Hermanus Holiday Guide


Hermanus – The nature lover’s Paradise nestling between the majestic mountains and the azure blue ocean.

The road to Hermanus takes one through a countryside of great scenic quality, to arrive at Hermanus, a town of unequalled charm and a treasure-house of surprises for you to discover. Originally a fishing village, not surprisingly, Hermanus has become a popular hide-away for city dwellers seeking a weekend break, or for people re-locating in order to enjoy an excellent quality of life.

Hermanus, the world’s foremost land based whale watching destination, is a thriving holiday resort offering residents and holiday makers all modern amenities, yet retaining its fisherman’s village charm. The popular resort town of Hermanus, situated between mountain and sea, has gained world-wide recognition as the world’s foremost land based whale watching destination. This has resulted in the former fishing village showing a tremendous growth over the last few years.

Contributory factors to the success of the town are the natural scenic beauty, the mild climate, the range of outdoor activities available, and the close proximity to Cape Town. The ideal base from which to explore the Western Cape and the Cape Overberg.

The Location of Hermanus

Hermanus is situated on the South Coast only 120km from Cape Town. The one and a half hour drive is on a first class road.

The popular town of Hermanus is connected directly to the Mother City by the R43 and N2.

The Hermanus Vibe

In towns like Hermanus people walk at night to and from the restaurants depending on distance and it is very safe.

Hermanus, famous for its champagne air and friendly locals.

Hermanus – Amenities

Without doubt the main attributes of Hermanus are its natural scenic surrounds. Beautiful walks are available in and around the village along a 16km cliff path or in the surrounding mountain ranges which are all declared nature reserve areas. There is a selection of lovely beaches, unpolluted seas, two lagoons offering excellent boating, an 18 hole golf course and several sports clubs.

Hermanus has a wide variety of activities to offer, ranging from quiet, relaxed days on beaches or benches to physically demanding hikes or sporting activities.

The Old Harbour complex in Hermanus offers the visitor an insight into Hermanus’ past as a Fisherman’s village and marine life. Hermanus and neighbouring towns Onrus and Stanford are the residence of a variety of artists, from watercolours, to writers, potters and crafters. Excellent jewellery is produced and crafts of a high standard can be purchased at the popular Craft Market at Lemm’s Corner.

Places to see in Hermanus


  • Fernkloof Nature Reserve
  • Walker Bay Nature Reserve
  • Walker Bay Wine Route
  • Hermanus’ whale crier
  • Whale Museum


Hermanus Activities


  • Whale watching
  • Shark cage diving
  • Hiking and walking
  • Golf
  • Paragliding
  • Bird watching
  • Visiting one of it’s pristine beaches
  • Wine tasting
  • Fishing
  • Surfing and kite surfing
  • Sea kayaking


Eating out in Hermanus

To complement culinary skills, the neighbouring Hemel-En-Aarde Valley produces a selection of fine wines from acclaimed cellars, wonderful vegetables and fruits and arguably the finest fresh herbs in the country from Camphill Farm. Fresh fish is freely available from the picturesque Harbour. Restaurants and Coffee Shops are plentiful (over 50) and is sure to tickle everyone’s taste bubs:

Hermanus restaurants :


  • The Café @ Hubbard’s Cupboard
  • B’s Steakhouse
  • The Cattle Baron
  • Burgundy Restaurants
  • Cuckoo Tree Coffee Shop
  • Europa
  • Dutchies on Grotto
  • Benjiz
  • Fusion Café
  • Harbour Rock
  • Heaven
  • Ocean Basket
  • La Vierge Restaurant and Champagne Verandah


Guesthouses in Hermanus

Please use the links below to access more details on the featured guest houses, where indicated read the owners/ manager page for the inside story!!

Anchors Rest Guesthouse

Do drop Inn Guesthouse

Alternatively access our comprehensive guest house directory here