Hermanus is a small town an hour and a half along the east coast from Cape Town. Once famous for the healing powers of its ‘champagne air’ Hermanus now boasts another claim to fame. Hermanus is the best land based whale watching site in the world. The Southern Right Whale visits the shores all along South Africa’s Western Cape coast every year from July to November to breed and calve. But nowhere offers views of this magical phenomenon quite like Hermanus.With its 12 kilometres of cliff top paths which stretch the length of the town and offer unparalleled views of the bay where the whales like to frolic, Hermanus offers an unforgettable whale watching experience.
The most common whale seen in Hermanus is the Southern Right Whale, so called because it was considered by whalers the ‘right’ whale to hunt due to the fact that it floated when killed. Keen spotters however may also be lucky enough to see Humpbacks or Brydes whales and occasionally even Killer Whales.
If whale watching from the cliff tops is not up close and personal enough for you there is also the option of boat based whale watching trips. They will take you closer to the whales then you ever dreamed of being and give you the opportunity to spot other wildlife such as dolphins, seals and otters.
If the weather is not conducive to whale watching, do not despair. There are plenty of other things to do in and around Hermanus. There are many great wine farms in the region which offer wine tastings and cellar tours as well as a number of fabulous art galleries which showcase local talent.