Holidays to Hermanus

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
  • 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

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.

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Hermanus Accommmodation

Abalone Guest Lodge

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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.

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Birkenhead House

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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.

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De Hoop Collection

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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.

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Grootbos Forest Lodge

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

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Grootbos Garden Lodge

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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.

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Mosaic Private Sanctuary

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One of South Africa's finest hidden gems on the Cape Whale Coast, Mosaic Private Sanctuary offers its guests an area of extraordinary beauty for contemplation and adventure.

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Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

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A 5 star villa, Mosselberg on Grotto Beach offers luxurious rooms close to Grotto Beach in Hermanus, perfectly located for whale watching in season.

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Ocean Eleven Guest House

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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.

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