Hermanus is a postcard perfect seaside town southeast of Cape Town, famous for its scenic beauty and proudly referred to as one of South Africa’s Cape gems.
An easy 1.5 hour’s drive from Cape Town along winding coastal roads with breathtaking views and easy stop off points for picture taking along the way. Hermanus is the ideal place for a romantic weekend away or a family holiday with something for all ages. On the way towards Hermanus along the R44, a quick left turn onto the R320 at the Wine Village you will find yourself travelling along the stunningly picturesque Hemel en Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth Valley), which is a beautiful route and is a perfect way to experience a different side of the Overberg. This “Heavenly Valley” has this reputation due to the fifteen wineries, each growing small volumes of premium quality wine in carefully and sustainably managed vineyards. While these wines draw wine lovers from all over the world, it is also famous for its uninterrupted views of the valley. You can enjoy the more thrilling side of things by taking a tour of the valley via horseback or you can choose to enjoy an adrenaline pumped afternoon of paint ball wars, quad bike or zip-lining.
Hermanus’ mountainous backdrop declines steeply to a rugged shoreline, with powder white beaches such as the Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, both of which overlook Walker Bay. Not only is she a gem but more commonly known as one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world. This quaint little town comes alive from June through to December with the arrival of the southern right whales. These massive and majestic creatures can be viewed from the shore, even from the comfort of one of the many scrumptious seaside restaurants or you could take a boat trip from the harbour; here you will find several registered tour boats offering jaunts out into the bay for real close encounters. Curios and wonderful and knowledgeable guides.
While Hermanus boasts some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and bistros – there really is something for every palette. The most interesting of all and where you will dine on the freshest seafood would be Bientang’s Cave. This creative place is carved into the depths of a century old cave extending over the rocks almost to the water’s edge. It is famous for bouillabaisse soup, linefish grilled on open fire and an oyster bar which is literally on the rocks. Then after, when your tummies are full take a strole over to the Old Harbour Museum. This museum encompasses the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. The latter has informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale which is great for kids and in all honesty memorising to see!