In the Western Cape province of South Africa lies Hermanus, a seaside town popular for whale watching, true farm-to-fork nourishment and some much-loved sporty indulgence.
Inder Raj Ahluwalia
It promises a ‘whale of a time’, literally! Ranked as the best land-based whale-sighting spot in the world, Hermanus is a quiet, scenic retreat for holidaymakers seeking total peace and quiet by the sea. Till the whales come, that is. A 120 kms east of Cape Town, hugging the coast in the Overberg region of South Africa’s Southern Cape and forming a gentle loop along the huge bay, Hermanus has become known as the ‘Riviera of the South’, attracting overseas travellers and local city slickers.
There is plenty to do here! One can explore the lush valley of Heaven & Earth and treat oneself to tastings at world-renowned wineries, or simply feast al fresco on the rich bounty of farm-fresh fruit, succulent seafood, salads, and home-baked breads. Travellers can also soar up high and enjoy a superb view of Walker’s Bay. One can even soak up the sun at a dozen beaches, lagoons and tidal pools in the Greater Hermanus area from Fisher- haven to Klein River. Sporting facilities from golf and bowls, to paragliding and diving, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and riding are also available for those who wish to indulge in a bit of adventure. The Old Harbour is the focal point of village activities, the cliff-top entrance offering a panoramic view of Walker Bay and with a bit of luck, whales in the water below. The Whale House caters to the huge interest in whale watching, while the Old Harbour Museum depicts the history of fishing and whaling.