Hermanus brings one of South Africa’s ultimate wildlife experiences. COVID-19 may mean no international travel but South Africans are fortunate in local choices. Whale watching is one of the best things in the country. However, land-based whale watching requires patience. Fortunately, South Africa offers excellent land-based whale watching sites in the Western Cape.
Whale watching in Hermanus
Whale watching in Hermanus requires less patience. Firstly, because Walker Bay is possibly one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Secondly, the quaint waterfront area offers perfect spots for a meal or cup of coffee while you wait and watch.
Additionally, in the event the whales prove uncooperative, the mountain backdrop, clean fresh air and the scented fynbos make up for it.
Hermanus and surrounds
Historically, Hermanus was a fishing village. Indeed, some of the original fisherman cottages are still found in the town centre. Importantly, the town itself is a whitewashed delight of bookshops, coffee shops, wine shops, art galleries, and boutiques offering something for everyone. Additionally, there are excellent franchise grocery stores selling their usual goods alongside local fruit, vegetables and cheese. Furthermore, there are numerous excellent restaurants and plenty of nearby wine farms to offer tastings and good meals.
Moreover, Hermanus’s Saturday morning market is a must for foodies, coffee lovers and browsers. Situated near the high school, under shady pine trees, its the perfect gathering place for friends and families to enjoy an outdoor brunch. Additionally, it offers a platform for local crafters from artists and carpenters, to jewellers and seamstresses.
Wide choices for exercise
Furthermore, there are mountain hiking trails, biking trails and a famous clifftop path that runs almost the length of Hermanus. Additionally, the clifftop path winds through seaside fynbos offering a heady mix of sea salt and natural floral perfume. Moreover, during whale watching season it is quite likely whales will be spotted from the cliff path. Luckily, the path is dotted with benches for those of a more meditative mindset.
Interestingly, Walker Bay’s Grotto beach is a designated Blue Flag beach. Usually, surfers, kite surfers, fishermen and shell collectors may be seen strung along the endless white sand. Moreover, the next town along the shore offers world-class Great White Shark watching. Truly, something for everyone.
Boasting, numerous boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering apartments and homes, choices for accommodation is wide. Not sure where to start? The Hermanus Tourism website will help you decide.
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