Stuck between the mountains and the sea, the town gives a feeling of cosiness and in addition to the whales is a mecca for sports enthusiasts, especially mountain biking, para-gliding, surfing and kayaking.
This is the main reason tourists come to Hermanus for across the world.Yes, you can get that close to the Southern Right Whales without a boat in the "Whale season" - June till October
Grotto Beach on a Summers day. Just as pretty on a cool Winters morning with the wind blowing the sand in drifts. This is a Blue Flag beach which means it meets stringent International standards for water quality, safety, environmental education, management and information,and the provision of services.
Stuck between the mountains and the sea the town gives a feeling of cosiness and in addition to the whales is a mecca for sports enthusiasts, especially mountain biking, para-gliding, surfing and kayaking.
This is the "Old" Harbour, now a museum, where 100 years ago a small fishing industry flourished. The advent of commercial Trawler fishing in Cape Town led to Walker Bay being bottom trawled to death about 50 years ago. There was no environmental control and the free-for-all that resulted meant that the town saw no benefit from the destruction of it's resources and had no voice to protest. Museums and Culture - Hermanus Activities, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa
View of the town from Hoy's Koppie, which was formed by the undercutting of a retreating shoreline as wave erosion progressively cut back along fracture zones to leave behind a resistant promontory, Coastal uplift 150 000 years ago took place to leave an isolated hillock.
A strange fact about Hermanus is that it has a Railway Station but has no Train and no rail was ever laid.
The Windsor Hotel is in the center of Hermanus and is one of the oldest Hotels in the town. The photo is a great aerial view of Gearings Point. A rocky promontory that is a popular place in town to enjoy an Ice cream ad watch the sun set and also a great place to see Southern Right Whales during the Whale season.