Sheer cliff-faces battered by the force of the foaming Atlantic. A horizon of seemingly endless blue. And an increasingly trendy town, backdropped by South Africa’s trademark mountainous landscape. One thing’s for sure: the 11km cliff path, where all the best views in Hermanus are to be found, is nothing if not staggeringly scenic.
Running from the New Harbour in the west to just beyond the sought-after sands of Grotto Beach in the east, Hermanus’ cliff path not only provides great whale-watching opportunities but is also protected by Fernkloof Nature Reserve, meaning that there will be plenty of flora and fauna native to the Western Cape to admire whilst you meander. Which yep, you’ve guessed it, means a whole lot of fynbos.
But, not to be limited to its natural world offerings, what was once a small fishing village has now grown into quite the hip place to be. Competing with the whales as some of Hermanus’ number one fans are the large number of artists that reside here. From painters to writers, potters to craftsmen, Hermanus boasts a variety of expert artists making its galleries and markets second-to-none – definitely a place to bag yourself some holiday mementos.
Hermanus is the perfect place to stop for a spot of lunch and a stroll. Whales can frequently be seen from the coastal path.
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With its whale-rich shoreline, artsy town and adventurous spirit, Hermanus is a must for any savvy travellers intending to discover the varied delights that South Africa offers. Take a look at our blogs to see how best to incorporate this incredible destination into your travels.
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