Hermanus is a quaint village that has been recognised as one of the worlds 12 best sites for land-based whale watching. Sandwiched between the Langeberg mountains, the area was teeming with wildlife and big game, including elephants when the First European Settlers arrived in 1700.The months of July-November represents whale season. During this period these "The Gentle Giants" make the bays of Hermanus their home.
The journey toward Hermanus swings past the False Bay Coastline with magnificent views of Table Mountain in the distance. We journey along Clarence drive that is commonly compared to the famous Chapmans Peak Drive. Quaint coastal villages such as Rooiels, Pringle bay, Betty's bay and Kleinmond is on route and makes this one of the most relaxing journeys in the Cape. If you have not visited the penguin colony in Simons Town you have the option to stop in Bettys Bay and visit Stoney Point.
We advance to Hermanus. For a closer encounter with this fascinating creatures you can do an optional boat trip. Alternatively if viewing is good from land you can spend your day enjoying spectacular views from numerous lookout points.
End your day by visiting one of the wine estates situated in the Hemel and Aarde Valley, meaning Heaven and Earth Valley. This valley is renowned for their Pinot Noir. We slowly head back to Cape Town via the Houw Hoek and Sir Lowry's mountain passes, with the sweet scents of the apple growing region of Grabouw and Elgin.
- False Bay Coastline
- Clarence Drive
- Betty's Bay, Pringle Bay
- Stoney Point, Penguin Colony
- Harold Porter, Botanical Gardens
- 3 Hour Boat based Whale watching (Optional extra)
- Wine tasting at Hemel and Aarde Valley
- Coffee at Farm Stall