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Hermanus, South Africa – The Beginning
The gorgeous seaside town of Hermanus in South Africa has a proud history dating back to the early 1800s when a man by the name of Hermanus Pieters followed a path etched into the ground by a herd of elephants. He wandered south of Caledon along the elephant trail and ended up next to the sea where he discovered a fresh spring. Hailed for its exquisite beauty today Hermanus is a South African tourism hot spot.
Hermanus may be a quiet town but it is definitely not an uneventful one. There are a number of choices for beaches, from rock-protected coves to long expanses of sandy beach, perfect for safe swimming and strolling and the many tidal pools provide safe bathing and are perfect for children. The variety of cliff path walks and hiking trails, magnificent diving spots and excellent bird watching opportunities are a treat for the nature lovers.
Some Hermanus Attractions
Fernkloof a Nature Reserve in Hermanus South Africa
The Cape floral kingdom is the smallest of the six recognised kingdoms in the world, yet in relation to its size it exhibits the greatest biodiversity. Fernkloof Nature Reserve is nestled in the mountains above Hermanus, South Africa. The name of the principal vegetation type of this region is derived from the Dutch word 'fijn bosch' which is the collective name for a multitude of evergreen shrub-like plants with small firm leaves and woody plants with hard leathery leaves. Over 1100 species of fynbos have been identified in this reserve in Hermanus. South Africa is the only country in the world where fynbos grows and nature enthusiasts will love a day out at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve which as an added attraction is home to the largest carnivorous plant in Hermanus, South Africa and the world!
Art in South Africa
Many renowned artists, sculptors, ceramicists, writers, jewellers, glass designers, quilters and photographers have settled here and brought international recognition to Hermanus. These artists often hold exhibitions which should not be missed. There are also a wide variety of shops where you can purchase anything from clothing to curios. The museum enables visitors a fascinating glimpse into what the town was like in the past.
Hermanus – the whale watching capital of South Africa
It is however the whale watching which draws so many visitors to this seaside paradise. Each year from July to December Hermanus and South Africa become home to thousands of Whales who leave the icy Antarctic to mate and birth their calves. The Western Cape is a hot spot for Whale watching in South Africa. The most common whales in this area are the majestic and once near extinct Southern Right Whales. Hermanus, which is located a mere 45 minute drive from Cape Town, is known as the “heart of the Whale Coast” and is recognised by World Wildlife Fund as the best land-based whale watching area in the world. The Annual Whale Festival held in September celebrates these truly magnificent creatures. A trip to the festival, 5 days of exhibitions, boat trips, flea markets and entertainment, is highly recommended.
Golfing Holidays in Hermanus and South Africa
A visit to this wonderful coastal town is about so much more than just the whales of Hermanus. South Africa
is a premier golfing destination and Hermanus is home to two of South Africa’s most acclaimed golf courses.
What could be better than a holiday escape to a picturesque location that offers excellent golfing?
The Hermanus Golf Club is set amidst gorgeous sea views and a dramatic mountainous backdrop. This 18-hole course was designed by Bob Grimsdell and is one of the most popular courses in the country.
Located in Kleinmond, which is just a few minutes drive from Hermanus lies the gorgeous Arabella Golf Course and Country Estate. Designed by Peter Matkovich the courses theme is balance.