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Hermanus Introduction

Hermanus is a resort town on the southeastern coast of South Africa. Over the years, it has grown from a small fishing village to a holiday destination popular for whale watching. Hermanus is considered as one of the best places in the world to spot whales in action. Aside from the whales, visitors also flock to Hermanus to enjoy its pristine beaches and its year-long mild weather. Additionally, Hermanus is an artists' enclave, serving as home to an active community of creatives.

Hotels in Hermanus

There's a wide array of accommodation in Hermanus. These lodging options are mostly in the form of guesthouses, B&Bs and holiday homes, with a handful of small boutique hotels thrown in. Many of the guesthouses and B&Bs are cosily furnished, tastefully decorated and affordably priced. These properties typically have outdoor pools, gardens and barbecue areas. Holiday homes are luxurious, many with beach access and well-equipped kitchens. Most of the boutique hotels in Hermanus are near the beach, and some even have direct beach access. Nearly all of these hotels have their own terraces for enjoying views of the surrounding sea and mountains.

Where to stay

The town centre is the historic and commercial heart of Hermanus. This is where you'll find many of the shopping centres and businesses in Hermanus, not to mention boutique hotels and luxury holiday homes. Many of Hermanus's heritage buildings still stand here today. The neighbourhood of Fernkloof sits on the edge of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. It's a popular destination for hikers and outdoor explorers. Golf enthusiasts also visit to play at the Fernkloof Golf Course. Westcliff is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Hermanus. Its clifftop vantage points are considered the best places to watch whales.

Things to see

The 2,000-hectare Fernkloof Nature Reserve is located in the outskirts of Hermanus. A popular hiking destination, the reserve is home to more than 1,600 species of flora, including some of the planet's largest carnivorous plants. You'll also find around 90 species of birds and other animals here. Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is Hermanus's wine valley. Here you'll find numerous vineyards specialising in pinot noir, as well as a number of organic farms. Grotto Beach is one of the main beaches of Hermanus. Families love it for its warm waters, which are gentle enough for children to swim in. Voelklip Beach is the town's party beach. It's a favourite haunt among the surfer crowd and young adults. Whale hunting used to be a part of daily living in Hermanus; now it's a thing of the past. At the Whale House Museum, you'll learn more about the important role whale hunting used to play in the town's life.

How to get to Hermanus

The most cost-effective way to get to Hermanus is by car. If you're coming from Cape Town International Airport, Hermanus is a 2-hour drive away. You can either rent a car and drive to Hermanus on your own or hire a car service. You'll find many car hire kiosks at the airport itself. From the airport, you can drive eastward to Hermanus on the N2. You can also use Route 44, a longer but more scenic road that hugs the coastline. Hermanus itself is a pretty compact town. You can get around easily on foot or on a bike.