoy oysters at the Harbour, and browse through the shops.

• Enjoy a game of golf at the Hermanus Golf Course, or the Arabella Golf Course.

• There are many excellent beaches to enjoy and soak up the sun – from quiet and secluded to Grotto beach which has achieved blue flag status and goes on for miles.

• Onrus beach is lovely, and has a lagoon which is shallow for the kids to play.

• On Saturday mornings, Hermanus has 2 excellent farmers markets: The one is know as the boeremark, and is held at Hermanuspietersfontein Winery, just behind the wine village. The second is the Hermanus Country market, held at Montessori School. Follow the scarecrows, from just before the Voelklip circle, and turn up towards the mountain, to the Fernkloof nature reserve. This market comes highly recommended; enjoy a breakfast at the market, and then stock up on tasty goodies for the weekend.

Whale Watching & More... PDF Print E-mail
There is no shortage of activities in and around Hermanus to keep visitors busy. Most significantly, Hermanus is the best land based whale watching destination in the world. The Southern Right Whales visit our shores from beginning July and return to their feeding grounds by the end of November. Easily spotted from the cliff paths that run along the length of the town, the southern right whales favour the relatively shallow waters of the bay for breeding and mating. Humpback whales and dolphins can also be seen. Image

The Fernkloof Nature Reserve, stretching along the fynbos-covered mountains that form the backdrop to the town, offers well-maintained hiking trails and breathtaking views. These trails provide the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to walk among and appreciate the Western Cape's unique fauna and flora.

Image Exquisite beaches are found along the coastline near the suburbs of Hawston, Vermont, Onrust River, Sandbaai, and Voëlklip. Hawston and Grotto beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status, meaning they comply with international standards regarding beach safety, cleanliness and environmental awareness. Lagoons at Klein River and Onrust River attract all manner of water sports. The beautiful beaches cater for both young and old, swimmers, surfers and body boarders alike.

For the adventurous, there are numerous activities such as paragliding, sea and river kayaking, scuba diving, boardsailing, mountain and quad biking. Shark cage diving with the inimitable great white shark provides the ultimate adrenalin rush.

Hermanus is also home to one of the most beautiful golf course in the country – this 27-hole course offers splendid views of the sea and mountains. An ideal way to appreciate the areas surrounding Hermanus is by horseback or mountain biking. Explore the abundant fynbos, gallop between the orchards in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley or take it easy with a gentle walk on the mountain.

Several acclaimed wines have been produced in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde valley recently, and wine lovers can sample some of them by following the Hemel-en-Aarde wine route. Celebrate the good life with our interesting diversity of shops and fine restaurants.

Hermanus boasts a mild, Mediterranean climate. Summer is dry and sunny, with extreme heat tempered by sea breezes. Early autumn (March-April) is idyllic, with balmy days and late afternoon sea mists - the so-called Hermanus 'champagne air'. Winter, although the rainy season, has many sunny days and is generally mild, with high winds possible at times.

Fishing Charters PDF Print E-mail
Fishing in HermanusTai-Pan Fishing Charters commenced angling waters in Walker Bay in 2000.  The Bay offers Galjoen, Steenbras, Cob, Roman, Silver fish, Red Stumpnose and many more.  Kabeljou, Cape Salmon and Snoek are often caught from the boat, depending on the season.

The Skipper and owner of the boat, Tjaart Olivier has over 35 years experience in boating and sea angling off South African and Mozambique Coasts and now operates in Walker Bay for the last 10 years.

Tjaart is the Safety Officer of “Walker Bay Boat and Ski Boat Club”

Cloud's End Horse Rides PDF Print E-mail
ImageRe-awaken your sense of adventure and explore the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde valley - a mere 10 km from Hermanus. Explore the abundant fynbos, gallop between the orchards of a fruit farm or take it easy with a gentle walk on the mountain with views across Walker Bay. Become part of the romance of the countryside and experience complete peace of mind.

Tanya Olivier of Cloud's End Riding Centre invites you to the foothills of the spectacular Kleinriver mountains for an unique riding experience.

"We supply schooled horses to suit all levels, from nervous beginners to advanced equestrians, young and old," says Tanya.
Day Trips & Other Tours PDF Print E-mail
A wide selection of tours can be arranged through a well established tour operator, based in Hermanus. We offer tailor-made tours of Hermanus, Cape Town and the Western Cape, with a fleet of luxury minibuses and Chauffeur Tours Guides on board.
They are able to transport up to 9 persons per minibus with many comforts on board,.
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