Top things to see and do in Hermanus

Hermanus is brimming with natural drama, a prolific art scene and the Hermel en Aarde wine valley. It is also famously known as the best place on the globe for shore-based whale watching. In fact, Walker Bay is a favourite breeding ground of the Southern Right Whale. 

In addition, we are one of the few small country towns in South Africa with a city-type infrastructure. This means that in addition to providing a great deal for you to see and experience Hermanus can fulfil all your practical holiday requirements.

  • Walk the famous Hermanus cliff path (11 kilometres or so), which winds along the coast for the entire length of the town
  • Various cliff path viewpoints provide for spectacular whale watching (particularly July to November) – dolphins and seals too - or book a whale watching boat trip
  • Walk, hike or mountain bike in Fernkloof Nature Reserve, which includes various walkways such as Hoy’s Koppie, dams, waterfalls and some remarkable indigenous flora and fauna
  • Follow the Hermanus wine route through mountains and fynbos covered hills in the Hemel-en-Aarde area
  • Visit several beaches, coves and sheltered bays along the Hermanus coastline to sunbathe, swim and explore rock pools
  • Outdoor adventure activities include surfing, canoeing, kayaking, kite flying, scuba diving, sandboarding and paragliding
  • Try a treetop ziplining canopy tour for some adrenaline adventure and incredible forest views
  • Go fishing (rock and surf angling)
  • Twitchers can enjoy spectacular bird diversity - more than 100 indigenous species in the Fernkloof Reserve alone
  • Book a shark cage diving experience and come face to face with some magnificent sea predators
  • Browse our art galleries, boutiques, speciality stores and weekend markets
  • Take a walking tour or a working abalone farm and find out more about these incredible mother of pearl enrobed edible sea snails
  • See the historic Old Harbour which remains the focal point of village life
  • Pamper yourself at a wellness salon
  • Pop in to a street café, coffee shop, bistro or restaurant for a light refreshment or tasty meal
  • Set out on a scenic drive up Rotary Way to the top of the mountain for breathtaking views of Walker Bay
  • Take a refreshing dip in the Pat’s Place seasonal pool, lounge on a deckchair with a sundowner, or sit peacefully in the garden with a good holiday read

Some of our walks or parts thereof are wheelchair and stroller-friendly.