Hermanus

Widely regarded as the prime whale-watching destination in all of South Africa, Hermanus is a gorgeous harbour town on the country's south coast. It combines stunning scenery and areas of historical interest with all manner of upmarket facilities, attractions, and countless adventure pursuits. It is a great destination for all manner of holidays.

Hermanus' location allows it to make the most of several natural beaches and water-based activities, while also enjoying the plentiful vineyards and wine cellars famous to the Western Cape region. The surrounding countryside is filled with trails perfect for hiking and cycling, while the nearby Hermanus Golf Course makes the most of the area's breath-taking landscapes with 27 expertly designed holes.

Also a market town, Hermanus stays true to its heritage with a number of vibrant fairs at various stages throughout each week. From the trendy, up-to-date food and drink of the Garden Market to the more traditional, hand-crafted artefacts at the Fisherman's Village Craft Market, there are all sorts of hidden gems to discover.


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Hermanus facts at a glance
Flight time:
11 hours
Time difference:
2 hours
Currency:
South African rand
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

South Africa enjoys its warmest, driest weather between November and March, but those looking to take advantage of Hermanus' prime whale-watching opportunities should instead visit between July and November.

Things to do

Although whale-watching is Hermanus' most characteristic attraction, there is no shortage of alternative activities to partake in. Other water-based pursuits include kite surfing, kayaking, and boat trips, while those who prefer to stay on land can take advantage of the excellent golfing and hiking facilities. The Western Cape's famous wine production is well-represented here too, the surrounding area filled with vineyards and cellars offering tours and tasting sessions. Finally, a visit to Hermanus wouldn't be complete without seeing the Old Harbour Museum and Fisherman's Village, offering a taste of the town's fascinating past.

Food and drink

As well as food on offer when exploring the town's various markets, visitors can take advantage of a number of high quality restaurants - many situated in prime whale-watching locations around the old harbour. Seafood is Hermanus' main fare, with restaurants such as Bientang's Cave offering prime platters of oysters, prawns, mussels, and much more. Fine dining is available at The Burgundy, a much-loved establishment which offers both fantastic seafood and a range of alternative options such as delicious grilled steaks.

In the evening

Hermanus' nightlife mainly consists of stylish, laid-back lounges and bars, many featuring live music and an intimate atmosphere. Cocos has a particular Latino theme, while those in search of a more authentic South African experience should head for The Gecko, the prime venue for vibrant performances by local bands. A more pulse-pounding clubbing experience can be found at Shimmi, known for its cool beats, classy cocktails, and stunning night-time views of the bay.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.


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