Adventures in Hermanus

On the western side of Walker Bay, Hermanus is considered one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world. And, yes you do get a great view from the cliff-top walk but it’s so exciting to see these enormous creatures from a boat it’s well worth doing a boat-based whale watching trip as well.

And, in summer when the whales aren’t around, you can do a sunset cruise, or a general sightseeing trip, and still see some interesting animals and loads of birds. If that…

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Adventures in Hermanus
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On the western side of Walker Bay, Hermanus is considered one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world. And, yes you do get a great view from the cliff-top walk but it’s so exciting to see these enormous creatures from a boat it’s well worth doing a boat-based whale watching trip as well.

And, in summer when the whales aren’t around, you can do a sunset cruise, or a general sightseeing trip, and still see some interesting animals and loads of birds. If that sounds a bit lazy, you could join an escorted sea kayak trip and paddle around the bay to burn up some of the calories you are bound to have imbibed the night before in one of the town’s many excellent restaurants.

But, if you want to really get up close and personal with some sea life you need to get your head under water, so kit up and take the plunge. The diving off Hermanus is great – not quite as cold as Cape Town but with a similar faunal assemblage so there is lots to see.

And, even if you want to keep your hair dry, there’s a lot to do. You could go rock climbing, play paintball, go quad biking, or even play a game of golf, do some wine tasting or take in the wonderful cliff-top walk, or visit the museum at the Old Harbour.

Hermanus Adventures

Bicycle Tours

Here is a fact you may not know about Hermanus – it is an EXCEPTIONAL cycling destination! Read on and Dirty Boots will help you to discover about Bicycle Tours in Hermanus and how you can spend a fantastic weekend or holiday on two wheels in this eye-catching seaside haven. Hermanus has its own...

Boat Trips

Hermanus lies along Walker Bay and no trip to this relaxed, charming village is complete without exploring the rich marine life of the Indian Ocean on a Boat Trip. During the winter months the highlight of any Boat Trip is no doubt encounters with the gentle giants of the sea – the southern right...

Cycle Slackpacking

The pictureque town of Hermanus lies along Walker Bay. Here, the spring air is punctuated with V-shaped sprays from southern right whales in the deep blue sea. This Overberg favourite is also home to great wineries and has a beautiful mountain backdrop – the Kleinrivier Mountains. Hermanus is the...

Fatbike Tours

Go on a Fatbike Adventure in Hermanus. A Fatbike, or a wire tire bike, is an extremely versatile bike – perfectly suited to tackle the sand dunes of Hermanus! Choose between a wide range of trails suited for all levels of ability and fitness. Hermanus is a great place to test your skills on a Fatbike....

Hiking

A Hiking Adventure is a great way to enjoy Hermanus in the Overberg Region. A combination of hiking through fynbos, indigenous forests, mountainous terrains and with the added bonus of whale sightings, makes Hiking in Hermanus an attractive option for any nature lover. Choose between day trips or multi...

Horse Riding

Hermanus is the perfect spot for the saddle-savvy to take in the magnificent scenery of the Overberg, and perhaps savour a glass or two from some of the best wine farms in the country along the way! Never ridden before? Horse Riding in Hermanus has got it covered, catering for riders of all abilities...

Kayaking

You are spoilt for choice in Hermanus when it comes to Kayaking options. Explore Klein River and the Klein River Lagoon or take to Walker Bay and experience close encounters with dolphins, seals, penguins and sea birds. Southern right whales are also frequently spotted so although the pace is relaxed...

Microlight Flying

Flying in or piloting a microlight is pretty exciting at the best of times but a flight from Hermanus, over the farmlands, mountains, beaches and estuaries of the Overberg and Overstrand is truly spectacular. Your chances of spotting sharks, dolphins and whales from the air are excellent. Hermanus is...

Mountain Biking

MTB-addicts will LOVE Hermanus! Mountain biking in and around this charming coastal town is varied, fun and exceptionally scenic with trails to suit all abilities – a great way to spend a day off, weekend or holiday. Hermanus, situated in the Overberg region on the shores of Walker Bay, is only...

Paintball

Go behind enemy lines and get that heart rate up on a Paintball Adventure in Hermanus. This fun game is a great way to spend time with friends and family and as a bonus you get serious bragging rights after an epic battle!

Quad Biking

Go on a Quad Biking Adventure in Hermanus. These tough four wheelers (or All Terrain Vehicles – ATV’s) are a great mode of transport to get off the beaten track of the Overberg. While you are getting those Boots Dirty don’t forget the take in the amazing fynbos, great birdlife and mountainous...

Sandboarding

Sandboarding is like snowboarding but on sand instead of snow – and in your shorts and t-shirt with the sun in your face! Near Hermanus you will find the dunes of Betty’s Bay. Here are some of the highest commercially run sand dunes in Africa so if you are a speed freak this is where you need to...

Scuba Diving

The area knows as the Overstrand is the coastal region of the Overberg, which is just an hour or so from Cape Town. The diving here is great, with lovely kelp forests and many colourful invertebrates. You can do a NAUI dive course, or just join in a dive charter if you are qualified. The diving here...

Sea Kayaking

Nice stable sit-on-top sea kayaks make a paddling trip into Walker Bay an exciting but safe and accessible adventure. As well as loads of sea birds, you may see seals, dolphins or whales. But, like any canoeing trip, it’s about being out there on the water, getting some exercise and fresh air,...

Shark Cage Diving

Hermanus is only a short drive from the epicentre of Shark Cage Diving – Gansbaai. In this tiny village in the Overberg region, you can face one of the most feared creatures of all time – the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). Take a boat trip to a tiny spit of land named Dyer Island and...

Slackpacking

A Slackpacking Adventure in Hermanus is a great way to enjoy the spectacular Overberg Region. The Perlemoen Trail and the Fynbos Trail both offer Slackpacking options so you don’t have to worry about carrying a heavy backpack and can concentrate on enjoying your time in the heart of the Cape Floral...

Sunset Cruises

There is nothing better than chilling out on a boat in the middle of the bay with a cold drink in your hand at the end of the day. Sunset cruises in Walker Bay offer fantastic views of Hermanus, the surrounding mountains, the cliffs on the other side of the bay, and quite often dolphins and seals and...

Tubing

Tubing or geckoing on an inflatable tube is a great way to explore the rivers of Hermanus. Anyone can do this fun activity and it is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery of the Overberg.

Whale Watching

A trip to Hermanus on Hermanus’s Whale Coast is well worth the drive for a variety of reasons. It is one of Hermanus’s most picturesque coastal towns, there are world class wines to be sampled on the Hermanus Wine Route, and it is one of the world’s top locations for land and...

Zip Line

Fly though the air of the Overberg Mountains on a Zip Line Adventure in Hermanus. Although this is an adventurous activity, anyone with a zest for life can go Zip Lining – it is suited for grannies, uncles, the timid and bold alike. Believe it or not, it is even suited to those with a fear of heights....