Top 20 Hermanus Activities 2017.

The seaside town of Hermanus not only considers itself to be the (land-based) whale capital of the world but, all whales aside, this popular travel destination also offers visitors a range of top class restaurants, fun experiences and awesome indoor/outdoor adventures to enjoy.

Here are some of the best experiences to partake in during 2017:

#1 Have a whale of a time

Every year, from June to December, this coastal village becomes a haven for the whales, who migrate back to these shores annually to calve and mate. Because of this, Hermanus is now known as the land-based whale capital of the year.

Not only do they have their own Whale Festival – but there are plenty of ways to watch the whales – whether it’s from shore or out at sea, like with Southern Right Charters’ whale-watching tours.

Contact: (082) 353 0550


Address: Southern Right Charters, Hermanus, Western Cape

#2 Head to Grotto Beach

This blue flag beach is one of Hermanus’s most popular attractions and is simply a must when visiting, especially since it offers a massive, sandy stretch of shoreline, with glorious views of mountain and sea alike.

The beach is also dog-friendly… provided you keep your pooches leashed and clean up after them at all times!

Contact: (028) 312 3180


Address: Grotto Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#3 Get active in Fernkloof Nature Reserve

This beautiful reserve offers a glorious escape into nature… Covering some 18 square km, the reserve provides visitors with a chance to experience some amazing hiking, cycling and walking trails, all while taking in unique Cape fauna and flora in the process.

Contact: (028) 313 0819


Address: Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus, Western Cape

#4 Explore the Hermanus Country Market

Every Saturday, visitors can enjoy this fun country market, which offers organic produce, fresh herbs, food and wine stalls, home-grown goods, trinkets, jams, deli eats and more.

Be sure to pop on by and experience a market, Hermanus-style.

Contact: (072) 883 3894


Address: Fairways Avenue & Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#5 Visit Lembu Gallery & Studio

Lembu Gallery is a wondrous place – located within a hundred-year-old fisherman’s cottage – for art lovers and aspiring artists to explore.

With works from across the globe (though there’s a firm focus on African works), Lembu offers a creative escape and makes for a unique addition to Hermanus.

Contact: (028) 312 1187


Address: 10 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#6 Enjoy top class wine tasting at Creation Wines

A wine lovers’ paradise: Creation Wines offers both sustainable, award-winning wines and immaculate facilities. They also enjoy a stunning setting in the highly sought-after Walker Bay wine region.

At the estate, visitors will also encounter the delightful Creation Wines Restaurant, which is the perfect place to eat after some quality wine tasting at the Tasting Room.

Contact: (028) 212 1107


Address: Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#7 Visit The Whale House Museum

Learn more about this migrating mammals (and other sea creatures) at The Whale House Museum.

Educate yourself with some cool audio-visual shows, photographic exhibitions, a life-sized whale display and informative installations too.

Contact: (028) 313 0418


Address: The Whale House Museum, Hermanus, Western Cape

#8 Savour Bouchard Finlayson’s world-class wines

This internationally renowned boutique winery is definitely the place to go if you’re after some interesting wine experiences and/or tastings.

They offer a selection of different wine tastings (some of which may leave your purse much lighter than before…)… Yet, with such a stellar reputation across the local and international wine industry, you know you’re in for a quality offering no matter which you opt in for.

Contact: (028) 312 3515


Address: R320, Hermanus, Western Cape

#9 Relax at Voelklip Beach

This small, sandy beach is a popular spot for surfing but it also features grassy lawns, ideal for outdoor picnics when the weather’s fair.

There are also some rocky coves close at hand; these help to add a sense of secluded beach lounging. The beach has basic ablution facilities, but parking is quite limited.

Contact: n/a


Address: Voelklip Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape

#10 Tuck in at Betty Blue Bistro

Undoubtedly one of Hermanus’s most well-loved and highly rated eateries, Betty Blue Bistro is a dash of colour and food passion in the Main Road – and as such, it is an experience in and of itself.

They specialise in delicious light meals, like healthy breakfasts, mouth-watering pancake varieties, soups, burgers and chips and of course, decadent sweet stuff too!

