Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa
Hermanus is a pleasant little resort town, situated just an hour by car from Cape Town. Hermanus is probably most well known for its magnificent sightings of Southern Right Whale between June and November.
It is not necessary to get on a boat as these majestic creatures can be clearly viewed from the cliff top walk, filled with the fragrant scent of flowering Fynbos plants. A pair of binoculars is always useful; but even without them, guests can enjoy good views of Whale as they frolic in the bay.
However, there is more to Hermanus than Whale watching. Diving is also good, as is sea kayaking and golfing. The golf course is scenic and offers lovely views of the sea. It is not a links course though.
Hermanus is a botanically rich and diverse destination, with the prolific Kogelberg Nature Reserve housing more than 1 600 species of plant in an area of just 18 000 hectares.
The Walker Bay wine region has some of the most southerly vineyards in the world and a wine tasting trip is worth the effort. Gansbaai, with its spectacular Shark cage diving, is about 100 kilometres from Hermanus.