The Hermanus Coastal Walk, Hermanus, South Africa
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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- Trip Introduction: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates via Emirates First Class, South African Airways Business Class and Qatar Airlines Business Class
- American Airlines First Class: Vancouver – Los Angeles
- American Airlines AAdmirals Club: Los Angeles
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge: Los Angeles
- Qatar Airways Business Class: Los Angeles – Doha
- The Westin Hotel and Spa, Doha, Qatar
- Souq Wahif, Doha, Qatar
- Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge, Doha, Qatar
- Qatar Airways Business Class: Doha – Johannesburg
- The Slow Lounge, O.R. Tambo Domestic, Johannesburg, South Africa
- British Airways Club Class: Johannesburg – Cape Town
- The Westin Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
- Winelands of Paarl, South Africa
- Shark Diving at Gaansbai, South Africa
- The Hermanus Coastal Walk, Hermanus, South Africa
- Returning to Stellenbosch & Franschoek, South Africa
- A Repeat Visit to the Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
- Air Namibia: Cape Town – Windhoek
- Overland Travel: Driving to the Desert; Windhoek – Sesriem
- The Sossus Dune Lodge, Sesriem, Namibia
- The Majestic Sand Dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia
- Overland Travel: Sesriem – Walvis Bay, Namibia
- The Pelican Point Lodge, Walvis Bay, Namibia
- Overland Travel: Walvis Bay – Spittskope – Windhoek, Namibia
- The Hilton Windhoek, Namibia
- Air Namibia Windhoek – Maun – Victoria Falls
- The Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Stopping Hippopotamus on a Zambezi River Cruise, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Feeling the Smoke that Thunders, a day at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- British Airways Club Business Class: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg
- The Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
- South African Airways Business Class: Johannesburg – Mauritius
- The St Regis Mauritius, Le Morne, Mauritius
- Emirates First Class: Mauritius – Dubai
- The Grosvenor House, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- The Heat of the Desert at Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
- Emirates First Class Lounge Terminal “B” Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Emirates First Class: Dubai – Los Angeles
- Alaska Airlines Board Room Lounge, Los Angeles
- Alaska Airlines First Class: Los Angeles – Seattle
- Delta Sky Club Lounge Seattle South Terminal
- Delta Airlines First Class: Seattle – Vancouver
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hermanus is simply a gorgeous town and we appreciated the opportunity to take in the breathtaking coastline.
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.
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).
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.
Hermanus is indeed a beautiful town (with wonderful restaurants) … glad you enjoyed your time there!
My travels hadn’t brought us to Hermanus before. We were impressed with the town; a nice easy going place off the usual coastal trails in the Western Cape
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