How to Spend 3 Days in Hermanus
With three days in Hermanus, you have time to take in the best of the charming coastal town and the surrounding region. From spotting South Africa’s renowned marine life in the picturesque bays to hiking in the mountains and relaxing at a winery, here’s how to make the most of your time in Hermanus.
Day 1: Whale Watching
Begin your day with a walk along the path that lines the coastal bluffs for some of the best land-based whale watching in the world. From there, if you’re visiting from June through December, join a boat-based whale-watching tour for a chance to get a closer look at the majestic sea creatures. In the afternoon, broaden your horizons and join a sea safari dedicated to searching for not only whales but also the rest of the “marine big five”—penguins, seals, marine birds, and dolphins. Return to Hermanus and visit the Old Harbour Museum and Whale House, where you can learn about the history of the remote seaside village. Then, wrap up your day at a cliffside restaurant where you can watch the sunset over an authentic South African dinner.
Day 2: Nature and Wine
Turn your attention today to the natural beauty that surrounds Hermanus on the inland side. Begin with a guided hike in the biodiverse Fernkloof Nature Reserve, where you can wander through fields of fynbos and wildflowers. You can also combine your trek with wine tasting on a guided walking tour, and meander this famous wine country while learning about local flora and fauna. Continue to explore South African wine this afternoon at a winery where you can tour a vineyard, learn about the wine-making process, and sip a selection of estate-made wines. To further indulge, choose a tour that combines cheese or chocolate pairings with your wine tasting. Complete the experience with a meal served overlooking the vineyards.
Day 3: The Adrenaline Rush
Adventurous travelers can spend the last day in Hermanus on the adrenaline-packed adventure of shark-cage diving. From the nearby town of Gansbaai or Kleinbaai, hop aboard a boat that takes you to the great white sharks’ natural habitat, where you can view sharks from the security of an underwater cage. If you’d rather not join sharks in the water, you can stay on the boat and view them from above instead. Alternatively, opt for the land-based adrenaline rush of an ATV tour of the mountains surrounding Hermanus. Either way, spend your final evening in Hermanus strolling the quaint streets of downtown and browsing the many art galleries and shops. Finally, enjoy fresh seafood and a glass of wine overlooking the bay.