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Top Things to do for Kids and Teens

Top Things to do for Kids and Teens

Visitors to Hermanus are always wondering what to do with their tots, tweens and teens on weekends and during holidays. Well we have put together a couple of great ideas and things to do!!!

Wonderland Café is a great location for young families for family friendly fun, with jungle gyms, a putt putt course, a Choo Choo train, a licenced coffee shop, nursery and more.

The Jungle Gyms at the Amphitheatre in Hermanus gives parents the opportunity to chill at the restaurants while the kiddies play a short walk away.

Beaches – Grotto (Blue Flag), Kamma Baai, Sandbaai, Onrus beach and Onrus lagoon, Hawston (Blue Flag) to name a couple of the lovely beaches and all our Blue Flag beaches have life guards on duty. Remember your sunscreen, shades, umberella and sun hat.

Stand Up Paddleboarding – An awesome way to spend time together as a family, loads of fun in the sun.

Horse Riding in Kleinmond or Karwyderskraal for novice or experienced riders. Remember to wear long pants, comfortable shoes/boots and sunscreen.

Quadbiking and Mountain Biking – Quad bike outrides into the mountains or mountain bikes can be hired (or bring your own) no need to be a pro… Remember to wear long pants, comfortable shoes/boots and sunscreen.

Rocklands Petting Farm – A lovely little gem, with lots of animals that the children can pet and feed while mom and dad relax with a cup of coffee and a home-made slice of cake.

African Penguin and Bird Sanctuary – The African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) is a Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) project based in Gansbaai. The Sanctuary is the perfect place to visit for all ages. The initiative strives to rehabilitate marine birds and they truly do make a difference.

Kleinrivier Cheese Farm and Picnics – A beautiful cheese farm where one can order a picnic basket, enjoyed in their garden. They also have a petting farm and fun things to do for the kids.

Fat Bikes Gansbaai – Offer stunning trails in De Kelders on their Fatbikes with 4.7 Inch tyres. Easy to ride on the sand and you will have the time of your life, fun for the whole family.

Ocean Kayaking – Go on an ocean eco adventure and learn more about the Cape fur seals, penguins and marine life in Walker Bay. Remember your sunscreen, shades and a hat.

Shark Conservancy – Learn more about the sharks that inhabit our shores with tours at 11:00 and at 14:00 – remember weekdays only.

Paint Ball – Fun for families and friends alike, take a shot at it.

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary – A wonderful experience to learn the importance of the wild cats of the world that are rescued from captivity  and with educational tours twice daily from a Monday to Wednesday at 10:00 and 15:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)

Nature Reserves – Beautiful hikes in a variety of Nature Reserves.  Enjoy all the little wild animals, birds, waterfalls, dams and fynbos. Pack a picnic and become one with nature… Remember your sunscreen, shades and a hat.

Drie Damme – Pack a picnic and refreshments and hike up to the amazing Drie Damme. It is quite a steep hike but well worth the walk – an awesome swimming spot. Remember your sunscreen, shades and a hat.

Go Karting – Perfect for a fun filled morning or afternoon with a group of children, family or friends.

Eco Cliff Park Walks – Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic cliff paths in Hermanus, check out the inquisitive dassies, spot whales, dolphins, seals. Also read and learn more about the forna and flora from the information boards along the path. Remember your sunscreen, shades a hat and a wind breaker (if the wind blows it can get chilly on the cliffs).

SANSA (South African National Space Agency) Hermanus – Incredible knowledge and research you never even knew about… A must discover adventure into our universe.

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10 Great reasons why to visit Hermanus in Winter

10 Great reasons why to visit Hermanus in Winter

Hermanus has so much to offer even in winter, the crisp, clear champagne air and balmy weather gives visitors the opportunity to spend days exploring, enjoying and meandering and we have put together a couple of things to wet your appetite.

  1. Meander along the Wine Route. 

The Hermanus Wine Route has 17 beautiful Wine Farms situated along the R320 in the Hemel en Aarde Valley – Offering many perfect spots to wine away those chilly winters’ days.

  1. Land and Boat based Whale watching.

The Southern Right Whales grace our shores from June and one can see them from the cliffs in Hermanus, by boat and even by plane… Exciting.

  1. The Cliff Path. 

Hermanus is well known for its famous Cliff Path walk. The walk meanders from the New Harbour all the way along to Grotto Beach. Not only can one do some whale watching you can also experience the beauty of nature, do some bird watching and taking in the stunning surroundings.

  1. Country Markets

The Hermanus Country Market is a wonderful Saturday morning treat, with live music, divine food stalls, lovely crafts and fresh produce. Hermanuspietersfontein has an evening market on a Wednesday evening as well as a morning market on a Saturday where one can enjoy their fine wines, a bite to eat while enjoying the music and the company of friends.

  1. Time to Dine. 

Enjoy the cosy atmosphere at one of the many Restaurants and Eateries in Hermanus some of which have fireplaces to warm up at. The array of Restaurants offer something for everyone’s palate be it, Italian, Asian, French or Fusion one is truly spoilt for choice.

  1. Amazing works of Art.

Meander through the village and discover the incredible works of art on exhibit in the Galleries in Hermanus – The village art walk ramble features well-known local artists’ finest works.

  1. Diving with the Sharks

Did you know that winter is the best time to do shark cage diving – Gansbaai is only 40 kms from Hermanus and the Shark cage diving operators offer shuttle service to their venues or you can do a self-drive trip. Definitely a “bucket list” experience to do.

  1. Spend the day with wild cats. 

Panthera opened their gates to the public in 2014 – This incredible wild cat sanctuary is a must visit situated just outside Stanford and promises to leave you feeling both humbled and exhilarated.

  1. Explore century old caves

The Klipgat Caves situated at De Kelders near Gansbaai – These caverns were formed millions of years ago through the erosive action of underwater aquifers. They were then opened up along the coastal cliffs by rising sea levels and pounding waves, forming huge caves that would later become the home of Middle Stone Age people and eventually Late Stone Age people known as the Khoikhoi.

  1. Fun times at our Festivals. 

Food and Wine Festival which takes place from 06th to 08th August is where one can be treated with a variety of World class Red and White wines which are sourced from Elgin to Elim and Craft beers can be sampled from breweries in the Overberg Region. With loads of good food, live entertainment, a kiddie’s play area, grass slopes and wooden benches to relax on the weekend promises to be an event you will be returning to.

The “Kalfiefees” is a celebration of the birth of the Southern Right Whale Calves in Hermanus and is loads of fun for both young and old, featuring markets, shows, and music. This festival also takes place from the 04th to 09th August.

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Experience Hermanus at a Glance Part One

Over the years Hermanus has grown from being known as a sleepy little fishermen’s village to being the Worlds Best Whale Watching Capital. This ever growing Town is now fast becoming  a destination for all seasons…