Holidays to Hermanus

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Once a quiet fishing village, Hermanus is now the centre of South Africa's celebrated Whale Route. Expect cosy seaside charm from this coastal offering, with whale sightings second to none. The magnificent creatures for which the town is famous are best seen in Hermanus from July to October. While a wide variety of whale species pass through the area your main sightings are most likely to be the impressive Southern right whales.

Great White cage diving Family holidays to Hermanus at Walker Bay beach Dolphin breach

The town is perfect for leisurely watching the whales, with Walker Bay a popular haunt for females to travel inshore to calve. Cliff-top paths are the gateway to these kind of sightings although for the more adventurous there's the chance to get up close to these colossal creatures. Boat trips take guests out to sea for a closer look in the thick of the action. While whale watching is very much its main drawn, holidays to Hermanus also offer a range of shops, luxury accommodation and reputedly one of the best wine shops in South Africa: the Wine Village.

Hermanus Highlights

  • Watch female Southern right whales come inshore to Walker Bay and calve
  • Enjoy spectacular views and cosy seaside charm
  • Take a boat trip to get closer to the whale migration
  • Indulge in the Wine Village: one of South Africa's best wine shops

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Selected Hermanus Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Hermanus

All South Africa Itineraries
Lion on game drive

Cape Town, Hermanus, Panorama Route and Kruger Family Holiday

Days
14
Cost For Family of 4
From $10,920 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Hermanus, Thornybush Nature Reserve, Panorama Route
View

Cape Town, Hermanus, Knysna and Safari Family Holiday

Days
14
Cost For Family of 4
From $8,310 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Hermanus, Knysna, Amakhala Game Reserve
Great White

Cape Town and Hermanus Self Drive Holiday

Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $2,300 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Hermanus
Kirstenbosch Gardens

The Cape Highlights Self Drive

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $3,600 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Winelands, Hermanus, Plettenberg Bay, Shamwari Game Reserve

Hermanus Accommmodation

All South Africa accommodations
  • Abalone Guest Lodge
    Standard garden room

    Abalone Guest Lodge owns a fantastic beach front position on Sievers Point - situated between Hermanus town centre and its stunning beaches, from the coastal paths enjoy whale watching at certain times of the year.

  • Birkenhead House
    Perched high on the cliffs

    Perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus, Birkenhead House is a luxury property with phenomenal views over Walker Bay, a spot renowned for whale watching.

  • Birkenhead Villa
    Exterior

    Set high on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, Birkenhead Villa is an ideal location for those travelling to the area for whale watching and is the ideal luxury seaside retreat.

  • De Hoop Collection
    Campsite Rondavels

    Set in the Western Cape, De Hoop Nature Reserve is a beautiful and remote slice of wilderness. A great place to whale watch you can also expect contrasting landscapes and rare bird life.

  • Grootbos Forest Lodge
    Luxury suite bedroom

    Found in Grootbos Nature Reserve, Forest Lodge is surrounded by Milkwood forest and boasts wonderfully luxurious suites and sweeping panoramic views.

  • Grootbos Garden Lodge
    Pool at night

    Surrounded by carefully manicured fynbos gardens and native trees, Grootbos Garden Lodge is a small and intimate property offering a number of luxury suites in the natural beauty of Grootbos Nature Reserve.

  • Ocean Eleven Guest House
    Exterior

    Set in Hermanus on Walker Bay, this luxury property rests on the coastal paths for which the area is known and boasts incredible ocean views. At certain times of the year gaze out to sea and watch whales breach the waves from the comfort of your suite.

  • The Marine
    area piscina

    With spectacular views over Walker Bay and the Overberg Mountains, The Marine's clifftop positioning is there to be enjoyed. Indulge in whale watching, excellent accommodation and superb cuisine.

  • Lavender Manor Guest House
    Exterior

    Overlooking Walker Bay, expect fantastic sea views and the chance to enjoy the stunning beaches of Hermanus, which are a mere 2 minute walk away.