If you're thinking of taking a Hermanus holiday, its close proximity to Cape Town is one of the things that makes it a great holiday option.
Originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but thankfully shortened to its current name, Hermanus is world renowned for its Southern Right Whale watching during the winter and spring months in South Africa. Whales were once hunted in the nearby town of Betty’s Bay, but are now protected to ensure the survival of the species. There is an amazingly detailed history in The Old Harbour Museum that contains several exhibitions that explain the old whaling industry.
Originally known as a great place for retirement, Hermanus has become more popular with the growing middle class as a perfect place to own a holiday house or start a small business. Many people have made the transition from Cape Town or Somerset West to a smaller, more quiet town along the coast in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city living.
Situated between mountain and ocean, this thriving holiday town offers something for everyone all year round. The weather is a wonderful temperate climate, allowing for both a light summer drizzle and some hot days where the only place you need to be is at the beach.
Hermanus weekend getaways can be planned at the last minute, and Hermanus, in the heart of the Overberg, offers an array of activities for any traveler. Hermanus accommodation options are wide in variety and offer something for everyone, whether you prefer hotel accommodation, beach houses or B&B's.
There is also a wealth of things to do in Hermanus to ensure you'll always be busy on your vacation. With the town being one of the world's most famous whale-watching destinations and abundant in sea views and unparalleled scenery, Hermanus provides that touch of adventure for all those making this gem on the Coastal Route their home.
The growing fame of Hermanus has led to many new accommodations being opened in the area to cater for the abundance of tourists flocking to the town every year to see the whales, orcas and dolphins. The booming tourism industry of the area has led to the enormous expansion of the town which is growing by the day.