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Hermanus - Whale Route & Overberg

Hermanus is the heart of the whale-watching route and is now a Western Cape town with impressive real estate and enticing options for eating and drinking. Hermanus even has its very own whale crier during whale-watching season, announcing the presence of Southern Right whales in Walker Bay. The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) has declared Hermanus as one of the 12 best spots in the world for whale watching. The best time of the year to spot the whales is from June to December, when they enter Walker Bay to calf.

Hermanus is not however only a whale watching heaven, it is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and horse riding are all possibilities. For those who enjoy a few holes, the excellent Arabella Estate is close by, offering one of the best links courses in the Western Cape.

The beaches in the Hermanus area are clean and good for a day out with the kids or sun tanning. Grotto beach is a long beautiful beach with blue flag status. Voelklip beach is smaller while Onrus Beach is slightly larger than Voelklip Beach. The water in Hermanus is cold and can become dangerous so caution is advised when enjoying watersports.

After all this, the local shops and craft markets have plenty to offer in the town centre, from African curios to artisan works before settling in for a top wine from the Hermanus Meander wine route and excellent cuisine in the many restaurants in town. The waterfront area is dotted with a number of bars and restaurants with fantastic views over Walker Bay.

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Whale Watching in Hermanus
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