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Hermanus 2

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.

View of Hermanus looking toward the centre of town.
View of Hermanus looking toward the centre of town.

Looking east towards the lagoon.
Looking east towards the lagoon.

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.

The famous Grotto Beach.
The famous Grotto Beach.

Grotto Beach.
Grotto Beach.

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.

There is also a great sea-food restaurant right at the beach.
There is also a great sea-food restaurant right at the beach.

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Just to give you an idea of the menu.

Voelklip Beach
Voelklip Beach

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.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

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.

The unique Cliff Paths.
The unique Cliff Paths.

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.

Looking across from near the Old Harbour towards the New Harbour.
Looking across from near the Old Harbour towards the New Harbour.

Not difficult to tell what the main touist attraction is in Hermanus.
Not difficult to tell what the main tourist attraction is in Hermanus.

One of the two very popular restaurants situated in the New Harbour.
One of the two very popular restaurants situated in the New Harbour.

As a working harbour fishing trawlers are often moored along side the quay.
As a working harbour fishing trawlers are often moored along side the quay.

Divers training school in the New Harbour.
Divers training school in the New Harbour.

Bombs away. The water here is pretty deep.
Bombs away. The water here is pretty deep.

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.