A pleasant hour-and-a-half drive from Cape Town, and found at the foot of the Olifantsberg Mountains, the quaint seaside town of Hermanus boasts incredible natural beauty. It’s also one of the best places to see Southern Right whales during calving season.
Found in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, this seaside village is the best place to do whale watching in South Africa, and is definitely worth a visit. From the picturesque scenery of the wine farms and Blue Flag beaches, to the cultural prestige of the art and culinary experiences, Hermanus is a refined wonder ideal for a dazzling adventure of a lifetime. Explore the limitless options of hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, swimming, angling, surfing, scuba diving, and more at this secluded seaside delight.
Experience festivals and traditions like the Whale Crier sounding a kelp horn to announce whale sightings.
View inspiring contemporary, modern, and fine art at galleries in the centre of Hermanus.
Spend time on the seemingly unending coastline of the Blue Flag status Grotto Beach.
Stop at the various wine farms, restaurants, delis, and stalls of the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
Hike the Hermanus Cliff Path for beautiful floral sights and strategic whale watching points.
Explore the Klipgat Cave’s fascinating archaeological history and dramatic ocean views.
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Best time to go to Hermanus
Although the coldest months are between June and August with an average day temperature of 16°C, from July to November, you can spot migrating Southern right whales at various points, making it the best time to visit Hermanus. The winter season is not very cold but has many indoor activities in store for chilly days, like visiting wineries, restaurants, and art galleries. From November to April, the temperatures are pleasant, mostly ranging between 18 - 28°C, with limited rainfall. Summer seasons bring sunny days perfect for swimming, surfing, and scuba diving.
Featured Hermanus stays
Luxury accommodation on the magnificent oceanfront of Hermanus