Contact: (028) 125 0037


Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape





Betty Blue Bistro via Twitter
Betty Blue Bistro via Twitter

#11 Stay a while at Sumaridge Wine Estate

This estate lies between two mountain ranges and enjoys commanding sea views, so not only is it blessed with a spectacular setting – but it also offers visitors award-winning wines.

If you wish to spend some time in literal heaven-on-earth, then book a seven-day plus accommodation getaway at Sumaridge’s The Lodge: a secluded, five-room house, which is both child- and wheelchair-friendly.

Contact: (028) 312 1097


Address: Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#13 Bend a bowstring with Hermanus Field Archery Club

Try your hand at the ancient technique of archery – a learned skill dating back to 10,000 BC – with the Hermanus Field Archery Club (HFAC).

The club offers a professional range of targets between 10 – 80 yards, and a circular course with 28 different stations. The picturesque course is nestled among fynbos and pines.

Contact: n/a


Address: R43, between Kleinmond and Bot River turn-offs, Hermanus, Western Cape

#14 Indulge your inner bookworm at Hemingway’s Bookshop

Not only has this little bookshop been featured in the New York Times but its fame has reached many other corners of the globe – and as such, it is internationally recognised as a book lover’s essential port of call.

If you’re after seeing rare, unobtainable or simply out-of-print books, this wondrous place is a must when in Hermanus.

Contact: (028) 312 2739


Address: Warrington Place, 4 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#15 Tackle Hermanus MTB Trails

Starting at the Hemel-en-Aarde Village, these four different MTB trails will plunge riders deep into the heart of Hemel-en-Aarde’s raw, natural beauty.

Choose between the blue, green, red and black trails; each track comes with its own level of difficulty, so riders of all classes and styles will be well catered for.

Contact: (082) 828 6567


Address: Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

#16 Stop by Benguela Cove Estate

If it is memorable wine tasting that you’re after, then Benguela Cove Estate is the place for you. But what’s more, this stunning estate also offers a very elegant restaurant for visitors to enjoy a meal at.

What’s more, wine tasting out on the lagoon aboard a serene cruise on a 12-seater pontoon called Lady Bonnie is pretty epic too!

Contact: 083 645 6198

Address: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Bot River Lagoon, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.


#17 Revisit the past at De Wet’s Huis

In 1983, museum staff dismantled the old Dutch Reform Sunday School house and transported its numbered stones and timber off to a new location and then, in 1987, the cottage was rebuilt in Fishermen’s Village. Today, it houses an amazing photo museum with a photographic exhibition of old Hermanus, dating back to the last century.

There are also trophies, furniture and a herb garden to be seen at this history-holding little cottage.

Contact: (028) 312 1475/2629


Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

#18 Visit Hamilton Russel Vineyards

Located close to the sea, Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa. It falls under the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley: a place just behind Hermanus, that is famed for its rural, natural beauty.

The estate specialises in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, so if you visit, be sure to get a bottle to enjoy at home or sample a glass while at the estate.

Contact: (028) 312 3595


Address: R320 Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#19 Take in the views at Kwaaiwater

Like its name implies, during high tide, this amazing viewing spot is surrounded by angry waters that froth and foam…

The rest of the time, however, this little rocky beach of sorts (reached via the delightful Cliff Walk) is a great place to take in some fauna, flora and of course, those irritated waters too…

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

#20 Discover Hoy’s Koppie for yourself

Known as the ‘Jewel of Hermanus’, Hoy’s Koppie provides visitors with a glimpse into both the area’s history and nature.

Part of the Fernkloof Reserve, Hoy’s Koppie – now named for the pioneering Scot, Sir William Hoy, who loved hiking up it (though it used to be called Klip Kop in olden times) – provides eager explorers with an easy walk up its isolate location, 75-metres above sea level.

Contact: (028) 313 8111


Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

These are just a few of the many reasons to explore this captivating Western Cape coastal town… it’s no wonder the whales love Hermanus so much!

Top 20 Restaurants in Hermanus 2017.

