The Whale Coast provides wonderful fare to travellers looking for a gentle experience. The Whale Coast is situated on the scenic seashores of the Overberg area of the Cape Province, and takes its name from the large number of whales who annually make their way to the protective oceans to calve. Hermanus, probably the most well-known town on the Whale Coast, is also the largest and is spread out along magnificent cliffs on Walker Bay.
The walk along the 14 kilometre cliff path is spectacular, especially during whale season, earning the village the reputation of offering the best land-based whale-watching in the world. In addition Hermanus also boasts its own Wine Route that winds its way through the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde ('Heaven and Earth') Valley and includes the vineyards of Hamilton-Russell and Bouchard-Finlayson. Specially licensed operators in De Kelders and Gansbaai offer boat-based whale watching, and another marine draw card is the opportunity these same operators offer to view or experience cage-diving with the fearsome Great white shark.
Any season is a great time to visit Hermanus, and depending on which you prefer, can be enjoyed as a peaceful retreat during the winter months or a bustling coastal resort town during the summer months. The climate is Mediterranean with most of the rainfall in winter and long sunny days in summer.
Information and assistance with bookings, as well as activity planning are offered by our staff.
- Whale watching (June to Dec)
- Boat-based whale watching (June to Dec)
- Great white shark cage diving or viewing
- Hermanus and Arabella Golf Courses
- Mountain hikes and bird watching in Fernkloof and Harold Porter Nature Reserves
- Deep sea fishing
- Beaches ideal for surfing and swimming
- Cliff and beach walks
- Picturesque coastline drives along the southernmost tip of Africa
- River cruises on the African Queen
- Wine estate trips and wine tasting (7 wineries in the area; 1 hour from Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine routes and 1.5 hours from Robertson and Montagu)
- Arts and crafts markets, and museums
- Art and Music Festivals (August Kalfie Festival and September Whale Festival)
- Netting of rock lobster/crayfish from boat (in season)
- Scuba diving and snorkelling
- Boat trips to Dyer Island (seals, sharks, whales, birds and penguins)
- Kayaking on sea
- Horse riding on beaches
- Quad Biking