Hermanus is a very cozy fisherman’s coastal town located on Walkers Bay in the Western Cape province. Hermanus is the best known place when it comes to whale watching and from July to November it is pleasantly busy here. The wonderful climate and beautiful surroundings, however, attract day visitors and tourists all year round.
The most important attraction of course remains spotting the whales. There are different ways to see them: ashore, with a Whale watching boat trip or even from an airplane. Hermanus is the only place where the Whale Announcer walks around, he honks his horn when whales can be seen in the bay. To celebrate that the whales are back, the Hermanus Whale Festival is held every year (end of September).
In addition to whale watching, you can also do other things in Hermanus such as a boat trip, kayaking, shark cage diving, tandem paragliding, diving, sailing and horse riding. In addition to the weekly fresh food market, there are regular art, antiques and craft markets. There are several kilometers long, wide beaches where you can swim and walk wonderfully.
If you love to play golf then you are at the right place. Hermanus itself has the well-attended Hermanus golf course, Bobbeans themselves feel at home here and will follow your game at a safe distance. And just a little further away is the beautiful Arabella golf course, where you certainly have to play 18 holes!
The villages of Gansbaai and Stanford are close by and worth a visit. The adjacent Heaven and Earth Valley should not be missed if you like delicious food and beautiful wines.
The Southern Right Whale is the most common but the Brydes and Humpback Whale are also seen. Around May they come to the coast of South Africa to calve and mate.
Most whales can be seen in October after which they leave. The name Southern Right Whale (Zuidkapers) is so named, because the whalers found this whale the right whale and because it was easy to kill. Southern hijackers can become between 14 and 17 meters long and weigh between 45 and 70 tonnes. An easy way to recognize this whale is the way it frees its lungs from fluid. He blows out the water in a V-shape. This is also the only one of its kind that has no dorsal fin.