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Whale watching, wine-tasting and lazing on the beach

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.

Popular Hermanus safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Mountain Walk

Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)

Experience a safari adventure that combines the very best of Victoria Falls with the undeniable highlights of Cape Town and the Whale Coast.

$ 3,807

£ 2,955

R 65,220


per person

10 days

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Adel Groenewald says

I love visiting Hermanus just before summer kicks off, but I also really enjoy walking along the cliff paths during winter, as the sea holds an imposing beauty at this time of year. 

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The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is a dream for wine lovers and the wines have a special quality that is only found in vineyards that receive a constant, cool sea breeze. Wine tastings here are often paired with nature trails and scenic lunches. For nature-lovers, Fernkloof Nature Reserve stretches behind the town into the hills and hikes along its fynbos trails offer panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean.

Walker Bay Nature Reserve runs along the ocean, with many trails, a long, deserted beach and picnic spots amid the coastal vegetation. Hermanus Golf Club may well be one of the prettiest courses in the country, with beautiful ocean and mountain views from its greens. For a look into the town's history, the Soldiers' Memorial Museum commemorates the experience of an individual soldier. The Whale House Museum teaches visitors more about the migrating whales, as well as the dolphins and humpback whales that are also found in the area.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Hermanus

When is the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve?

A Grumeti safari is rewarding throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve is during the migration months of June and July - when massive herds of wildebeest arrive to cross the crocodile-infested Grumeti River… go there.

When is the best time to visit Arusha National Park?

The best time to visit Arusha National Park is from June to October, during the dry season. It is easier to spot the wildlife - since they normally gather around the waterholes, rainfall is minimal, vegetation is not too thick and mosquitos… go there.

When is the best time to visit Saanane Island National Park?

June to August during the dry season, is the best time to visit Saanane Island National Park. This season is great for game drives, picnic as well as rock hiking. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park?

June to October is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park. During the dry season - when the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.

When is the best time to track chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park?

July to October, during the dry months - is the best time to track the chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Chimpanzees can be found easily on the low mountains slopes. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park?

June to October is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park. During the dry season, the wildlife concentrate around waterholes and rivers - making it easier to spot them. go there.

How fit do I need to be to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro?

There is no need to go overboard with fitness preparation for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. However, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical undertaking, so you should prepare yourself accordingly with a Kilimanjaro training program. Being in… go there.

Is Tanzania a good birding destination?

Tanzania is a good birding destination - estimated with 800 species are resident and nearly 200 are regular migrant. However, Migrants are present from November to April. go there.

When is the best time to visit Lake Manyara National Park?

June to September, during the dry season. The wildlife is easier to spot - since they congregate around the water sources. However, migratory birds can be found. go there.

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Reviews on our Hermanus safaris

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

After initially contacting Discover Africa, Karl Svendsen contacted me and we started the process of getting a quote and defining an itinerary for a safari to Tanzania. Karl was extremely professional and timely in his responses and in short…

Fantastic safari and excellent logistics!

from United States

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

We had the most wonderful time in Tanzania. We left yesterday and miss it already. We saw the big 5 and felt super lucky to see the lions and leopard with their kill. Our guide was also wonderful. Thank YOU for planning our trip of a…

Debbie Wei

We had a wonderful experience with the Discover Africa team on our trip to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Due to unforeseen circumstances we needed to head down early and their team were most helpful in arranging exciting new options for us while…

Mark Tomlinson

from South Africa

Our service from Carel at Discover Africa was outstanding. His recommendations on the timing of our trip, the lodges we should book, communication and overall assistance ensured that our trip went off very smoothly and that we were in the…

Patti Legg

from South Africa

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