Hermanus & Route 62 are two of the famous attractions of the Cape Whale Coast. A bountiful area of gentle rolling green pastures, picturesque vineyards and unspoilt coastline between the Winelands to the west and the Garden Route to the east.
Hermanus offers plenty of attractions including some of the finest land-based whale watching in the world. Southern Right whales can be spotted between July and December (peaking in August and September). The whales come right into the bays to give birth. During peak season enthralling sightings – from land and by boat – are a daily occurrence. You are likely to see spectacular breaches and other acrobatics of these gentle giants.
Some visitors hurtle straight through from Cape Town to the Garden Route. If you have some time, why not take the scenic coastal road to Hermanus, Gansbaai or Arniston? Alternatively head inland on the spectacular Route 62 country road which meanders past charming villages and game reserves.
The cosmopolitan fishing town of Hermanus offers all year round charm. Hermanus boasts stunning beaches, coastal walking trails, some of the finest wine estates in South Africa, beautiful fynbos vegetation and spring flowers. The more adventurous can even experience shark cage diving at nearby Gansbaai.
One hour to the east lies the delightful fishing village of Arniston, with its warm sandy beaches and turquoise blue seas. Visit the cave at Waenhuiskrans, the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas or one of South Africa’s prettiest nature reserves, De Hoop Nature Reserve.
Inland lies the picturesque town of Swellendam with its majestic oak trees, lovely gardens and well-preserved Cape Dutch architecture. Route 62 is the world’s longest wine route and offers a scenic alternative to the N2 highway. It meanders past the charming towns of Robertson, Swellendam and Montagu, and on to the dramatic rugged moutain passes of the Little Karoo.
- Spectacular whale-watching from land, sea or air
- Wine-tasting at Hermanus or along Route 62
- Secluded sandy beaches at Hermanus, Arniston or De Hoop
- Shark-cage diving
- Visit the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas
- Walk along the coastal trail at Hermanus
- Boat cruises to see the Cape Fur Seals and Great White sharks
- Visit the Botanical centre at Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus
- View the rare and endangered Bontebok at the Bontebok National Park on Route 62
- Big Five game-viewing at Sanbona
Best time to Visit?
This depends on your interests…
If you want to see Southern Right whales in Hermanus bay – come between July and November, preferably between August and October. However if you are attracted by the general beauty of the area, the beaches and the country, then the summer months of November to March are perfect.
Please note that this is a winter rainfall area so Hermanus gets its wet weather between May and September.