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Beaches · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Scenic Walking Areas
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay. The world's principal hub for spotting whales from land, Hermanus offers scenic surroundings, pleasant climate, and proximity to Cape Town. Nature trails, restaurants, and wineries abound in the charming town, which can easily be explored walking. Popular things to do in Hermanus include browsing specialty shops and craft stores, or just spending time lounging on one of the area's pristine beaches. Explore the family-friendly attractions of Hermanus and add them to your vacation plans using our South Africa trip itinerary planning tool.
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You'll find a varied assortment of accommodations in Hermanus, mostly lining its scenic shores and the main coastal road. Mid-market options remain the most abundant, and range from a variety of bed and breakfasts and guesthouses, to rental properties like chalets, bungalows, and apartments. The town gets quite crowded in September due to the annual Whale Festival, so book ahead if you're planning to visit during that time.
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