The annual Hermanus Whale Festival is a celebration to the return of the southern right whales to the coastal waters of Southern Africa. It is a tribute to the legacy left to the town by Wendy the Whale whose story is about man’s ability to live in harmony with nature as well as people’s ability to come together as communities valuing the environment. All events and activities during the whale festival are focused to create awareness on how to protect the whales and all our marine wildlife who share our coastal waters. The festival takes place in September which is the peak of whale activity in the region.
The Craft Market offers more curio type shopping but does have local artists and other interesting stores trading over the weekend. Main road has various clothing and shoe shops. In Harbour road you will find Jewellery Shops and The Factory Shop. Take a walk through Warington Arcade. Wander through the Courtyard which host many speciality shops: beautiful ladies body wear, ladies clothing, shells, sport clothing and jewellery. The best way to shop in Hermanus is to park your car, put your walking shoes on and explore. There is an abundance of alleyways and little shops tucked away in the streets in and around the centre of town.
Tucked into the fold of the Glen Vauloch Mountains on the outskirts of Hermanus, lies the picuresque Hemel en Aarde Valley. It is where wine lovers can treat themselves to a unique wine tour among some of the southernmost vineyards in Africa, with only Cape Augulas has vineyards being further south. The first winery is Hermanuspietersfontein. Whalehaven is situated only 150 meters from the intersectionof the R43 and the R320 on the Caledon road. They are open to cellar tours. Bouchard Finlayson Estate is situated in the Hemel en Aarde Valley 6KM away from the Sandbaai intersection of teh R43 and the R320 roads. Other wine farms in the Hemel en Aarde Valley: Hamilton Russel La Vierge Newton Johnson Sumaridge Babylon Wines Spookfonten Creation Wines Hemelzicht Beaumont Wines – Botriver Wildekrans – Botriver Raka – Just past Stanford The Wine Village in hemel en aarde has teh most comprehensive collection […]
Hermanus is one of the twelve best whale viewing sites in the wold and the best land based whale watching in the world. Book a Whale Watching Trip From June to the end of November there are Southern Right whales in the bay and a walk along the cliff path will be all you need to understand why we have registered that claim. The best time to view whales and when you are almost guaranteed spectacular displays is from August to end October. The whales calve in August and September and the population peaks in October. Why the Southern Right? These whales are known by this name because once killed they float and are rich in oil and baleen (the food filter plates that hang from the roof of their mouths) So the Southern Right became the right whale to hunt and kill. In 1935 they became protected and […]