Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg

Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg

Things to do - general

Come to Hermanus – Gateway of the Overberg

Visitors have long considered Hermanus a paradise and it is known by many as the Riviera of South Africa. Here you will find champagne air and the best land based whale watching in the world. Southern Right whales migrate to our shores every year. They calve in the temperate waters of Walker Bay while humpbacks pass by the region on their annual migratory routes. In fact Hermanus is one of the few towns in the world that offers whale watching by land, sea and air. We have so much more to than just whales in Hermanus.

From relaxation to adventure activities, there is something for young and old to do. Our town has a selection of superb accommodations including hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering apartments to suite all budgets. We also boast a host of top notch restaurants, eateries, bars and coffee shops. Shoppers will find many unique clothing, decor and memorabilia stores as well as the much loved Hermanus Country Market and Food & Wine Market at Hermanuspietersfontein Wines.

The famous cliff path, pristine beaches & fynbos clad mountain attract thousands every year. They come to explore the bounty of the world’s smallest floral kingdom. Trails in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve are suited to all ages & fitness levels, offering fascinating insights into the plant & bird life of the area. Our outdoor activities include surfing, kayaking, quad biking, mountain bike trails, paragliding & horse riding along pristine beaches. Hermanus also boasts two of the country’s top 18hole golf courses.


Discover our best kept secret, the Hemel en Aarde Valley wine route. Eighteen vineyards are found stretching from the bottom of the vale to its highest reaches in the Hemel & Aarde valley. If you love wines, spend a day visiting producers to taste some of our superlative cool climate wines. If History or art are your thing you will feel right at home in Hermanus. Our town is littered with historical cottages, churches & museums as well as many artisanal jewellery stores & original art galleries. Hermanus Fynarts & the Whale Festival are just two of the many events hosted throughout the year in our town.

So much for you to do & discover in Hermanus.

Country South Africa
Visa requirements

Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country and the requirements are subject to change. As each application is treated on a case to case basis you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad. You can also contact any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.

The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries. Visas are NOT issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put you onto a flight back to your home country.


List of countries exempt for South African Visas  Please note that this can change at any time

Languages spokenEnglish Afrikaans Xhosa
Currency usedSouth African Rand

Sports & nature

Hermanus has so much to offer if you are a nature lover. Grotto Beach and Onrus beach are just two of the many great beaches we have in Hermanus. The famous cliff path is also one of our nature jewels that attracts many visitors all year round. In the Fernkloof Nature Reserve you will find a network of hiking trails as well as the three dams. Taking a drive up Rotary Way is another favourite pastime for visitors and locals alike. Sunrise and sunset are best however any time of day will reward you with sweeping views over the town. Hoy's Koppie, located in town is another great vantage point from which to see Hermanus from up high.

The Hemel en Aarde valley has many MTB tracks for cycling enthusiasts and some road have dedicated bycicle lanes. Hermanus is also well know for sporting events such as trail running, mountain biking and running. Kite surfing, surfing, diving and fishing are also popular pastimes in Hermanus. If you are more adventurous you can take to the skies and try your hand at paragliding. Quad biking in the valley through the vineyards is another unforgettable experinece

Nightlife info

Hermanus has a buzzing nightlife. Enjoy a sun downer at one of our many restaurants of visit some of the pubs and bars in town. You won't battle to find a live gigs or music event in Hermanus. A number of bars have pool tables and big screen TV's for those all important rugby games. A number of venues also have dance floors if you want to get down an boogie.

If you love art then the First Friday art walk is a must, on the first Friday of every month.

Culture and history info

Hermanus has a long history dating back to the the Khoi and San peoples of Southern Africa. Evidence that they lived in the area has been discovered in a cave at Hoy's Koppie located in the center of town. In the early 1800’s a gentleman by the name of Hermanus Pieters discovered Hermanus which became known as Hermanupietersfontein. Interestingly enough the decision was made to shorten the name to Hermanus in 1902 as postal taxes were levied on each letter of the towns name.
The first permanent settlers arrived in 1857. The Henn family pitched a camp next to the waterfall discovered by Mr Pieters in town and built the first permanent buildings along the present day Marine Drive. By the late 1800's Hermanus had had become a bustling fishing village with a number of hotels, shops and a post office. Word spread fast and Hermanus was soon prescribed to the ill as an ideal location for recuperation and rest  because of the champagne air. A sanatorium was even erected over looking Walker Bay. The building now houses the Windsor Hotel.

Did you know that Hermanus has a train station but no trains pass thought the town? Sir William Hoy, head of the South Africa Railways and Harbour Services enjoyed to holiday in Hermanus during the summer and had a great fondness for the small town.

Abalone Lodge

Abalone Lodge

306 Main Rd, Hermanus, 7200, Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg
Luxury Guest Lodge Welcome to four star Abalone Lodge, a distinct luxury guest lodge situated on the More info
Harbour House Hotel

Harbour House Hotel

22 Harbour Road, Hermanus, South Africa, Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg
Hotel Accommodation in Hermanus This well-placed hotel accommodation in Hermanus is a real treat for More info
Hermanus Beach Villa

Hermanus Beach Villa

151, 11th Street, Hermanus, Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg
Luxury Guest House Accommodation Hermanus Beach Villa offers luxurious guest house accommodation and More info
Misty Waves Boutique Hotel

Misty Waves Boutique Hotel

21 Marine Drive Hermanus, Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg
Luxury Boutique Hotel The ultimate in luxury accommodation in Hermanus with stunning interiors and t More info
Oceans Eleven

Oceans Eleven

11 Westcliff Road, Hermanus, South Africa, Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg
Ocean Eleven is an olde worlde, Cape Cod, colonial style guesthouse situated on the famous cliffs of More info
One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel

One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel

Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg
Supremely comfortable throughout the year. Enjoy our renowned cooked breakfasts on the sea view terr More info
The Whale Coast Hotel

The Whale Coast Hotel

Corner of Lord Roberts & Royal Roads, Hermanus, Hermanus - Gateway of the Overberg
The Whale Coast Hotel offers elegant 4 star self-catering accommodation to leisure and corporate vis More info

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