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Sheer cliff-faces battered by the force of the foaming Atlantic. A horizon of seemingly endless blue. And an increasingly trendy town, backdropped by South Africa’s trademark mountainous landscape. One thing’s for sure: the 11km cliff path, where all the best views in Hermanus are to be found, is nothing if not staggeringly scenic.
Running from the New Harbour in the west to just beyond the sought-after sands of Grotto Beach in the east, Hermanus’ cliff path not only provides great whale-watching opportunities but is also protected by Fernkloof Nature Reserve, meaning that there will be plenty of flora and fauna native to the Western Cape to admire whilst you meander. Which yep, you’ve guessed it, means a whole lot of fynbos.
Onland, dassie (the South African version of our squirrels are distant relatives of the elephant, so are obviously cooler) and sea bird viewings are plentiful, but, to get up close and personal with the good stuff, taking to the ocean is your best bet. An organised boat tour not quite adventurous enough for you? Then sea kayaking is sure to get your adrenaline pumping – especially when you know that Southern Right Whales flock here upon mass. As for those that like to live life on the edge, you can’t visit South Africa without ticking a Great White Shark dive off your bucket-list.
But, not to be limited to its natural world offerings, what was once a small fishing village has now grown into quite the hip place to be. Competing with the whales as some of Hermanus’ number one fans are the large number of artists that reside here. From painters to writers, potters to craftsmen, Hermanus boasts a variety of expert artists making its galleries and markets second-to-none – definitely a place to bag yourself some holiday mementos.
Sleepy fishing village no more, Hermanus is now a hotspot for adventure. Like most of South Africa, this is a place that wholeheartedly embraces the great outdoors. Whether grabbing your hiking boots and binoculars or donning a wetsuit, Hermanus’ dramatic setting has something for everyone.
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With its whale-rich shoreline, artsy town and adventurous spirit, Hermanus is a must for any savvy travellers intending to discover the varied delights that South Africa offers. Take a look at our blogs to see how best to incorporate this incredible destination into your travels.
It’s thanks to fynbos that the Western Cape is both the world’s smallest and richest floral kingdom in the world, its biodiversity beating that of the world’s rainforests – even the Amazon.
It’s one for the adventurous souls. The wine connoisseurs. Wildlife obsessed. Tree huggers. Hiking enthusiasts. History buffs. And anyone who lives to grab life by the horns.
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