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How to Spend 3 Days in Hermanus

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. 

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.21
From
$77.21
Taking safety measures

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.46
per group
From
$85.46
per group
Taking safety measures

Wine & Fynbos Walk in the Overberg's beautiful Hemel & Aarde Valley,Hermanus

Wine & Fynbos Walk in the Overberg's beautiful Hemel & Aarde Valley,Hermanus

Stretch your legs on a guided walk from Fernkloof Reserves visitors’ center to the waterfall and Boekenhout’s Bos (Afro-montane forest) and climb  the Adder Ladder and onto the Jeep Track. Fernkloof Reserve is a famous biodiversity hotspot with more than 1300 plant species and 60 km of walking trails. Once on the Jeep track we follow the  gentle rolling path, dressed with colourful fynbos to Hamilton Russell Estate where we relax and reward ourselves with a wine tasting. Then a stroll to nearby Bouchard Finlayson, globally acclaimed for producing the best Pinot Noir in South Africa as well as exceptional Chardonnays’ & Sauvignon Blancs. The deli platter will not disappoint as you enjoy the beautiful garden setting.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.90
Price varies by group size
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$81.90
Price varies by group size

Quad Bike (ATV) Adventure

Quad Bike (ATV) Adventure

Enjoy the country side on one of the most versatile trails from forests to open roads while on an Quad Bike (ATV)
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  • 1 to 30 minutes
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$62.49
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$62.49

Wine Walk Overberg

Wine Walk Overberg

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An exploration of the valley nestling between the Babylonstoring and Kleinrivierberge Mountain ranges. Many of the wine estate owners have set apart tracts of their land as part of a conservancy to create corridors within the region that protect the unique indigenous fynbos. The walk is interesting and varied, along single tracks and country lanes, with beautiful mountain scenery and farmland. Encompassing vineyards and orchards, horse paddocks and farms in what is aptly called the" Heaven & Earth" valley. We start at La Vierge with a chocolate & nougat wine tasting while enjoying an awesome view of the valley below. From there its a mostly downhill jaunt /wobble through a protea farm to the Frame House of Bosman Family Vineyards. The ramble continues through a horse farm , orchards and vineyards to Sumaridge Estate. Here we enjoy an excellent platter with their superb wine at the trail end.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.86
Price varies by group size
From
$96.86
Price varies by group size


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