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.
|Phone||+27 28 312 3515|
|Open||Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday, 10:00 – 13:00
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.
|Wine & Chocolate Pairing||R130 per person|
|Wine Tasting: Creation Reserve Wines||R15 per wine|
|Wine Tasting: Creation Art of Chardonnay and Art of Pinot Noir||R30 per wine|
|Wine Tasting: Creation Estate Wines||R10 per wine|
|Non-Alcoholic Pairing (for 8 teas)||R615 per person|
|10AM Brunch Pairing||R510 per person|
|Experience the Heritage of Creation (a 6-course taste adventure)||R695 per person|
|Address||Hemel & Aarde Road R320, Hermanus|
|Phone||+27 28 212 1107|
|Open||10:00 – 17:00|
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.
|MCC Tasting:||R20 per person|
|4 x Wine Tastings:||R40 per person|
|6 x Wine Tastings:||R60|
|Wine tasting times:||10:00 – 15:00|
|Address:||Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus|
|Phone:||+27 28 312 1097|
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. Enjoy the Private Dining establishment with an average cost of R354 per person, while the chef’s tasting is R600 (excluding wine) and R800 (including wine). Then there’s the casual dining experience at Blackbeard, where you can enjoy a meal for around R91. For a more modern setting and professional service, indulge in a satisfying round of food for around R150 per person at Moody Lagoon.
|Address:||R43 Bot River Lagoon Walker Bay, Hermanus|
|Phone:||+27 83 645 6198|
|Open:||10:00 – 18:00|
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. Among the highlights of their menu is the roasted lamb shank in puff pastry with a fresh herb tomato sauce and mint drizzle, and the artichoke, spinach and parmesan tartlet. Pay an average of R150 per person for a main meal.
|Address:||Nuwe-Pos Farm, 28 Nuwe-Pos Farm Road, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Hermanus|
|Phone:||+27 76 314 0671|
|Open:||Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 – 14:30|
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. Enjoy your time at this venue at around R140 per person.
|Address:||20 on 8th Street, Hermanus|
|Phone:||+27 28 314 0308|
|Open:||Monday to Thursday, 11:30 – 21:00
Friday, 09:00 – 21:00
Saturday to Sunday, 09:00 – 22:00
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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