Hermanus Adventures

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 Charters

Whether you join a scheduled cruise or book a private and exclusive boat charter, sailing the waters around Hermanus is unforgettable. Experienced skippers know the best sites for photography and whale watching and to see shipwrecks, encounter marine wildlife and birds, and to watch the sun sink below...

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...

Cycle Tours

Better known for its seafood restaurants and whale watching, Hermanus is also a wonderful area for mountain biking. Mountain bike rentals are available and cyclists can choose from a selection of trails and overnight tour offerings. Where mountain bike trails wind through spectacular scenery and reach...

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...

Hiking

The most family-friendly activity, hiking is a wonderful way to explore Hermanus in the Overberg region. The area has an abundance of well-maintained trails and a range of route distances. There are trails that wind along rocky cliffs, through fynbos and indigenous forests, and over...

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

With easy-to-paddle sit-on-top kayaks the norm, sea kayaking trips and trips on the rivers and dams of the Hermanus area, are accessible to paddling novices. In Walker Bay, kayakers see dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and sea birds in their own environment. Experienced marine guides lead groups and...

Microlight Flying

Far more than just a 'lawnmower with wings', microlights are lightweight, modern aircraft that are capable of flying great distances in comfort. Best of all, they're economical to run, which makes taking a flip in a microlight an affordable activity. Cruise the skies and fly from Hermanus...

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

Holidaying in Hermanus? Take a break from watching whales, sipping wine and eating delicious seafood meals with an all-action game of paintball. The area boasts superb paintball fields with tree houses, camps and bridges as interesting features. Terrain is varied and both small and large groups can...

Quad Biking

Quad biking's advantage over hiking is that greater distances can be covered and yet you still get off the beaten track to traverse wine estates and reach mountain tops, with enough time to also taste the wines, olive oils and fynbos honey of the area. Quad biking is not just about splashing through...

Sandboarding

Beach dunes of varying height and angle in Betty's Bay, near Hermanus, mark this location as ideal for novice and experienced sandboarders. For the more adventurous, there is the massive 210-metre Blesberg Dune. Sandboarding can be enjoyed almost all year; it does not take place when it is wet or...

Scuba Diving

Abundant marine life, kelp forests and healthy reefs are SCUBA diving highlights of the sea in Hermanus' Walker Bay. Beginners can sign up for a dive courses, while certified divers can join a dive charter. If you're flying in or just passing through, dive gear is provided by operators. Popular...

Sea Kayaking

Where kayaking trips on the rivers and lagoons of Hermanus are perfect for bird watching and gazing at the nearby mountains, sea kayaking in Walker Bay is a bit more adventurous. Stable sit-on-top kayaks ensure that you stay on the water (not in it); but if a cheeky wave tips you over, you can just...

Shark Cage Diving

As far as bucket-list activities go, shark cage diving remains up there. Safe in a cage or on the deck of the boat, you can experience a close encounter with great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias). A 30-minute drive from Hermanus, Gansbaai is the shark-cage diving capital of the world. Between...

Slackpacking

The word slackpacking hints at an activity far lazier than it is. A multi-day walking trip is definitely made lighter and more enjoyable when your heavy backpack is transported ahead to your overnight accommodation. The Hermanus area boasts a network of well-maintained hiking trails and has routes that...

Sunset Cruises

There is a special elegance to viewing the setting sun from the deck of a yacht with a glass of wine in one hand and a tasty appetizer in the other. Sunset cruises in Walker Bay, off the Hermanus coast, take this to another level entirely, especially during the whale-watching season. As the day draws...

Tubing

Almost midway between Cape Town and Hermanus lies the Koegelberg Nature Reserve and the tea-coloured water of the Palmiet River. The river flows through a v-shaped gorge and tumbles through rapids and pools to create an action-packed stretch - popular for tubing and whitewater rafting and whitewater...

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....