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Get to Know Hermanus

The world's best destination for land-based whale watching, Hermanus also happens to be surrounded by numerous beaches and coves, a wine valley and beautiful natural scenery.

Between July and November every year, a multitude of southern right whales migrate to the shores of the small seaside town and the former fishing village of Hermanus. They are easy to see from the beach or from the scenic coastal cliff paths that stretch all along and beyond the town. 

These paths also connect the town's two main beaches, Voëlklip and Grotto. Here, the sand is white and, although the water is chilly, the beaches are great for families. Both beaches are backed by quiet residential areas.

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Why Hermanus?

  • Hermanus lies just 140 kilometres from Cape Town
  • There are lifeguards on duty at the beaches throughout the summer holidays
  • The town may seem like a summer destination, but it’s relaxing place to visit all year
  • Popular for seasonal whale spotting

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FAQs about Hermanus

  • Prices for Whale Watching in Hermanus depending on who you book with the price ranges could look like the following prices.
  • Adults +- R1050 Seniors +- R950 Children (under 14) +-R500and (under 5) is for free
  • Siever's Point, which is closest to where the whales frolic, is one of the most popular places in Hermanus for whale watching.
  • Vehicles can approach the Kwaaiwater viewing point quite easily as well.
  • The Voelklip and Grotto beaches, especially on the cliffs above the water, are ideal for whale viewing and watching.
  • Between July and November, the greatest time to see whales in Hermanus is from land, by boat, or from the air via a scenic trip with a helicopter or by plane.
  • Most lodges and hotels will have safes for your valuables either in your room or at the reception.
  • The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). There are numerous currency exchange outlets and the main credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners) are normally accepted everywhere.
  • Most petrol stations and toll roads take credit cards, but always have a small amount of cash on you for tips etc. Numerous ATMs can be found in all the big towns.
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