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My 10 Reasons to visit Hermanus this winter!

More than 10 reasons to love winter in Hermanus.

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1.  Say hello to a Southern Right Whale - The Southern Right Whales visit our coastline annually from June - December.  Hermanus is known for the best land-based whale watching in the world. When you hear the sound of the Whale Crier’s kelp horn make your way to the seafront for a spectacular show.  More info: Whale Watching in Hermanus

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2.  The fynbos puts up its most colourful display in winter – Fernkloof Nature Reserve embraces the town of Hermanus with its fynbos-clad mountains and rocky cliffs. The seamless transition between urban landscape and biodiversity hotspot is a feature of life in Hermanus. Discover the 1474 species of fynbos that have thus far been collected and identified.

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3.  Browse through the amazing treasures in Hermanus. From the various second-hand bookshops who stock rare and antique books like travel, history, cooking, natural history and non-fiction all by popular authors, to a real hidden gem called Romantiques, an interesting shop with Bygones & Collectables. This shop is full of memorabilia, fine porcelain, toys, military uniforms & equipment, and vintage clothing.

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4.  Hiking - Walk along the 12km Hermanus Cliff Path that stretches from the New Harbour hugging the coast line all the way to Grotto Beach. The Fernkloof Nature Reserve gives access to a network of 60 km mountain hiking trail. It is a cherished privilege to be able to walk through pristine fynbos, overlooking the spectacular Walker Bay, directly from the town’s doorstep.

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5.  Shhhh... Don’t tell anyone, but we have balmy winter days with no wind, perfect to sip a cappuccino at an outdoor café with awesome ocean views. Read a book or chat to the locals at the Village Square, Waterfront Piazza right in the heart of town.

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6.  On rainy days holidaymakers can visit SANSA (South African National Space Agency), the regional Space Weather Warning Centre in Hermanus. Don’t forget to take the kids!

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7.  Visit one of our 3 museums in the centre of town:

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8.  Wine tasting with award-winning wines from the Hermanus R320 Wine Route. Situated in the breathtaking Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this scenic 20 km route takes you to the front gates and tasting venues of some of the most prominent wine brands in the country. Food & Wine pairing has never tasted this good.

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9.  And when it is not raining, there are several markets to choose from, such as the Hermanus Country Market and the Hermanuspietersfontein Food and Wine Market, which are a popular meeting place for locals on a Saturday morning.

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10.  Hermanus offers more than 100 activities to choose from, including whale watching, shark cage diving, hiking, golfing, bird watching, fishing, abseiling, treetop tours, quad biking and horse riding. Take a stroll through the village and discover the numerous art galleries with a wide selection of paintings, sculpture and ceramics.

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WHALE WATCHING

in and around Hermanus

With countless Southern Right Whales gathering along the Whale coast every year to mate and to calve

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Shark Cage Diving

One for the Bucket list

Experience the exceptional and come face to face with a great white shark! Gansbaai also known as Shark Alley…

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WINE TASTING

4 x Wine Routes

Hermanus is surrounded by 4 Wine routes, the Hermanus - (Hemel-and-Aarde); Stanford -, Elim - and Botriver Wine Route

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in the Cape whale Coast

Hermanus is a spectacular seaside town with winding cliff paths, sloping green mountains, and deep blue waters.

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