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About Hermanus

Whales, wine, and spectacular coastal terrain collide in Hermanus, a former fishing village tucked between mountainous cliffs and the surf-strewn sea. With such offerings, it's no surprise that Hermanus has become one of the most popular destinations in all of South Africa's scenic Western Cape. Whether you're coming for a winter vacation or a summer weekend, our Hermanos vacation rentals are the best way to experience its many charms for yourself.

Where is Hermanus, South Africa?

Hermanus is located on the coast of the Western Cape, 200 miles due west of the surf haven of Mossel Bay and 75 miles southeast of the bustling city of Cape Town. Perched on the blue waters of Walker Bay, Hermanus has become an exceptionally popular destination for whale watching, and even boasts an annual Whale Festival each September.

Things to Do in Hermanus

With whole schools of southern right whales passing through the waters just offshore, Hermanus has garnered a reputation as the finest land-based whale watching destination in the world. For an intimate encounter with these majestic creatures, take a cruise or a sea kayak tour out into the bay. You'll have plenty of opportunities to spot them playing and breaching from land, though, either from the Blue Flag-designated Grotto Beach or the spectacular Cliff Path just outside of town.

In addition to whale watching, you'll find much more in Hermanus to keep you entertained. Exploring the mountainous terrain of the Fernkloof Nature Preserve or take a horseback ride down the town's stunning sweep of beach. Sample some of South Africa's finest wines on the Hermanus Wine Route, then browse the popular Craft Market at Lemm's Corner, where you'll find hand-crafted jewelry, paintings, and craftwork from local artists.

And that's only the beginning! Many adventures await in this charming South African village - book your stay in one our Hermanus vacation homes today. 

Photo Credit: Bernard Dupont via Flickr