If you have just come across this post then I would suggest that you first have a look at the post called Hermanus 1 as it gives a bit of background to the town and covers most of the touristy places situated round the Old Harbour – sort of what you would see if you only had a few hours to explore Hermanus. This latest post carries on from there.
Both the above photographs are taken from the mountains overlooking Hermanus. When the right winds are blowing these mountains provide the launch pad for some of the best para and hang-gliding in the Cape. Rotary Drive provides easy access to the launching site which is more or less in line with the golf course and high school grounds.
Hermanus is recognised as having some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa. A section Of Grotto now boasts Blue Flag status offering visitors facilities that include lifesavers, security guards and spotless cloakrooms. The beach stretches all the way to the little town of De Kelders – a solid 5 hour walk.
About a kilometre from Grotto towards town is the grassed and terraced Voelklip Beach which is the in place for the younger set with some good waves for surfing.
There are many walks for those keen on hiking and you can choose from beach, coast or mountain routes. Fernkloof offers several different grades of walk and the area is covered in spectacular fynbos.
This path is about 10 kilometres long and basically runs the full length of Hermanus from the New Harbour to the lagoon. The section from Fick’s Pool to Tamatiebank has recently been upgraded to accommodate wheelchairs and during the season is a wonderful walk to take and spot the whales in Walker Bay.
There are really a huge amount of things to do in Hermanus and I am sure I have just scratched the surface. Apart from everything I have mentioned there is an excellent golf course, bowls, fishing, surfing, birding – which is becoming the fastest growing eco-tourist commodity in the world – arts and crafts, whale festival, kaliefees, wine tasting, sailing and boating, fly fishing and diving just to mention some.