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Bird's-eye View

Hermanus & Walker Bay

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Hermanus Lagoon

Early Morning

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Grotto Beach

Sunset

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Walker Bay

from Kammabaai

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Whale Watching

whale watching trips

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White Shark Cage Diving

from Kleinbaai Harbour, Gansbaai

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Sea Kayaks

Walker Bay

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Canola Fields

En-route to Stanford

Places To See

About Hermanus

Hermanus was often referred to as the Riviera of the South in bygone days and for all intents and purposes, has maintained its status albeit with a modern fusion of luxury holiday homes dotting the pristine coastline, funky cafes, coffee shops and eateries overlooking Walker Bay, speciality shops to delight even the most selective shopper and craft markets to keep you busy for hours.

Probably best known for its renowned Cliff Paths which meander along the coastline, Hermanus has become a whale watchers paradise. Visitors come annually from far and wide to view one of nature's spectacular events when whales come close into Walker Bay to calve. Their antics will amuse you for hours on end, so be prepared. Pack a picnic or have lunch at one of the many little eateries along the magnificent coastline where the uninterrupted views of Walker Bay will ensure endless pleasure during Whale Season.

The Fernkloof Nature Reserve offers nature lovers a paradise of flora and fauna with more than 1 474 species of flora having been identified to date. Also present are up to 92 various bird species e.g. Cape Sugar Bird, Sunbirds, Rock Thrush, Rock Jumper and Raptors amongst many others. Grey rhebok, Cape grysbok, klipspringer, baboon, mongoose and dassie are often seen when hiking through the reserve. Fernkloof Nature Reserve offers a 60 km network of hiking trails through the reserve providing an ideal opportunity for visitors of all fitness levels to enjoy the beauty of the reserve with its spectacular views of Walker Bay. the Hemel and Aarde Valley and Maanskynbaai.

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Arniston

Named after the HMS Arniston, a British troop ship that sank in 1815 killing more than 300 on board, Arniston is a beautiful little coastal fishing village with one of the longest beaches in Africa. Azure blue water, rocky coves and authentic fisherman cottages add to the magical beauty of this coastal jewel.

Here you are still able to buy fresh fish off the fishing boats as they come into the little harbour daily. There is a typical holiday atmosphere in Arniston where you can watch whales at play in the bay annually (September to November), visit the De Mond Reserve and discover the many bird species.

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Cape Agulhas

The Cape Agulhas region offers a veritable paradise of nature in all her glory, which will delight even the most discerning tourist, botanist, hiker, photographer, historian, bird watcher or angler.

The region is bordered by blue mountain ranges, set in undulating hills in a kaleidoscope of gold, green and brown, with endless beaches and dunes. Fragrances of fynbos merge with mountain and sea air.

The history of this area is closely interwoven with the early history of the Cape. A few stock farmers established themselves here as early as 1710. Wellknown families settled as pioneers in the southern coastal area, as did shipwreck survivors of various nationalities. It is believed that this blending of cultures is the reason for the hospitality and sincerity of the people of the Overberg.

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Baardskeerdersbos

A stone’s throw from Franskraal and Gansbaai is the enchanting hamlet of Baardskeerdersbos, which is fast becoming a sought after haven for city slickers as a weekend getaway. Made up of a fascinating patchwork of rolling farmlands and small holdings with quaint homesteads, the hamlet has a fascinating history in terms of how it gained its name, which directly translated means Beard Shavers Bush!!!

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De Kelders

De Kelders, the place that the Southern Right Whales call home! On the R43 beyond Stanford you will find a residential area called De Kelders. “De Kelders” is the Afrikaans name for The Caves. Numerous larger and smaller caves penetrate deep into the rock formations under the houses of De Kelders.

There is a great coffee shop and restaurant called Coffee on the Rocks, overlooking the bay. You will find it in Cliff Street. Just drive all the way down to the sea and turn right. It is truly unique and a good vantage point for whale watching!

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Bredasdorp

A typical rural town with a large farming community known predominantly for farming with Merino sheep and wheat. Bredasdorp offers a fabulous day trip with several little speciality shops with pottery, antiques and local delicacies on offer.
Not to be missed is the renowned Shipwreck Museum which is the only one of its kind in South Africa. The museum showcases an extensive collection of artifacts and furniture from ships wrecked along the coast.
Audrey Blignault who was born in Bredasdorp has a room especially dedicated to her fine history as one of South Africa’s most prominent writers.

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Elim

Elim, long been declared a national monument is famous for its thatch roofed homes as are the thatchers from Elim who are sought after as masters of their fine craft. The quaint white washed cottages are painted each year before Easter as a tradition symbolizing purity and simplicity – integral to the lifestyle of the village people who live their lives close to their Church.

The picturesque town is one of the oldest surviving mission stations and is inhabited only by members of the Moravian Church.

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