From all over the world people come to watch whales mate and calve
from July to November, as Hermanus is famous for being the best
land-based whale watching venue in the world.
Every year Hermanus hosts a "Whale Festival" and the
famous "Whale Crier", the only in the world, strides the
streets of the town with sandwich boards and maps, sounding his
kelp horn to announce where whales have been sighted.
Hermanus is thought by many to be one of the best holiday and fishing
resorts in the world. Die Plaat, part of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve,
has twelve kilometres of unspoilt, wild beaches, at which fishing,
horseriding and walking below the highwater mark is allowed.
You also find the magnificent beaches of Grotto and Voëlklip
along Walker Bay.
It also has a very good reputation as an angler's paradise. There
are three factories here that processes the hauls brought in by
the local fisherman.
Hermanus grew as a holiday destination because of the restrictions
on private travel during WW II. Farmers from the Overberg area used
this village as their holiday venues.
At Voëlklip and Grotto beaches you can swim and surf, while
in the Kleinsriviervlei lagoon you can do boating.
Hermanus offers a variety of walks like the one from the new harbour
to the mouth of the Klein River. Then there's Die Mond, where canoes,
pedal boats, windsurfers, etc. can be hired.
And Onrus River, a resort at the lagoon's mouth , with a natural
bathing pool. Birds inhabit the vlei, and the area is frequented
by anglers, skin divers and surfers.
Scenic drives include the Rotary Way above Hermanus, with sweeping
views down to Danger Point, or follow the Hemel en Aarde Valley,
past vineyards and orchards, via Shaw's Pass to Caledon.
The old harbour was converted into a museum with its exhibits housed
in restored fisherman's cottages, with a sonar buoy to transmit
The Museum telescope is also available to identify whales in the
bay, as they are leaping from the water and lobtailing, as they
go about courting, mating and calving. Guided tours are also available.
Hermanus also has the 1 446 Ha Fernkloof Nature Reserve, which
has magnificent mountain and coastal Fynbos and other plants, snakes
and about 48 Erica and 75 bird species.
Various walking and hiking trails are laid out for the nature lover.