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Take some time out in Hermanus, South Africa

Situated less than two hours away from Cape Town, the coastal town of Hermanus, South Africa has quickly become one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations. The sleepy town - a relaxing breath of fresh sea air - sits in the bustling centre of the Overberg and Cape Whale Coast and is world-famous for its whale-watching, bright fields of flora and old-world charm. Take a break from the grind and soak up the sights and sounds of this captivating seaside town. 

A history steeped in natural beauty and diversity

Originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, the fishing town was founded in the early 1800s, by a man called Hermanus Pieters, and by the 1890s it already had two schools, two churches, various hubs of commerce and a thriving fishing industry. 

In the period 1600 to 1800 hunter-gathering Khoi tribes also passed through but did not settle, whereas some Strandlopers –solitary beachcombers – lived in caves along the shore. Expansion from the Cape saw the first farm granted to a settler in 1724 and the first permanent structure – a holiday home - was in existence by 1798, on the shore of the Klein River estuary and is still there today. 

Hermanus Activities: What to do and see  

Whale watching at Hermanus is a must-do experience for any traveller. During winter and mid-spring, you can spot Southern Right Whales from the shoreline or by boat. The town also hosts their world-renowned annual whale festival at the end of September to celebrate the return of the whales to the bay during mating season. The festival is a fun, family-orientated affair that boasts the best in food and craft stalls, environmental presentations, and drama productions. It is truly a feast for your senses. 

Hermanus has a wealth of fun things to do and see: from frolicking on the town’s many picturesque beaches, partaking in a spot of golf, kayaking or a tantalising wine tasting at Aarde valley wine farms. For a truly unforgettable experience try ILIOS’s Cape Riviera and Whales Tour:  Wave “hello” to the Southern Right Whales and experience Hermanus’s Old Harbour Museum, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley wine route, a wine tasting and the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. If you’d like to spend the day shopping, take a detour to the Hermanus mall and collect curios and souvenirs from your visit. 

Contact ILIOS to explore more of Hermanus, South Africa today.

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