Hermanus Travel Guide

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    Whale Fountain in Hermanus
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Hermanus Highlights

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     The atmosphere, the bay, the ocean 

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     It gets hectic over week ends 

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     Well worth a visit during the whale season 

Hermanus Things to Do

  • AVOID THIS CAGE DIVING COMPANY!

    I recently did a shark cage dive in Gansbaii near Hermanus...there were 24 of us [plus crew of 3] on a boat designed to hold about 12 people. You just couldn't move, it was chaos. The wet suits were just rubbish...mine had several holes and tears in it...the water is really cold there and you need a decent wet suit...after the first dive I was so...

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  • Wine Tasting at Hamilton Russell

    Their Pinot Noir is famous, so when we couldn't find our guesthouse (due to bad Google Maps directions) we decided to regroup by visiting Hamilton Russell :)The grounds are beautiful, and the woman pouring the wine is full of historical information. They only make Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and tasting is free. They also have olive oil, which I...

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  • Whale watching cruises

    Hermanus is famous for whales. Often, you can see whales from the shore. However, if you want to increase your odds of seeing them, the best way to do it is to go on a whale watching cruise, which we did. Our cruise lasted for 3 hours and we saw about 10 different whales, including both right whales and humpback whales. One group of whales came...

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  • ol harbour museum

    Little museum has several exhibitions They have big huge skeleton of Southern Right Whale. The have many examples of different fish against the wall and then also some marine tanks where sea urchans are kept.Tickets R7.00 per adult and R2.00 per child

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  • Shopping

    Hermanus has lots of shops and factory shops where you can buy all sorts of things, including local crafts

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  • Old Harbour museum

    Hermanus started in - 1855Allengenski Complex built in - 1870Harbour wall was built in - 1904Crane was built in - 1915Gutting tables were built in - 1935Last boats in Old Harbour - about 1958The Old Harbour was proclaimed 'a Museum' in 1972I include a web site with more info!

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  • Whale Watch from Westcliff

    We had a great view of the whales from outside our B&B in Westcliff. Bonus, we were not surrounded by other tourists/whale watchers.

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  • Whale Watching

    This is probably what you will visit Hermanus for in the first place. The whales visit Hermanus from July onwards with the best month being October and then petering out to December. Sightings are more likely on wind free cloudless days but a quick phonecall to the local tourism office 0283122629 will confirm if sightings have taken place.Once in...

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  • Grotto Beach

    Grotto Beach is one of many beaches along the shores of Hermanus. Grotto is different to most though due to its physical characteristics. This beach stretches on for (litterally kilometers) along the bay and is great for swimming or long easy walks.

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  • The Whale Festival September

    The Whale Festival is without doubt the Premier event of this little holiday town's yearly calendar. Thousands of people flock here to see the Whales that gather along its shores. Definitely worth a visit and a great time of year to visit this area. What is particularly great bout this is that the whales can be spotted from both land or sea!

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  • Whale watching

    Whale watching is particularly popular in this area because there is quite a large amount of whales in the area. Hermanus lies within a huge bay which provides some level of protection to newborn whales which in turn means that this is where they come to give birth. The best would be to take a boat tour out and experience this for yourself. These...

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  • Walk

    Take a walk on the rocks (there is not much of a beach). There are nice paths along the sea. Take a walk through the town. Lots of nice shops, crafts, art, antiques etc. Tons of coffee shops and restaurants. I loved the look of this guest house.

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Hermanus Restaurants

  • Local Place in the New Harbor

    While I really wanted to try out the Milkwood restaurant in town, the manager of our B&B convinced us to try out Harbour Rock- saying the other place was stuffy. I have to admit that I was not too impressed with Harbour Rock. It had a feel like a seafood place in the states. Outside seating on the water (but it was too cool to sit outside) and lots...

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  • A great little restaurant in Hermanus

    Savannah Cafe is a small restaurant a block or two inland from the water in Hermanus. We stumbled across it when we got lost trying to find the boat for our whale-watching tour - we did a U-turn in the restaurant's parking lot. After our whale-watching tour was finished, we decided to eat a late lunch before driving back to Cape Town. Someone in...

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  • Nice Place for Lunch with a View

    After walking around Hermanus and looking at the menus posted on all the outside cafes, I decided to try out the Savannah Cafe which is located on the second floor of a building in the village square with a view of the water. While I sat inside, they do have an outside balcony that looks out onto the water. The waitress convinced me to try the ice...

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  • Basic but good

    There are several places to choose from along the front of Hermanus to find something to eat. We chose this place because we just wanted something basic and a drink. It was not until after we had the meal, that it dawned on us that the name of the place was named after me!We wanted something basic but the menu did us proud. Loads of different...

