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Hermanus is a delightfully pretty seaside town, only an hour and half from Cape Town, which is sandwiched between the coastline of Walker Bay and a high mountain range afew kms inland.
Regarded by WWF as being one of the world's best locations to watch Whales it holds the annual Whale Festival at the end of September, which attracts over 100,000 eager Whale watchers. Southern Right Whales, Humpbacks and Bryde Whales are spotted, with the highest number of 196 Whales ever being viewed in one day in October 2008. (Whale watching season is from June to November each year.)
There are 4 major ways for you to observe the Whales close-up - Boat trips out to sea, there are only 4 boats allowed so as to minimise the disturbance to the Whales; Kayaking along the coastline; Cessna or Micro-lighting flights over the top of them for some incredible aerial photos; and - Whale Watching Walking Tours along the cliffs to discover their "secret" hidden coves and inlets that they love to frolic in.
Another major attraction is Great White Shark cage diving, which is based 50 kms around the coast at Gansbaai. This is THE place in the world to do this once-in-a-lifetime activity and has attracted many famous Film Stars, Royalty and Music Stars.
Set in the Cape Floral Kingdom (a World Heritage Site) with its amazingly colourful and diverse plant species, collectively called Fynbos. Hiking and walking in the mountains and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is also a high delight.
With over 70 restaurants, 3 night clubs and many cafes in the town means that you will never go hungry, thirsty or bored.
Hermanus also boasts its own Wine route in the valley called Hemel-en-Aarde, where there are 15 amazing Wineries, 10 pretty Wine Tasting Rooms and over 70 award winning wines for you to quoff. The Hermanus Wine Festival is held annually every August and show-cases over 70 wine estates and over 200 wines for you to sample.
Other Activities include - Quad Biking; Cessna and Micro-lighting flights over the Whales and Walker Bay; Kayaking in Walker Bay meeting Seals, Penguins, Whales and occasionally Dolphin; Tree Top Canopy Rope Slides; Wall Climbing; White water rafting (in winter); Archery; Mountain Biking; Paintball; Sandboarding during summer; Scuba Diving; Surfing; Canoeing; Fishing; Township Tours; Horse riding into the mountains or along the long Grotto Beach; Art and Craft Markets; Boat cruises; Golf; Bird watching and a great Safari park is a short distance away so that you get your African animal fix, plus many more activities.
With well over 200 Accommodation establishments there is a very good and wide range - from 5 star hotels, Guest Houses, Lodges, B&B's and Backpacker Hostels.
For those wanting a scenic and relaxed (or action-packed) holiday in South Africa, Hermanus has alot to offer and is certainly worth a 3 to 5 day stay.
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