Blogs from Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa, Africa


Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus July 23rd 2023

Dear All So after a wonderful start in Cape Town, on the Saturday after my arrival in the country, my South African road trip began! I picked up my hire car at Cape Town airport, and bade goodbye to this beautiful city - the plan was to spend the next 15 days driving from Cape Town to Johannesburg, quite an epic journey and adventure I must admit! The first part of this country-long road trip would be spending a few days along the beautiful Western Cape coastline dubbed "The Garden Route", between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. As I began my wheeled adventure, I noted that South African roads seemed quite orderly and straightforward thus far. You have to watch out for a few drivers, mainly the minibus drivers who stop and start everywhere, sometimes drive ... read more
Southern Right Whale
Hermanus Coastal Path
Vergelegen Wine Estate

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus May 27th 2019

The overnight rain had cleared as dawn broke and it looks like being a fair sort of day if a little breezy for our drive along the coast east towards Hermanus. We aren’t in any hurry as it is only roughly just hundred 200km depending a little on which route we will take from the city and we advised our next host that we wouldn’t be arriving before 3pm. To keep our breakfasts varied we will try an Italian place just next to the rental car pick up point downtown.One doesn’t usually think of an Italian restaurant as a place for breakfast but the menu online looked varied and had things we would usually choose. We got ourselves packed and placed all our luggage in the middle of the lounge just in case the cleaner arrived ... read more
There are actually more than 12 peaks in the 12 Apostles,perhaps the person who named them couldn't count
Cape Town city from the bottom cableway station
Lower Cableway Station,Cape Town

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus October 3rd 2018

While the big city offers many wonderful distractions and learnings, the more subtle countryside and smaller towns along the coast have a charm all their own….especially when your interests are being on the lookout out for those magnificent sea creatures, the whale. They are an amazing to behold on the Western Cape, as the Southern Right Whales return each year to the bays south of Cape Town to the delight of many. The females are spotted with their young calves and you easily become captivated by their presence. The town of Hermanus, located some two hours south of Cape Town afforded us the opportunity to see some of the best land-based whale watching possible…..from our balcony no less! Our room overlooked Walker Bay and it was immediately apparent why this area has its reputation. No sooner ... read more
Yummy prawns
Beautiful Cape Fur Seals
Hoping for sharks

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus April 13th 2018

After our stay in Knysna and our time along the Garden Route we said our goodbyes to Beth and Paul who were heading for an overnight safari near Port Elizabeth then flying back to Cape Town and then to the UK. Val and myself with Gemma and Martin set off on our journey from Knysna to Hermanus and what a scenic journey it was. Hermanus is very picturesque with cliff top walks and the sea pounding the rocks below with lots of surf. The next day we were on our way to Cape Town. we stopped at the Stony Point penguin colony near Bettys Bay. This was a wonderful place to visit and watch the penguins. We continued on what must be one of the great ocean drives in the world with superb scenery en route ... read more
Hermanus seascape
Hermanus cliff top
Val on the cliff top

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus March 13th 2017

Am nächsten Morgen nehmen wir über das Festnetz der Verwaltung Kontak zum Call Center unserer Autovermietung auf. Hier rät man uns, dass wir besser das komplette Fahrzeug tauschen und keinesfalls ohne Ersatzreifen weiterfahren sollten. Dazu sollen wir einfach in der nächstgelegenen Niederlassung von "First Car" vorbeischauen, der Fahrzeugtausch wäre sehr unkompliziert. Die nächste Niederlassung ist leider Kapstadt, eigentlich hatten wir gehofft, die Stadt auf unserem Weg zur Walküste großzügig umfahren zu können. Nachdem wir uns durch den Stadtverkehr dorthin gequält haben sagt man uns, dass man leider in unserer Kategorie kein Fahrzeug vorrätig habe und wir es doch bitte beim Flughafen probieren sollten. Hier bekommen wir letztlich für unseren Polo einen kleinen Toyota, der immerhin etwas neuwertiger ist als sein Vorgänger. Alles in Allem hat uns der platte Reifen dann etwa 2 Stunden... read more
Stony Point Pinguin Kolonie
The Great White Shark - Gaansbai
The Great White Shark - Gaansbai

