Hermanus is a coastal holiday and retirement village situated against a mountain backdrop, on the Atlantic Ocean, 120kms from central Cape Town.
This popular centre in the scenic Overberg region attracts a lot of interest because it's known for offering some of the world's best whale viewing from its cliffs and rugged coastline.
Walker Bay where Hermanus is situated, attracts Southern Right whales which frequent the area from June to November, and congregate between August and October for mating and calving.
Keen whale watchers are alerted by a traditional whale crier who patrols the coastal streets, sounding his kelp horn when a whale is sighted.
The traditional Whale Festival takes place during September each year and is one of the high points on the calendar. It is held to celebrate the return of the whales to the Bay and to herald the arrival of Spring.
The town becomes a hive of activity during the festival and plays host to musicians and artists, who combine their talents and skills, providing entertainment to crowds of curious visitors. Hermanus is also famous for its craft market, outstanding cuisine and range of local quality wines.
To learn about the whaling history of Hermanus, make a point of visiting the Old Harbour Museum in Marine Drive, which mounts various interesting exhibitions.
Other popular Hermanus festivals are: The Kalfiefees and The Wine Village Food and Wine Faire.
Apart from whale watching, Hermanus has much to offer visitors to this part of the Overberg region. If you're a nature lover for example than you'll appreciate a hike in the 2000 ha Fernkloof Nature Reserve which extends along the Klein Rivier mountain range and backs the Walker Bay cliff path.
The Fernkloof reserve is one of the six recognized floral Kingdoms of the world, containing around 1600 species of Fynbos, as well as many varieties of birds, mammals and rodents. There are clearly signposted hiking and mountain bike trails through the reserve.
There are numerous activities in the region. These include guided tours, sea cruises, diving, horse trails, golf, 4x4 trails and various adventure excursions. Information
The beaches are characterised by white sand, good swimming and surfing. Most provide basic facilities and are suitable for families. The largest is known as Grotto Beach.
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