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Things to do in Hermanus

Hermanus activities

Hermanus has a plethora of fun activities, day trips to wine farms, whale watching, fantastic restaurants and hotels and many more. Here are a few options.


Visit the Fernkloof Nature Reserve offers extraordinary scenery and breath-taking views with hiking, walking and biking trails suited to all fitness levels. The 60 kilometres (around 37 miles) of walkways and trails that zigzag through the reserve can take you to the picturesque Lemoenskop outlook point, the Three Dams, Galpin Hut, the waterfalls and several other beautiful and photo inspiring locations. The reserve has also given us the landscaped and colourful Fernkloof Gardens situated at the entrance to the reserve. This wheelchair friendly garden offers different “focus gardens” that contain various Fynbos species and other indigenous plant life that are found in different areas around the reserve. There is also plenty of lawn space and shady trees for a scenic picnic.

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The Hermanus Country Market is a small, but soulful, local traders market. Its creative stalls offer an abundant array of fresh organic locally farmed produce, homemade delicacies, artisan breads and spreads, probiotic yogurts, handmade cheeses, home smoked fish, venison biltong, free-range eggs, wheat-free bakes, tea, coffee, juices and smoothies, a variety of arts & crafts, as well as live music and handmade crafts, pottery, jewellery and clothing. The fair trade quality goods, delicious food and drink, and buzzing atmosphere offer a well-rounded authentic market and some feel-good fun for family and friends. 

The market happens every Saturday from 08:00 – 12:00 at the Hermanus Cricket Club.

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Grotto Beach is a Blue Flag certified beach famous for its pristine stretch of untouched sand, coastal and marine life, spectacular mountain views, gentle shorebreak and splendid lagoon at the mouth of the Klein River. The beach itself stretches for 2 km from Voelklip up until the lagoon. On the opposite bank of the lagoon lies Die Plaat. Die Plaat is part of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, which covers the next 12 km of untouched beach stretching all the way to De Kelders at Gansbaai. As you walk along this stretch you may spot some rarely sighted wildlife. Although the waves aren’t ideal for surfing, the lagoon is well suited for many water sports, such as canoeing and kite-surfing. The spacious beach gives its visitors plenty of room for picnics and play, but braai-facilities are also offered on a green field behind the beach restaurant and at the parking lot on the lagoon side. 




Situated below the Marine Hotel is the beautiful man-built Marine Pool. The tidal pool is secluded and offers a safe and calm place to swim and enjoy the ocean water without the crashing waves. This is a glorious spot for snorkelling during low-tide and gives snorkelers a sneak peak of the marine life found along our coastline. The pool boasts a magnificent view of Walker Bay, where Southern Right Whales can be spotted during season. The local rock-rabbits, known as Dassies, can also be found hopping across the rocks. The pool can be accessed via steep steps from the famous Cliff Path, ocean side of the Marine Hotel. Watch out for Seagulls and Dassies scavenging for food, as we don’t encourage feeding our wildlife.

Hermanus Whale Festival




Known for the best land-based whale watching in the world, Hermanus is just the right place to pay homage to the magnificent Southern Right Whales. And there’s no better time to spot this magnificent mammal than in September which is peak whale-watching season in this coastal village. The town will once again bursts into life with thousands of visitors who will flock here to enjoy the festivities of this prestigious event. 


Over a period of 3 days, accommodations open their doors, restaurants dish up mouth-watering meals and the residents of Hermanus open their hearts in a warm welcome to visitors.


Now in its 28th year the Hermanus Whale Festival, is the oldest and largest festival on the Cape Whale Coast in South Africa and while the whales are predominantly the star performers at the festival, they will be joined on land by quality entertainers and musicians, an array of food stalls and kiddies activities and events suitable for both the young and old.

For more information visit: https://hermanuswhalefestival.co.za/