#SummerHolidays: 3 great adventures in Hermanus for the whole family

  • Wednesday, 19 December 2018
  • Linda Chivell

Eco Marine Cruise to meet the Marine Big 5

Where: Kleinbaai, Gansbaai

For bookings contact: Dyer Island Cruises 082 801 8014

Trips Daily: Weather permitting

Arguably, the only place in the world where you have the opportunity to meet the Marine Big 5 of the ocean: sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins.

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Even though the southern right whales have left for the feeding grounds of Antartica, you might still have the opportunity to encounter a resident Bryde's Whale on this exhilarating boat trip as well as any of the three species of dolphins, common-, bottlenose- and the humpback dolphins who frequent these waters.

You will spend some time at the shark cage diving boats to where you will have the opportunity to experience some shark action from the safety of your boat. The skipper will then turn the boat in the direction of  Dyer Island where you can enjoy the antics of the comical, yet endangered, African Penguins.

December is pupping season for the 60 000 strong seal colony on Geyser Rock. You will be deafened by the bleating of these newborn seal pups when you cruise the famous Shark Alley. Over the next few weeks, this seal colony will double in numbers- another marine spectacular!

The knowledgeable guides on the boat will introduce you to the numerous seabirds species the boat will pass on the trip as well point out some of the interesting landmarks that won Gansbaai a coveted global conservation destination award.

Wine Tasting

Where: Stanford Wine Route

Contact (restaurant) : +27(0)72 639 6135

Wine Shop daily: 8.30am to 5.00pm.

Stanford Hill is a boutique winery at the foot of the Kleinrivier Mountains on the Stanford Wine Route. They offer award-winning hand-crafted boutique wines to taste and to take home. You can expect world-class food in a family-friendly country setting. Do not be disappointed but rather give them a call to make a reservation

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The Tasting Room restaurant has a reputation for laid-back fun, with the emphasis on fresh and inventive food of an exceptionally high standard and serves wonderful breakfast and lunches, popular with both the locals and visitors. A renovated original farm cottage is the setting for the charming tasting and bar area, with views over a dam to the Stanford valley beyond.

The wine shop is a quirky rustic affair open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 5.00pm. The knowledgeable and passionate staff will tell you more about their beautiful area and all that it has to offer while encouraging visitors to try their full range of award-winning wines, handcrafted from the 12 hectares of vineyard on the Estate.

In addition to wine, the shop sells indigenous flowers from the farm and a range of homemade and regional products. It is also here that visitors can book for any of the other activities available on the farm, such as horse-riding eco-marine trips.

Quad Biking

Where: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus

Click here to Book Online

Contact info ( 9hr-17hr): 079 495 3987

SA Forest Adventures offer a unique Mountain and Vineyards Quad Biking Trails in Hermanus that has both been identified as one of the top ten quad trails in South Africa. This scenic trail is often featured in movies, commercials and on a number of travel agent itineraries.

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No previous experience required for this one and a half hour adventure through the world-renowned vineyards of Hamilton Russell and Southern Right wineries. Travel up the mountain and through the fynbos kingdom into the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Your halfway point is one of the most pristine look-out points in the Western Cape. From here you will have a spectacular birds-eye-view of Hermanus and Walkerbay.

Cameras on this trip are an absolute must! – Whale spotting from this vantage point allows you to see the bigger picture of activity throughout the entire bay.

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