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus November 28th 2016

Left Somerset West about 11ish, Vivienne arrived about 9 (before we were up). Stopped off at a wine farm for some wine tasting but too early in the day for V and I. Drove on to Hermanus which is a lovely coastal town with amazing views, lots of restaurants and shops. Had a lovely lunch then went for walk along the front. Picked up some groceries and drove on to our villa. Arrived about 5.30 and unpacked and got a washing on! The villa is high up (not as high as Camps Bay) and has 6 bedrooms on three levels all with terrace and sea view, huge dining table and large outside seating area with plunge pool. Am writing this watching the sunset with a gin and elderflower tonic - this is the life.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus August 10th 2015

We woke early to clean the house in Bredasdorp, pack our bags and still make an early departure. Lindsey and I were going off by ourselves to Hermanus, a world-famous whale watching point. The drive to Hermanus was a fascinating array of geology and botany. One particularly interesting formation was a hillside Lindsey described as being like the wrinkles of a sitting elephant. The rocks strewn across the slope formed concentric circles. I have no idea how they formed but it must have been a fascinating process. Since I was driving, I couldn't fully appreciate the beauty of the red soil and rich green grass. As a photographer I find it difficult to speed past without stopping, but sometimes progress must be made. Not far from Hermanus we came to a cross-roads; to our left was ... read more
Stanford Dam
The Boiling Pot, Hermanus
Fick's Pool, Hermanus

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus November 27th 2014

Arrived very late the first night and starving, we went on our first tuk-tuk ride to a cute Italian restaurant, Rossi's. The next day we could enjoy Hermanus, which is known as the place of South Africa to spot whales from the cliffs between July and December. During that period, the Southern Right Whale breeds and calves there, so no need to take a boat to see them! You can already spot them from the 14 km of absolute awesome cliff paths that follows the beautiful coastline. That is exactly what we had the chance to experience during a beautiful walk along the coast. Moreover, the busy restaurants along the coast tempted us to treat ourself on all you can eat calamari and sushi buffet.... read more
View from the coast
Florence spotting the whales from the coast
Beautiful statue along the coast

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus October 1st 2014

Geo: -34.4187, 19.2345Nach einer schwierigen Nacht, treffen wir uns um 08.00 Uhr zum Frühstück im Restaurant. Die Stimmung ist schwierig, denn alle hatten keine Freude an ihren Zimmern. Und die Frühstückskarte sieht ebenfalls nicht einladend aus und so machen Nina und Thomas den Vorschlag sofort abzufahren und unterwegs frühstücken zu gehen. Diese Idee wird von allen bejaht und so sitzen wir um 08.30 Uhr auf unseren Maschinen und verlassen Witsand und das "The Breede River Resort und Fishing Lodge", dass im 2013 von Tripadvisor ausgezeichnet wurde. Leider haben wir davon nichts gespürt. Wir fahren bei blauen Himmel auf der R324 in Richtung Swellendam und kehren auf einer Winefarm zum "Zmorge" ein und geniessen dieses sowie die Sonne, die scheint und wärmt. Die Fotografen sind begeistert vom Licht und von der Farbintensitä... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus September 15th 2014

Geo: -34.4096, 19.2886After her naked life and death struggle with the pigeon in the campground shower facility, it was probably a bit early to be talking to DH about another, slightly more dangerous, wildlife encounter in South Africa. But this was one of our WOW list adventures we had been targeting for quite some time- diving with Great White Sharks near Gansbaii. These were the big boys with the razor sharp teeth made famous in that Jaws movie. The film depicted the great white shark as a "ferocious man eater" as well as an evil mastermind. In reality, humans are not the preferred prey of the Great Whites however, of all shark species, this shark is, by far, responsible for the largest number of fatal unprovoked attacks on humans (although the total number of shark fatalities ... read more
Our Shark Cage Boat
DH Takes On The Shark
Southern Right Whale

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