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  • The best calamari

    It is more of a take-away than a restaurant. The calamari and chips. The portions are enormous. Too much actually but it is so nice you just overeat every time. It is cheap. About R20. Half the price that you will pay at a Fishmonger and ten times as nice. The Fishmonger's calamri is very nice. That should give you an idea how nice it is.

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  • Coffee anyone

    Now this is what I call heaven. Drinking your coffee in these surroundings with these two lovely paintings on the wall. The food they serve are great.

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Hermanus Shopping

  • Old world Charm:

    Some of the brick brac that you can buy at Dassiesfontein, which was used on a large scale by the rural farming community some years back, but that has become fashion items for your home now.

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  • Pottery:

    The pottery place has moved their ?factory? to Botrivier, but their sales office is still to be found on the R43 road between Botrivier and Hermanus next to the Shell Garage. These pots are quite heavy, but the designs are just great. It is quite pricy, but worth it.

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Hermanus Warnings and Dangers

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    Anna on the boat.  She had no problems.

    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 21, 2009

    We had a great time on our whale-watching cruise out of Hermanus. However, the surf was pretty choppy, with a lot of 3-5 foot high waves witting the boat. One of our fellow passengers got seasick over the side, and a couple of others looked like they were a little queasy. However, the discomfort was worth it, as we got some great up-close views of whales.

    If you are prone to seasickness or motion sickness, this may not be the boat ride for you, unless you can take medication to control your issues. Beware that you are going to be out on the boat for at least 2 hours, so it will be a long, miserable trip if you get sick.

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Hermanus What to Pack

  • Bring Your Binoculars

    While you can spot whales with the naked eye, you really cannot enjoy seeing them frolick and play without binoculars. We were lucky that we brought 2 pairs with us- one that even takes photos. I spent hours watching them - from our B&B room, from the rocks outside our B&B, from the look-out point, etc.

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  • Binoculars!

    At the very least, pack a basic pair of binoculars! There is nothing worse than other people all around you watching whales in the distance through binoculars and ohh and ahhing and you are straining your eyesight to see what they viewing! I didn't take mine with me and have regretted it ever since.....

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Hermanus Off The Beaten Path

  • Onrus

    Onrus is a few km away from Hermanus.It has sandy beaches. Ideal for the kids to play.Hermanus doesn't have much of a beach area. If you need some sand and water go to Onrus.

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  • Fishing village at Arniston

    Here you'll discover an authentic fishing village – also known as Kassiesbaai – dating back to the early 19th Century, and now a national monument. Wander down to the harbour and buy your fish directly from the boat. Fresh and cheap.

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  • Arniston (Waenhuiskrans)

    Arniston is quiet, beautiful little fishing village just over a 100 km from Hermanus.Arniston is also know as Waenhuiskrans.The name came from the massive Waenhuiskrans ( Wagon House Cave) – so named because it is large enough to turn a wagon with a full team of oxen. The cave is only accessible at low tide for an hour or two.The name Arniston came...

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Hermanus Sports & Outdoors

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    by TRimer Updated Jan 18, 2007

    Joe was dying to go shark diving in South Africa. Having my new husband swimming in a cage with great white sharks did not overjoy me to say the least. I could not even disuade him by making him watch Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. He was determined to go. So when we got to Hermanus we asked Barry, manager at our B&B, about booking. Unfortunately, the places he called were booked already for their morning dives. So Joe booked for a 12 noon dive and I was to "shop" for the afternoon. He booked with "The Shark Lady Adventures". He drove the 45 minutes on a narrow road to Gans Baai- where all the shark dive places are lined up. He was there a little early and they had him watch a video of the dive. Unfortunately, it turned out to be too windy to do the dive- so he ended up having to go golfing for the afternoon. I heard about him missing shark diving the entire trip so if you really want to go- book early.

    Equipment: According to the website, you will need at least an open water one diving qualification to dive in a cage using a regulator. All divers will be screened by the divemaster and we will require your dive number.

    The price is R1900.00 and will include a metal cage dive as well as the crystal cage.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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Hermanus Favorites

  • Make sure accom is where you want it!!

    Make sure when booking where your accom is situated, do you want the busy street? or how far from sea? or beach? or do you want to be in a bit quieter place? the names of some accom sound as if they are right on beach where in actual fact its not so close, so make sure you ask info and get what you want.

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  • Very busy in season

    If you looking for a quiet place then maybe this is not for you during season times, lots of traffic!

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  • Stunning landscapes

    This area in particular is incredibly beautiful and offers amazing views in any direction. It is worth it to take a lazy walk on the long beaches or even go hiking up the hills around the town itself. There is a route as you enter town (Called the scenic route) which offers an amazing view over the whole area and Bay. The drive bot into the...

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