Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but shortened as the name was too long for the postal service), is a town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous for southern right whale watching during the southern winter and spring and is a popular retirement town. The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre as early as June and usually depart in early December. They were once hunted in the nearby town of Betty's Bay, but are now protected to ensure the survival of the species. The Old Harbour Museum contains several exhibitions that explain the whaling industry, and the De Wetshuis Photo Museum houses an exhibition of photos by T D Ravenscroft that depicts the history of Hermanus. The Whale Museum houses a skeleton of a whale and shows an audio-visual presentation of whales and dolphins twice daily. Hermanus lies along Walker Bay on the south coast of the Western Cape. It is located about 115 km southeast of Cape Town and is connected to the Mother City by the R43 highway (or coastal R44 scenic route) and N2 motorway. The vehicle registration code for Hermanus is CEM.

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Enjoy one of the scenic cruises up and down the beautiful Klein River in Stanford, just outside Hermanus.

Sumaridge Estate Wines, proudly owned by the Bellingham Turner family, lies gracefully between two imposing mountain ranges in the Western Cape’s Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – aptly named “Heaven and Earth” – with commanding views…

The best kept secret in Hermanus

The Rotary Way Scenic Drive is definitely one of the best kept secrets in Hermanus, it offers a spectacular panoramic view of Walker Bay and the surrounding Overberg coastal region.

The Fisherman’s Cottage is a historical building that was built in the late 1800’s which was then converted into a small restaurant in 1991. Fisherman’s Cottage offers a unique dining experience and the history of the building…

The Whale Coast Mall will be built in line with international standards and cover some 25 000 sqm.