Garden Route
Hermanus - The Whale Capital of the World

Hermanus, known as the Riviera of the South, offers the World’s best land-based whale watching. With its Tolken-esque Milkwood forests and picturesque seaside scenery, Hermanus is a perfect local weekend escape to indulge in gourmet delicacies and coastal living along South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route.

Award-winning Pinot Noir estates, the World’s Best Whale Watching
– and Fantastic Golfing. All in Hermanus.

What you’ll see

“I live in Cape Town but my favourite holiday destination is Hermanus, a little seaside town about a 90-minute drive away, over the pass and down to the sea, on the sunshine coast. It’s where I love to escape to with my wife for a weekend every now and again.”
- Wilbur Smith, Bestselling Novelist presented by Guided Safaris®

• Whale Watching in South Africa’s Garden Route. Spot the majestic Southern Right whales, alongside Dolphins and much more on a fantastic marine cruise.

• Hemel en Aarde Valley: Wine tasting at two of some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir producers: The boutique vineyards of Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson are to visitors for wine tastings and cellar tours.

• The Fine Art Galleries of Hermanus offer contemporary examples of artworks by South African masters. A picturesque 5 mile walk from Walker Bay beach winds through the cliffs into the centre of Hermanus town, offering a perfect opportunity to take in the sights of the floral and ocean scenery. On arrival relax with a refreshing drink at the seaside cafés overlooking the sea and stroll into the many shops and galleries to experience a truly local flavor of the South African countryside.

• Arabella Golf Estate: Breathtaking Championship Golf courses in the Garden Route locale.

When to go
Winter Classical Music Festival
Hermanus FynArts Festival
Hemel en Aarde Mountain Run
Hemel en Aarde Village Wine & Food Fair,
Hermanus Whale and Wild Flower Festival,
(Peak Season for viewing the Scenic Garden Route)
Arabella Festival of Golf,
Carols by Candlelight – Old Harbor,
Wine Village Hermanus – Wine Festival
Where to Stay: Hot Picks

HERMANUS - Where to Stay

Birkenhead House, Hermanus

A luxury boutique hotel located on the cliffs of world-renowned Walker Bay. The perfect Whale-watching experience – right from the hotel’s pool deck! Gourmet meals and seafood delicacies are served in your choice of setting: the pool lounge open to the sea view; the house courtyard with split level pool; or the glass fronted dining area. Additionally, the Birkenhead House room service can host a private meal for two in your luxurious suite complete with romantic turndown.