The town of Hermanus, famous for its September Whale Festival and frequented by Europeans for at least the last 100 years because of its healing air, lies in the western cove of Walker Bay, sandwiched between impressive sea cliffs and the Olifantsberg. Hermanus has the world's only "whale crier" and between July and December every year, Hermanus is home to a returning group of Southern Right Whales who come here from Antarctica to calf.
A 14 km path along the cliffs at Hermanus has earned the town the reputation of being the best land based whale watching site in the world. The town welcomes the whales every year with a 5 km human chain along this path. But it isn't the whales alone that make Hermanus such an attractive town. The hiking in the area is superb, there is fishing, diving, cycling, fly-fishing, boating, bird-watching, paragliding, golf, riding and a myriad other activities; there are first class restaurants, arts and craft markets and sheer serenity in the beauty of the surrounds.
A terrific choice of accommodation in Hermanus makes it a perfect "base" from which to explore the region. While bed and breakfasts in Hermanus are popular, those wishing to create their own meal itineraries should consider the many options of self catering in Hermanus.