The Hermanus Coastal Walk, Hermanus, South Africa

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The coastal town of Hermanus has a terrific reputation as one of South Africa’s coastal town and a world renowned whale watching destination. Along with our continued exploration of the Western Cape area, we were able to stop in for a little exploring after our Shark Cage diving experience in Gansbaai.


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Activity: The Hermanus Coastal Walk, Hermanus, South Africa


“A charming seaside down marked with specular South African Coastline”

After a morning of Cage Shark Diving in Gansbaai, we finished our activity in time for lunch. Since we weren’t taking the transfer bus back with the group and had our own car rental, we took the short drive from Gansbaai and spent the afternoon in Hermanus. Since it was now daylight, we could actually see some of the wonderful coastline that we had come in on.

Beautiful Coastline Drives

Visiting Hermanus:

Hermanus is the de facto southern whale watching city thanks to the bay where they seem to congregate. It was a nice and scenic drive down the Hermanus in the day light where we actually could see what we had driven through. The coastline in Hermanus is spectacular and it is a pretty place to visit.

Hermanus Coast Line
Hermanus Coast Line and Restaurants
Tidal Pools
Landscaped Lawns Mark the Coast Line
Inspiring Tidal Pools
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The Hermanus Cliff Walk:

During our visit, we wlked a portion of the Hermanus Cliff Walk. The Hermanus Cliff Walk is a long walkway that extends down the coastline along most of the town. We walked for about twenty minutes, taking in the view and eventually wandering back to town. It was much less frenzied that the crowds that visit the Cape of Good Hope.

Hermanus Ciff Walk
Views from the Hermanus Cliff Walk

We ran into an older man feeding Rock Dassies, which are a unique Southern Saharan animal. They are often found across South Africa and are pretty neat looking as far as a unique continental animal is concerned.

Locating Rock Dassies
Curious Rock Hydrax coming to check us out

Hermanus is simply a gorgeous town and we appreciated the opportunity to take in the breathtaking coastline.

Views along the Hermanus Coastline
Looking Eastward towards Gansbaai

Patio Lunch in Hermanus:

We had eaten light in the morning, skipping a full breakfast so after the walk we wandered back into town and enjoyed lunch at the Burgundy Restaurant. It is one of the oldest buildings in Hermanus, circa 1925 era and has been declared a National Monument.

Walking into Hermanus
The Burgundy Restaurant Patio
smoked salmon trout, cream cheese, cucumber ribbons and caper berries sandwich along with a garden salad with feta

We had a seat on the nice patios outside overlooking the bay. I had a smoked salmon trout, cream cheese, cucumber ribbons and caper berries sandwich with garden salad with feta and shared a bottle of Haute Caribière Pinot Chardonnay. It was lovely and a terrific value with the sandwich pricing at a mere 105 ZAR ($7.30 USD) and the wine for a bottle at 190 ZAR (13.20 USD).

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My Thoughts on our visit to Hermanus:

All in all, Hermanus was a pleasant stop over on the way back from shark diving. We didn’t happen to see any whales that the city is famous for, but the Hermanus Cliff Walk was enjoyable with the usual terrific South African coastline views. Hermanus is a beautiful spot to stop off at if you happen to be through this corner of the globe.


If you’ve been through Hermanus, did you find it as beautiful as we did?

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