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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus April 29th 2014

Hermanus, Cape Town, South Africa Hermanus is a delightfully pretty seaside town, only an hour and half from Cape Town, which is sandwiched between the very scenic coastline of Walker Bay and a high lofty mountain range, afew kms inland. Regarded by WWF and Greenpeace as being one of the world's best locations to watch Whales, it holds the annual week long Whale Festival at the end of September, which attracts over 150,000 eager Whale watchers. Southern Right Whales, Humpbacks and Bryde Whales are spotted, with the highest number of 198 Whales ever being viewed in ONE day. (Whale watching seasonis from early June to early December each year.) Boat trips will take you out to sea to meet them up close, but cliff top viewing spots are everywhere, allowing you many very good vantage points ... read more
Great White Shark cage diving trips, Hermanus
Wine Tours, Hermanus
Cheetah Safari, near Hermanus

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus November 1st 2013

Hvaler - Hvaler og Hvaler - det er svært ikke at blive rørt og føle sig meget, meget lille ! Vores dage i hvalbyen Hermanus var intet mindre end fantastiske og alle burde have denne helt utrolige oplevelse. Vi takker alle disse enorme dyr for "Gaven" og kommer helt sikkert igen. Vores skønne hotel lå ved den gamle havn - det betød at vi var omgivet af havet og hvalerne, utrolig god beliggenhed ! På et af billederne kan I se "The Whale crier" - i Hermanus er det en mand som er ansat af kommunen til at blæse i sit hvalhorn når der er hvaler i sigte - en gammel tradition og et ret sjovt fænomen.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus October 21st 2013

Yet again I had another early start, this time it was 04:50 to get ready before being picked up for the cage diving in Gansbaii with the great white sharks. I had booked the diving with Hermanus Backpackers who were extremely helpful in organising the whole thing for me. The backpackers deal with Great White Shark Diving company ( The guy leading it was brilliant, he was very knowledgeable and extremely patient, far more than I’d ever be, throughout the day he had to listen to moronic questions from several members of the group in addition to being asked the same question 2,3 and 4 times during the day. The added bonus with this company was that they were the cheapest – nice! Most of the packages involve them picking you up from your hostel ... read more
Southern Right whale and her calf
Southern Right whale and her calf
Southern Right whale and her calf

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus October 13th 2013

Hermanus Beautiful sunny day. Walked along cliffs and watched dozens of right whales and their calves. They seem to stay just off shore as they nurse probably to avoid predators like the great white and orcas. Went into town where the whale crier blows horn with whale sightings. He had a busy day as whales were coming right up to the cliffs with numerous sightings of breaches and tail slaps. These are huge whales as evident from the life size replica in town. They do not have a dorsal fin so they look like submarines as they pass. We ate at a restaurant on the shore that was built into the cliffs where we could continue to watch whales. It is hard to remember we are in Africa on days like this. W have been out ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus October 12th 2013

Winelands 2 great days in the Winelands, nicer than Napa/Walla Walla. Not crowded, massive surrounding mountains, great wines. Stayed in cottage on vineyard with view of mountains and valley below. Pool, outsider shower, sunsets, no visible neighbors except for birds and occasional baboon. Met with Steve, Suzanne , Don and Holly for dinner before they headed off to Cape Town. Today drove to Hermanus on East coast. Stopped at big cat reserve and petted cheetah at cheetah outreach. Amazing beautiful animals! Now going out for walk to watch whales who are just off shore. Scheduled for shark tank dive on Monday- we' ll see how that goes!... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus September 9th 2013

Geo: -34.4096, 19.2886Een rustige dag vandaag, wat wandelen langs de kustweg met de ogen gericht op de oceaan om te kijken waar de walvissen opduiken. Mooi om te zien maar bijzonder moeilijk om te fotograferen. Die walvissen kondigen niet aan waar ze omhoog springen en ze blijven niet stilhangen. Het is wel grappig, er is een centraal punt in het dorp vanwaar je best in alle richtingen walvissen kan spotten. Je ziet daar mensen met fototoestellen staan op statief met gigantische lenzen gericht naar één punt, en dan plots een walvis opspringen ergens helemaal anders en dan zie je de vreugde bij iedereen en de teleurstelling bij de fotografen, ook bij mij met mijn bescheiden lens.In de namiddag hebben we een boottocht gemaakt en zijn we heel dicht bij enkele walvissen geweest. De walvissen komen in ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus September 8th 2013

• Donderdag 05/09/13: Dag 14 : Knysna - Outeniqua Pas - Outshoorn Na een rustig ontbijt verlaten we de kuststreek om via de spectaculaire Outeniqua-pas naar het binnenland te trekken, meer bepaald naar de hoofdstad van de struisvogelindustrie, namelijk Outshoorn. Het landschap verandert geleidelijk aan en de vegetatie van fynbos maakt plaats voor semiwoestijn gebied. En 'voëls strui' (struisvogels) zijn hier alomtegenwoordig. De volledige economie van de regio is hiervan afhankelijk. Nochtans is de streek de laatste jaren getroffen geweest door een vogelziekte die het bestand quasi totaal vernietigd heeft. Wij bezochten een farm die 22 maanden gesloten bleef nadat alle dieren waren afgemaakt om de uitbreiding van de ziekte te vermijden. Met een bang hart werden de deuren, in maart dit jaar pas, terug geopend. 'url=htt... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus July 27th 2013

So then, Hermanus. A small seaside town on clifftops overlooking the ocean. Sunny and windy and quite reminiscent of any number of towns in northern Scotland. Except... it's very popular with southern right whales and great white sharks. Hermanus is actually one of the reasons we chose South Africa to visit. When we wrote that bucket list over beer and wine on our kitchen table in Saigon one thing that bobbed right to the top was 'cage dive with sharks'. That was me. Kate had something about whales. So, Hermanus became the place to go. So here we were on a blustery day at Hermanus Backpackers considering the next few days. Hermanus V Scotland (plus whales) As I said above, Hermanus does have a passing resemblance to a coastal Scottish fishing town. In the summer, obviously, ... read more
Hermanus bay
Looks scary
Just floating past

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus September 26th 2012

Geo: -34.4187, 19.2345This morning we got up early and checked-out of the hotel. The walk to the car rental place was only two blocks. We picked up our little car, a Citroen and I easily directed Rach (whom I nominated as driver) out of Cape Town. Our destination was a cafe in Camp's Bay for breakfast. It didn't take us very long to arrive there. Table Mountain today was covered in clouds - again. We had a hot breakfast to warm us up and then continued on our road trip. It was nice to be travelling in a car again and driving along the scenic coast. We didn't drive too far until we stopped again, just before 11am in Hout Bay. It is well known for its seal watching and as a historic and fishing village. ... read more
02 Table Mountain
03 Camp's Bay
04 Looking Up

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus August 10th 2012

Geo: -34.4096, 19.2886Ughh another early start. Thankfully, our 5.30AM Breakfast was to be the last early morning for us for the duration of our holiday. Clear skies and sunshine greeted us as we boarded the truck bound for Hermanus. After a fuel stop and brief random osterich encounter, we arrived at our accomodation, Baleens Guest House, around noon. Whilst awaiting lunch, we took a stroll down to the lagoon. With our optional whale watching boat tour not available (booked out..) we took the truck into the city centre of Hermanus. Hermanus is renowned for its shore-based whale watching, in fact it's supposedly the number one place in the world to be able to see whales without boarding a boat. So with clear blues skies (and bit of wind), the right season, and the reputation, a few ... read more
Inquisitive Ostrich
Canola Fields
Our Guesthouse in Hermanus

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