Hermanus & Route 62

Hermanus and Route 62 boasts some of the finest whale-watching in the world and spectacular coastal scenery close to Cape Town.


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.

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Why you may love it

  • 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

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When to visit Hermanus & Route 62

Mid-November to mid-March


Hermanus shares the Mediterranean climate of Cape Town and the Winelands. But the Southern Coast generally has a slightly more temperate climate with more variable weather. However inland, around Swellendam and the Route 62 the weather is consistently sunny, hot and dry.
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 81 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

Mid-March to April


Autumn is a lovely time of year on the South Coast. Though it is cooler, it’s a great time to be active as the sun is not so scorching.
MAX TEMP 22.5 ℃ / 72 ℉
MIN TEMP 12 ℃ / 54 ℉

May to August


This is our “winter” and yes it does feel wintery. But this is a gentle winter. You may have rain, but it rains only 2-3 days every 2 weeks or so. July sees the start of the whale-viewing season along the coast with whales sighted frequently from July to November. It’s not the ideal time to visit but winter special offers make it more attractive.
MAX TEMP 19 ℃ / 66 ℉
MIN TEMP 8 ℃ / 46 ℉

September to mid-November


The spring is one of the best times to visit, as it is both whale-watching season. And the fynbos, the Cape’s unique flowery vegetation, is in full bloom in the late spring months of September and October. As elsewhere in the world, spring is variable. It could be sunny and warm. Or there could be late-season passing showers. As it is not scorchingly hot, it’s a great time for sight-seeing and being active such as hiking up Table Mountain or sea-kayaking.
MAX TEMP 22 ℃ / 72 ℉
MIN TEMP 12 ℃ / 54 ℉

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  • NatureHome to the beautiful Fernkloof Nature Reserve
  • MarineHermanus is known for some of the best land-based whale watching in the world