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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 The Beauty of Hermanus in Winter

Experience The Beauty of Hermanus in Winter

Hermanus is truly a town for all seasons.

‪Guaranteed the winter weather in Hermanus will always accommodate everyone’s visit or extended holiday getaway.

Hermanus has many shades of winter…

One day there are stormy seas, mist and rain, the perfect weather for board games, a good book you’ve been wanting to read forever and enjoying one of the fine red wines from the Hemel en Aarde Valley Wine Route.

The next day may have clear skies and champagne weather perfect for ‪Ocean Kayaking, Adventure Activities, photography, meandering along the cliff paths and enjoying a picnic next to the ocean on the cliffs, dining at one of the many ocean facing Eateries on the Waterfront and of course ‪‎Land or Boat Based Whale Watching

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Five of our favourite FREE things to do in Hermanus

Five of our favourite FREE things to do in Hermanus

We are always looking for things to do and share with our friends, family and visitors to Hermanus.

Here are a couple of our top Things To Do for Free!!!

Drie Damme – We love hiking up to the Drie Damme, it is quite a steep climb but with amazing views and of course the dam to swim in it is well worth working up a sweat for.

Hermanus Cliff Path Walk – The path starts at the New Harbour and meanders all the way to Grotto Beach, strolling along you have beautiful views of the mountains, the ocean and the fynbos, during whale season the cliffs are the perfect vantage point to spot the Southern Rights.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve – Pack a picnic, don your walking shoes, slap on sunscreen and a hat and head off to the Reserve. There are different gradients to hike, so something for everyone. The abundance of Fynbos, the breath taking views, the bird life and wild animals will guarantee that you will be back again.

Secluded Beaches – Hermanus has an abundance of beautiful coved beaches and rock pools, perfect for families, friends and couples to chill and enjoy hot summer days and balmy winter sunshine.

Visit the Hemel en Aarde Wine Route – Meander along the R320 and pop in at the various wine farms the route has to offer. Wine tasting at the majority of the wine farms are absolutely FREE so indulge and enjoy in some of SA’s finest wines.

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