The Overberg town of Hermanus is about so much more than its famous whales because, while it is our Whale Capital, it is also a surprisingly good foodie destination, with a host of upper level and casual eateries alike to satisfy your hunger.
Here are some of the best to try when visiting Hermanus:

#1 Betty Blue Bistro

This fresh and vibrant bistro (with a light, fun interior), located in Main Road Hermanus, focusses on serving quality meals – like sweet and savoury pancakes, adventurous salads, good burgers, tacos and even some Banting-friendly dishes too – all made with love and care.
This bistro is an inviting splash of colour and refreshment in more ways than one and is well worth a visit!
Contact: (028) 125 0037
Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

Betty Blue Bistro via Instagram

#2 Creation Wines

Located on the picturesque Creation Wines estate – high up on the stunning Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge – food and wine tastings can be enjoyed at this leading winery’s bistro, which, importantly, is also a child-friendly venue.

Aside from a choice of cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and tea-and-breakfast themed wine-pairing menus, guests can enjoy a range of tapas, as well as a three-course pairing menu made up of salads, soups, poultry and meat.
Contact: (028) 212 1107
Address: Creation Wines, Hemel & Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#3 Pear Tree Bistro

Petri and his team provide visitors with a warm welcome at this bistro where great, “craveable” food and a relaxed vibe reign supreme.

At Pear Tree, you can enjoy everything from tasty breakfasts, light lunches, delicious mains and even decadent desserts, as well as winter warming hot beverages, wines and beers to wash it all down!
Contact: (028) 313 1224
Address: Village Square, 81 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#4 Fishermans Cottage

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience with an air of history to it in Hermanus, then Fishermans Cottage is the place for you. Providing an intimate and atmospheric restaurant vibe, this eatery is housed in a building originally built in the late 1800s before it was turned into the restaurant we know today in 1991.

The food reflects the coastline’s rich seafood, though there are also meat and vegetarian options on offer here, with plenty of chef-owner Anton’s specialities available on the daily blackboard menu.
Contact: (028) 312 3642
Address: Fishermans Village, Corner Main and Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#5 Source

As the name suggests, at Source, it’s all about getting back to basics and focussing on the fresh produce and ingredients that combine and make up a dish.

Chef Warwick Taylor and his team take great pride in their establishment and all it has to offer. Here, it’s all about quality food, supporting local suppliers and providing sincere service for their guests’ pleasure.
Contact: (028) 125 0025
Address: 12 Village Lane, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

James Giddy via Instagram

#6 The Cuckoo Tree

Country vibes and bistro fare are at the heart of family-run, The Cuckoo Tree. There’s a casual, family-friendly atmosphere to be enjoyed here and good food, including its popular, hearty breakfasts.
Contact: (028) 312 3430
Website: none
Address: Rothnick Craft Building, 155 Dirkie Uys Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#7 Fusion Restaurant

This family-owned business is all big on different styles and tastes, as its name implies, and, although there’s no specific style to their food – exceptional taste, quality and presentation are ever-present.

The restaurant caters to both indoor and al fresco dining and both dining experiences provide excellent ocean views, perfect for whale watching (if the season is right).
Contact: (028) 312 4277
Address: 5 Village Square, Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#8 La Pentola Hermanus

This seafront restaurant – which offers panoramic views across Walker Bay and specialises in international cuisine, with South African flavours – has been on SA’s culinary forefront since 1995.

Now in Hermanus, the kitchen offers fresh seafood, mature beef cuts, exotic game dishes and awesome vegetarian offerings, with a range of light meals, salads and desserts too.
Contact: (028) 313 1685
Address: Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#9 Burgundy Restaurant

This restaurant offers delicious food, fine wine, spectacular ocean views and great company, in a place where warm hospitality is a prerequisite.

At Burgundy, enjoy the likes of fillet steaks, artisanal breads, fresh, crisp vegetables and so much more in this seaside restaurant, located near Hermanus’s historic, old harbour.
Contact: (028) 312 2800
Address: Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

Burgundy Restaurant via Instagram

#10 Moggs Country Cookhouse

Here, at this family-run restaurant in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, one can enjoy good, honest country fare, with splendid dishes (which use seasonal favourites) like lamb shank, fishcakes or even a Mediterranean salad available on the seasonal menu.

