Hermanus is famously known as a charming town in the Overberg region, but above all as a top whale-watching destination. Besides that, there’s so much more to this coastal locale. You could be going for adventures outdoors, enjoying wine tasting, admiring the local art, and more! Get ready to see what else you can indulge in with this guide on the top fun-filled and fascinating things to do in Hermanus.
Have fun outdoors
The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) recognises Hermanus as one of the 12 best whale-watching destinations in the world! That’s definitely one of the most awesome things to do in Hermanus that should have you making plans to visit as soon as you can. Make sure you’re in town between July and November, though, because that’s the best time to see the southern right whales. Did you know that Hermanus, specifically in Walker Bay, is the mating and breeding ground of southern right whales in the winter and spring months? It’s easy to see why the town is such a major whale-watching destination.
Sea kayaking along Walker Bay
If you’re not content to simply watch from the mainland, sign up for a kayak adventure with an experienced guide. Get up close and personal with the local marine life (such as sea swallows, cape fur seals, penguins, cormorants and more) while exploring the coastline beyond Hermanus. While enjoying the sights, you’ll also get to learn more about the wonders of the ocean. Even if you’re not familiar with kayaking, don’t miss out on one of the most unforgettable things to do in Hermanus.
Explore the horse-riding trails in and around Pearly Beach
Discover what many travellers call the Western Cape’s longest undisturbed stretch of coastline! Get ready to explore a dune forest, trails featuring the famous fynbos, and a crystal-clear dam situated at the base of mountains and cliffs. And, of course, enjoy the thrill of riding along the shore at Pearly Beach.
Co-ordinates: 34°39’52.7″S 19°29’43.1″E
Treat yourself to a wine-tasting adventure (including beer tasting!)
Your first step to exploring the wine estates of Hermanus is Bouchard Finlayson. It’s one of South Africa’s most awarded boutiques, situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. With a stunning backdrop featuring the ocean and magnificent mountains, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy one of the more relaxing things to do in Hermanus. Taste the best Pinot Noir in the country, as well as some outstanding Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays.
Another location in the beautiful valley of Hemel-en-Aarde is the result of an innovative wine, food, and art pairing style courtesy of Jean-Claude and Carolyn’s Creation Wines. Experience an incredibly light atmosphere, high on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Catch a break from the rush of the urban environment, since there’s no infrastructure at Creation Wines, not even electricity and running water! Admire beautiful artworks by sculptor Nanette Ranger, while enjoying the wine tasting experience in the gorgeous tasting room which overlooks the picturesque vineyards.
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Situated between two imposing mountain ranges in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Sumaridge Wine Estate offers incredible views that stretch all the way to Walker Bay. Indulge in the charming interior as you enjoy a tasting experience, added to the breathtaking views across the vineyards and a private dam. Prepare to find out why South African wines are so well regarded, due to the pride Sumaridge takes in its wines. Each cultivar is planted in the best location possible while working in harmony with the natural aspects of the valley. Visit the wine estate yourself and see why it’s on many lists featuring the top things to do in Hermanus.
Indulge your taste buds in a variety of exceptional eateries
Enjoy the view at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate
Situated in a stunning setting, between two gentle hills on the banks of the Botrivier Lagoon, the Benguela Cove Coastal Wine Estate offers just the right amount of peaceful ambience and privacy. Indulge in one of their daily lunches while admiring the majestic views over the lagoon to the Palmiet mountains. The estate serves breakfast from Saturday to Sunday, while dinner takes place from Thursday to Sunday. A number of eateries are available at Benguela Cove, ranging from exclusive chef’s tastings to more casual meals.
Experience a touch of heaven at Mogg’s Country Cookhouse
Head to the western edge of Hermanus to discover the magnificent Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. That’s where you’ll find Mogg’s Country Cookhouse, a family-run establishment surrounded by mountains and fields, with views of the coast. It’s one of the top places for whale watching, making sure you have a great vantage point to enjoy one of the best things to do in Hermanus. The eatery is also just in the right place, for when you’ve finished tasting all the local wines in the nearby area.
Indulge in the cosy atmosphere at Lizette’s Kitchen
Treat yourself to Afro-Asian food made with fresh, seasonal produce at Lizette’s Kitchen. Situated in a farmstead in Voëlklip, this beautifully restored establishment is where the old meets the new. Originally built in the 1920s, the entire property was restored in shortly after 2010. The inviting setting Lizette’s Kitchen offers makes it one of the top things to do in Hermanus, with onsite parking, enclosed outdoor seating, a kiddies play area, and a deck and garden ensuring you can enjoy the sunnier times in the town. Dig into their menu, which features gourmet burgers and Asian dishes.
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Now that you see there’s more to this town than whale watching, and if you’re not a local, book cheap flights to Cape Town, and enjoy a scenic drive to enjoy the great variety of things to do in Hermanus.
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