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How to Spend 1 Day in Hermanus

How to Spend 1 Day in Hermanus

From whale watching and cage diving with great white sharks to sipping wine in picturesque vineyards, Hermanus offers a coastal vacation packed with iconic marine life and some of South Africa’s best wine—all set in the scenic Western Cape. Here’s how to make the most of one day in this seaside paradise. 

Morning: Whale Watching

Start your day with coffee and rusks (traditional South African biscuits) in one of the many cafes overlooking Walker Bay. Then, after a walk through downtown’s quaint streets, make your way along the path that lines the rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean. If you visit between June and December, you might spot southern right whales, humpback whales, and Bryde’s whales from your perch above the bay. Or, get a closer look on a whale-watching boat tour with a whale specialist who offers insights into the nature, habitat, and lives of the surrounding marine life.

Afternoon: Cage Diving with Sharks

If seeing great white sharks face-to-face is of interest, hop on a boat tour that takes off from nearby Kleinbaai or Gansbaai—both world-renowned shark cage diving destinations just across the bay from Hermanus. Then, if nature is in your favor, you can look a great white shark in the eye from the security of a cage off the coast of South Africa. Those wanting to experience the tamer side of South Africa can spend the afternoon immersed in wildflowers and fynbos on the hiking trails at nearby Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

Night: Wine and Dine

As evening sets in, it’s time to relax with a glass of the region’s renowned wine and a traditional South African meal. You can visit one of the many nearby wineries for a wine tasting paired with cheese, chocolate, or a gourmet dinner. Alternatively, if you are tired from your day of adventure, there are numerous sipping and dining options just steps from downtown accommodations. There, you can wrap up your day with local wines and fresh seafood while watching the sunset over Walker Bay. 

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Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus

Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus

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Maximize your chances of seeing whales with this boat tour from Hermanus. Learn about the magnificent mammals from a whale specialist as you head out onto the water. Depending on the time of year keep an eye out for humpback, Bryde's, and southern right whales, as well as dolphins and seals.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.21
From
$77.21

Fernkloof Guided Half day Walk

Fernkloof Guided Half day Walk

Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a 4448 acre (1800 hectares) fynbos and wildflower haven in the mountains outside of Hermanas. The park has an array of trails and more than 1600 flower species. A guide helps you choose the trails that suit you best and identify flora and fauna along the way. While learning about the Cape Floral Kingdom, you’ll also see wildlife, birds, and panoramic coastal views.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.46
per group
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$85.46
per group

Fernkloof Reserve Fynbos Walk

Fernkloof Reserve Fynbos Walk

There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity. A guide will accompany you on this walk to point out the various highlights and interesting facts regarding the area. More than 1250 species of plant have thus far been collected and identified in the Reserve itself. Aside from flowers the scenery is beautiful and the geology of the area interesting. There is always a possibility of spotting small antelope such as klipspringers and observing tortoises along the path. The gardens provide a lush and shady refuge from the sun with numerous bird species present and baboon troops visit on foraging expeditions.
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  • 4 hours
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$53.41
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size


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