Hermanus is situated along the southern coastline of South Africa, near the world famous attraction of the Garden Route. Hermanus is recognised by the WWF and Greenpeace as being one the best whale watching destinations in the world! Just a stone’s throw from the metropolitan city of Cape Town, Hermanus is one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in the country. It is a stunning location, nestled below the majestic mountain ranges of the Overberg area. A favourite dwelling of the Southern Right whale, each year these majestic creatures travel from the arctic to calve. It is a captivating sight watching the adults and young playing together in the warm bays, just off the shoreline of the Southern Cape coast. Whale season occurs annually during the winter months, from July through to November. Visitors flock to the area during to enjoy the wonderful sights and attractions, with the week-long annual Whale Festival taking place at the end of September. Humpback whales and Bryde Whales are also spotted, with the highest number of whales ever being viewed in one day at a massive 200.
A rich marine conservation area, the waters off the coast of Hermanus are teaming with sea life, including penguins, seals, dolphins, sea birds, and rarely orca’s (killer whales). Just around the corner from Hermanus lies Gansbaai, the Great White Shark capital of the world! Try the once in a lifetime experience of shark cage diving, which gets you up close and personal with the apex predator of the oceans. A nature lover’s paradise, this stunning Overberg area is rich with flora and fauna, and offers panoramic mountain and ocean views. With plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy such as hiking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, golfing, and even wine tasting, a holiday to Hermanus offers a multitude of delights! Based in the greater Cape area, Greatest Africa are on the ground experts and Southern Africa travel specialists. Allow us to guide you in the ultimate Cape experience, which may also include a memorable day of private wine tasting, or an exciting fishing charter.