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Voelklip is a picturesque suburb in the seaside town of Hermanus, Western Cape, about 120 kms drive out of Cape Town. It is roughly 3.5km from the Hermanus centre, and a stroll along the scenic cliff path will have you there in no time!
The beach at Voelklip has a swathe of grass embankment for civilised sun tanning without getting covered in sand . The beach is also popular for surfing.
Hermanus is renowned throughout the world for being the greatest land-based destination for whale viewing. At most times of the year there is an opportunity to spot Bryde’s Whales in the bay, however, during the calving and mating period (June to November) Southern Right and Humpback Whales are prevalent and tend to swim close to shore. Voelklip Beach is the perfect whale spotting location, pull up a chair and have your camera ready!
Voelklip Beach is a TripAdvisor 2015 Traveller's Choice Award winner.
Things to do
The Fernkloof Nature Reserve encompassing the mountain slopes overlooking Voelklip Beach is worth a visit for the vast numbers of Fynbos plant species and birdlife.
Nearby Grotto Bay is a Blue Flag certified beach, with Gold Status, one of only 2 beaches in Africa to have this prestigious award.
Visit Hermanus Town centre to wander through the craft market, lounge at one of the many open air café’s along the main plaza, visit the old harbour museum and stroll the 12km cliff path for stunning ocean views and glimpses of whales in the bay.
The Hemel en Aarde (Heaven and Earth) wine route north of Hermanus has some of South Africa’s premier wineries located in this area.
For exceptionally close encounters with whales, seals and dolphins, take a sea kayaking trip from the Old Harbour out into Walker Bay.
If you are looking for adventure, sign up for shark cage diving from nearby... Show more