Whale Season in Hermanus
Hermanus in the Western Cape During the Whale season!
Hermanus has a funny way of getting under your skin. I have never known if it is the laid back atmosphere of a seaside town, the ‘claimed’ most oxygenated air in the world or the proximity of spectacular nature so close to you at all times - all I know is that it is a special place.
July to November is ‘The whale watching season in Hermanus’
So I thought no better a time to drive up the coast from Cape Town (less than 120 kms) in search of some rest and relaxation. On arrival we are treated to a spectacular Hermanus winters day - blue sky, warm weather and calm seas. Furthermore, the whales were in full play and had come out to greet us. We settled into a cozy Hermanus bistro and watched the day unfold with some fine Creation Sauvignon Blanc.
The next day we woke early for a walk along the fabled Hermanus cliffpaths (a beautiful walk undulating between the town and the ocean, through the fynbos with lovely views of sea and mountain), followed by a refreshing (cold) winters swim.
I generally recommend that all of my clients self-driving up the garden route make at least a one day stop in Hermanus. When the whales are in season, it’s a no brainer. There is also so much to do over and above whale watching, including shark cage diving, boat based whale watching, walking, some of the finest golf courses in the country, wine tasting in the Hemel and Aarde valley and a fun seaside market.
Our favourite tour that incorporates Hermanus is the Cape Splendour: Whales, Winelands and Cape Town, this includes the best of the Western Cape, and can be undertake in any season and by self-drive .
We stayed at the divine Oceans Eleven Guest House, situated on the cliff path overlooking the ocean. At only 10 rooms, this lovely boutique hotel is a set away from the main part of the town and offers good value with great service. The design is beach side ‘Cape Cod’ and I have been told it was voted top 10 best views from a guest house worldwide (something I can agree on!!)
Some of our other favourites are The Marine Hotel (a more elegant and traditional seaside hotel that attracts those clientele who still prefer to walk in to Hermanus town), Birkenhead House (with its incredible décor and an enviable view over Voelklip beach) and Bamboo Guest House (a conveniently located and value orientated 4 star guest house run by Jim and Sue).
A full list of Hermanus attractions and our preferred hotels in Hermanus.