From Hermanus to Arniston (Waenhuiskrans)
We are very restless travelers. We don't seem to have the ability to stay in one place, there is always something we need to see. i know there are some people that can go to Durban or Margate or where ever and spend the whole week or two in this one place.
From Hermanus the road to Arniston goes through many little interesting towns like Bedford, Napier, Agulhas, Struisbaai etc.
This can easily be done as a daytrip. Our intention was only to stop at Agulhas and then travel onto Arniston but at the end we stopped in many of the little towns .
The generic name for the fine-leafed shrubbery that is the major vegetation type in the Western Cape. The famous protea is part of this family. It is also the smallest of the world?s six floral kingdoms, but has the highest number of species per area. More than 1600 species have been recorded in the reserves around Hermanus.
Hermanus -- Whales and Wonders!
"A Favorite Weekend Destination"
The lovely seaside town of Hermanus is no secret! Capetonians flock there on weekends (it is only an hour or so away and the drive is lovely) or have summer homes there. There are many charming bed and breakfasts, good restaurants and the famous whale watching experience from about July through November!
"Strolling the Cliff Walk"
All along the sea's edge running for several miles is the cliff walk. Much if not all of it is conservation area, altho some parts go right past people's lovely vacation homes. The path is well maintained and low exertion and offers not only beautiful views of the sea (which can be enjoyed on the many benches placed along the trail and the rocks) but a chance to see the whales. We had to wait and watch but were rewarded with about 6 whales from afar. If you come at the right time, the whales come right up to the shore, close enough to touch!
"It's Not Just About the Whales!"
The flowers along cliff walk are lovely -- fynbos, aloes, and lillies (depending on the season of course). Look carefully and you'll see the jewel colored tiny sunbird in the bushes! And watch for the plump Dassies cavorting near the Old Harbour.