There’s a delightful, shady terrace to enjoy in summer, while the restaurant also has lovely interiors.
Contact: (076) 314 0671
Address: Nuwe-Pos Farm, Nuwe-Pos Road, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#11 Just Pure Bistro

Just Pure is the perfect place to go for breakfast, lunch or brunch in Hermanus. This eatery offers simple, yet delicious homemade meals, made from fresh, natural and locally sourced ingredients.

The food portions are generous, the atmosphere is relaxing and the daily changing menu offers seasonally-inspired dishes and old Just Pure favourites alike.
Contact: (028) 313 0060
Address: Marine Drive and Park Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape

#12 Harbour Rock

With splendid sea views out across Hermanus and Walker Bay, The Rock, as it is locally known, enjoys an excellent cliff positioning.

This premium restaurant, overlooking the bustling New Harbour, offers delicious desserts, fresh seafood meals, tasty pork belly and sirloin and much more, brought to you by owner Francois Barnard, general manager Vaughan van Blerk and their dedicated team.
Contact: (028) 312 2920
Address: New Harbour, Hermanus, Western Cape


#13 The Barefoot Cook

This is homely, snug restaurant – with an adjoining book store – offers a few select dishes prepared daily by chef-owner Marieclaire Day. For winter, there’s a roaring fireplace to cosy up to, while, in fair weather, guests can enjoy their meals out in the lovely, shaded courtyard.
Contact: (028) 312 4681
Website: none
Address: 12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#14 Dutchies

This beach restaurant offers a selection of breakfasts, light beginnings, sandwiches, mains and, of course, sweets and desserts, with coffee, teas, beverages, wine, beer and cocktails to enjoy too.

All their dishes are freshly prepared and their location at Grotto Beach makes them a winner when it comes to a casual, yet fun eat-out experience.
Contact: (028) 314 1392
Address: Grotto Street, Grotto Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape

#15 Lemon Butta Seafood Bistro on the Bay

Lemon Butta Seafood Bistro – or LB Seafood Bistro as it’s more commonly referred to – specialises in fresh seafood, ranging from tuna, filleted salmon, tender calamari and marvellous mussels too.

To complement their food, they also have a great selection of carefully hand-picked wines.
Contact: (028) 312 3611
Address: 6 Market Square Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#16 Bietang’s Cave

This is not your average seafood restaurant, for, as its name suggests, this restaurant is set in a cave, with the terrace on the rocks overlooking the ocean.

Enjoy dining on a full a la carte menu in Bietang’s Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar, with whales for company.
Contact: (028) 312 3026
Address: In a cave, below Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#17 Fabio’s Ristorante Italiano

Offering authentic Italian comfort food and rich, generous portions at a fair price, Fabio’s is a cosy and welcoming restaurant, which makes for a more relaxed, yet endlessly enjoyable, dining experience.

Try their wood-fired pizzas or excellent pastas (like the Spaghetti al Dente), with some wine from the award-winning wine list.
Contact: (028) 313 0532
Address: 60 St Peters Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape

#18 Piccolo’s Pizzeria

Serving the best pizza in Hermanus, this pizzeria offers good service, a warm, friendly Italian atmosphere, and of course: great food too, such as: pastas, salads, and great, yet inexpensive pizzas (complete with thin bases and great toppings).

It is an ideal family-friendly eatery overlooking the Hermanus CBD.
Contact: (028) 312 1950
Website: none
Address: Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#19 Lizette’s Kitchen

This family-friendly eatery is situated within a beautifully restored, old Heritage farmhouse. Today, old meets new in what is an exciting restaurant and bar space, complete with several dining areas, as well as porch and garden/play area.

Chef Lizette uses her experience and family roots to offer food that’s carefully created from excellent flavours and the freshest ingredients.
Contact: (028) 314 0308
Address: 20 on 8th Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#20 Eat

Owner Petri (who also co-owns Fushion) has created a restaurant space where the focus is on the local market in Hermanus.

His menu caters nicely towards lunch, light snacks and dinner in what is a truly elegant restaurant space, simply made for delightful dining.
Contact: (028) 316 2348
Address: Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape

These are just some of the top restaurants one can enjoy dining at in the seaside, Overberg town of Hermanus but there are many other great options besides.