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City Hermanus

Hermanus is a very cozy fisherman's seaside village, located on Walker's Bay in the Western Cape. Hermanus is the most famous place when it comes to whale watching. And from July to November is therefore pleasantly busy. The wonderful climate and beautiful surroundings attract day visitors and tourists all year round.

The main attraction is of course spotting the whales. There are several ways to see them: on shore, with a Whale watching cruise or even from an airplane. Hermanus is the only place where the Whale Crier walks around and honks his horn when he sees whales in the bay. To celebrate that the whales are back, a Whale Festival (late September) is held every year in Hermanus.

Information about the whales:
The Southern Right Whale is most common but Brydes and Humpback Whales are also seen. Around May, they come to the coast of South Africa to calve and mate. Most whales are seen in October after they leave. The name Southern Right Whale was given because whalers found the right whale and because it was easy to kill. Southern right whales can be long between 14 and 17 meters and weigh between 45 and 70 tons. An easy way to identify this whale is the way he clears his lungs of fluid. It blows out of the water in a V-shape. This is also the only one of its kind that has no dorsal fin. The Southern Right and Northern Right are protected since 1935. Before that they were intensively hunted. The Southern Right Whale is an easy prey for whalers because he is in shallow waters and moves slowly. If you want to learn about whales visit the Whale Museum, right in the village.

In addition to whale watching you can also do other things in Hermanus like a cruise, kayaking, shark cage diving, tandem paragliding, diving, sailing and horse riding. There are regular, next to the weekly "fresh food markets", art, antiques and crafts markets. There are several kilometers long, wide beaches where you can swim and go walking.

Grotto Beach is the largest beach in Hermanus, other beaches are; Voëlklip, Onrus, Kammabaai and Long Bay. Along the coast there is the Hermanus Cliff Path which stretches all the way to Hermanus. On this cliff path, which has been declared a nature reserve, it is the view of the sea and mountains that is spectacular. Here you can go whale watching but there are also dolphins seen regularly. It is also an excellent place for fishing.

Where you can also walk is the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, where you will find 40 kilometers of trails in various difficulty categories. Here you can walk between the protected and unique Fynbos and have wonderful views over the coast.

If you love to play golf then you have come to the right place. Hermanus itself has the well-attended "Hermanus golf course", even baboons themselves feel at home here and will follow your game at a safe distance. And just a little further on is the beautiful Arabella golf course where you certainly have to play 18 holes!

Hermanus has two ports; the Old Harbour is no longer used after 1958 and declared a national monument in 1970. In the museum you can still see how it was in earlier days in Hermanus. The museum is divided into The Historical Old Fishing Harbour and Fishermen's Village. You can see the fishermen unloading their catch daily in the New Harbour. There is a fish shop where you can buy fresh fish and shellfish.

The villages of Gansbaai and Stanford are nearby and worth a visit; the adjacent Hemel & Aarde Valley should not be missed if you love great food and wonderful wines. Visit some very reputable wineries, go taste and enjoy the beautiful view.

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