What to do and see in Hermanus, South Africa: The Best Places and Tips

December 21, 2017 Ying Subia

Beautiful Hermanus is a South African seaside town that’s a popular whale-watching site. An initial visit to the Old Harbour Museum will acquaint you with the area’s rich fishing history and impress you with a massive exhibit of a whale skeleton. With dozens of area vineyards, Hermanus is a great base for a guided wine tasting tour.
Restaurants in Hermanus

1. Hermanus Cliff Path

Westcliff Rd, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa +27 28 312 2629
Excellent
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4.5 based on 165 reviews

Hermanus Cliff Path

Reviewed By sevalex - Cape Town, South Africa

A very nice walkway over the cliffs riding above the Indian Ocean in Hermanus, quite long and very well paved, a very good and refreshing experience.

2. Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus, Overstrand, South Africa +27 28 313 0819
Excellent
70%
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4.5 based on 416 reviews

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Reviewed By 583isakm - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Spoilt for chose with 4 hiking trails with varying decrease of intensity and duration with the longest being the Galpin Hut hike which took a 4 1/2 to complete via the Adder Ladder route. A wide variety of fynbos and birdlife with a panoramic view of the Hermanus and Grotto Beach in the distance.

3. Grotto Beach

Grotto Street, Hermanus, Overstrand, South Africa
Excellent
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4.5 based on 787 reviews

Grotto Beach

Reviewed By cheuk yu c

It is a beautiful sandy beach close to town. Quite windy at times but still perfect for chilling. The water is freezing cold but refreshing. Can always see people trying to get into the icy water and have a dip. There's a nature walk behind the beach and I have walked for a few minutes there (had to go back because of our time limit). I definitely want to spend more time there. It provided a totally different scenery from the beach, like a forest. If you have got enough sun on the beach, it's nice to have a walk in the shade!

4. Voelklip Beach

7th Avenue, Hermanus, Overstrand, South Africa
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4.5 based on 199 reviews

Voelklip Beach

Reviewed By David M - Cambridge, United Kingdom

This is quite a small beach, with rocky areas behind, left and right. To the rear, toilets and changing areas. Could be very busy, I imagine, as he beach is small at high tide.

5. Hermanus Country Market

Jose Burman Drive | Hermanus Cricket Club, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa +27 72 883 3894
Excellent
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Hermanus Country Market

This is where the heart and soul of Hermanus locals gather every Saturday morning. For hugs, great coffee, unforgettable brekkies, home bakes and the best of local craft in the Overberg. Local wines, handcrafted breads, delicious eats and treats. Come hungry and enjoy the love and laughter. With over 35 local crafters, you will always find something unique and special. WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!

Reviewed By Abu_Firas_11 - Doha, Qatar

Visited Hermanus Country Market this morning with our guide. Nice and simple outdoor where you can find many souvenirs, gifts, necklaces, wallpapers and many other shops. Home made food stalls. Very windy day so had to leave early.

6. Sumaridge Wine Estate

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa +27 28 312 1097
Excellent
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Sumaridge Wine Estate

Reviewed By Polly D - London, United Kingdom

Excellent venue for a great wine tasting and interesting platters. Service with a smile and a beautiful position.

7. Hoy's Koppie

Magnolia Street, Hermanus, Overstrand, South Africa
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Hoy's Koppie

Reviewed By 148leons

Great morning stroll within the town of Hermanus. The walk is an easy stroll on clearly marked route and boardwalk. At the top you have a great view of the town Hermanus as well as the bay area.

10 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa +27 82 976 7302
Excellent
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5 based on 66 reviews

Lembu Gallery & Studio

A gallery specializing in fine art and craft. Studio for resident artist Ed Bredenkamp who is well known for his dramatic "Red Elephants". Locally crafted ceramics, glassware and jewellery. A wide range of colourful hand printed African fabrics individually produced in an adjacent studio. Visit our studio where you can watch the fabrics being printed and custom order your own fabrics by choosing from our library of designs. Shipping available.

Reviewed By Tanner321 - Truro, United Kingdom

We always love returning to this excellent shop, usually just before returning home. We never leave empty handed. Wonderful selection of African souvenirs. Amazing tribal face masks from West Africa, etc, etc. Give yourself plenty of time for browsing.

9. Creation

Hemel and Aarde Road, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa
Excellent
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Creation

Reviewed By Lisa S

We were on a private tour for the day and brought here after doing a whale watching tour. We planned to grab a bite to eat here. The different options were explained and we decided to do the 7 course small plate pairing with wines and wow the food was outstanding! The wine was just as delicious. The interior is gorgeous, we sat next to the fire place. The grounds are pretty too. I highly recommend the 7 course experience, the soup and lamb shank were sooooo good! They told me their recipes are on line but I doubt I could present as lovely as they did.

10. Cape Whale Coast

1 Paterson Street | 1 Patterson Street, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa +27 28 313 8038
Excellent
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Cape Whale Coast

Cape Whale Coast stretches from Rooiels to Pearly Beach. It includes Hangklip, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay, Kleinmond, Fisherhaven, Hawston, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai.

Reviewed By Jilldutoit - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

This whole stretch of coastline from Pringle Bay to past Gansbaai's Pearly Beach, is certainly one of the most picturesque areas along our continent's shoreline and, I would imagine that it would be up there amongst the World's top 10!
The tourist is spoilt for choice here - the proximity of the Mountains so close to the coast, provides opportunities for all sort of activities, as well as offering amazing photo ops. There is a rich biodiversity to be found here and its a foodie heaven of note, with wonderful wines, tasty cheeses and a lot more to please the palate. Another reason to visit is the people - outgoing, helpful, friendly folk - all these factors combine to make an unforgetably delightful holiday experience!

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