Come for the Whales, Stay for Some More

The day trip to Hermanus from Cape Town was solely for the whales, but when approaching the centre of the village, I fell immediately in love. A cosy, little place boasting a stunning coastline, filled with cafes, restaurants and small shops. And hundreds of tourists… It was overcrowded! But imagine how wonderful it would have been to have a house there, to sit on the balcony and watch the whales offshore, when all the crazy tourists have left for the day.

Hermanus was the end destination for a day trip with African Eagle Day Tours ( My guesthouse made the reservation, and I was very happy with the tour company. On the way down from Cape Town, after crossing over to False Bay, we followed the coastline all the way to Hermanus, passing Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay. A costal drive offering some very exquisite scenery. We also stopped by Harold Porter Botanical Gardens (, which wasn’t particularly interesting as flowers were not blooming. On the way home we passed through Elgin Valley and Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Other things to do: Hermanus tips


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