Memories of Hermanus

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As I sit here reflecting on my time in Hermanus, I can’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia wash over me. This small coastal town on the edge of Walker Bay offers exciting experiences, from whale watching to kayaking, hiking, and exploring the world’s most diverse floral kingdom. It’s the perfect blend of natural beauty and adventure, and its rich history is on full display for all to see.

Whale Watching and Sea Kayaking

One of my fondest memories of Hermanus was the breathtaking experience of whale watching. Southern right whales make a stop in Hermanus between June and mid-December, and seeing these majestic creatures up close was indeed an unforgettable experience. But it’s not just about seeing whales from afar. Sea kayaking in Walker Bay was another way to get up close and personal with the marine life along Hermanus’ coastline. The rugged sea cliffs and breathtaking mountain views make it a must-do activity for any adventurer.

Fatbiking and Rock Art

Fatbike Tours South Africa offers a beautiful 6 km ride through the Walker Bay Nature Reserve on a fynbos trail. This is a unique way to spend a day. Both new and expert riders can participate, which is a fantastic way to see the reserve. The rock art at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is another unique thing to see. This is the only place on the Cape Whale Coast where rock art has been found. The paintings show a group of men, an antelope, and several painted handprints and finger dots. These things reflect the San hunter-gatherer and Khoe herder cultures from thousands of years ago.

Old Harbour Museum and Bouchard Finlayson Winery

The Old Harbour Museum shows that Hermanus also has much history to offer. Visitors can learn about fishing in the past, see the “bokkom” stands where fish was dried, and even look at glass pictures taken by the famous photographer TD Ravenscroft. It’s an exciting look at the town’s history, and the trophies of local fisherman Bill Sherkirk, who in 1922 caught the world’s most giant man-eating shark with a rod and reel, are a sight to behold. The Bouchard Finlayson Winery has a lot of different ways to pair wine, macarons, and chocolate for a more relaxing experience. The views of the valley are beautiful, and it’s the perfect place to relax and take in Hermanus’s beauty.

Hermanus: A Gem Not to be Missed

In conclusion, Hermanus is a destination that should be on every adventurer’s list. It’s a small coastal town with a range of exciting activities to do. From exploring marine life to hiking and rock art, there is something for everyone. The town’s rich history is on full display at The Old Harbour Museum, while the coastal views from Bientang’s Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar and the unique biking experiences at Fatbike Tours South Africa are sure to please. Hermanus is a true gem that should not be missed, and I will always cherish my memories of this beautiful coastal town.

Environmentalist and Outdoor Enthusiast. Amanda is a nature-loving, energetic, and enthusiastic environmentalist who has dedicated her life to exploring and protecting Cape Town's stunning natural landscapes. She is an experienced hiker, wildlife enthusiast, and advocate for sustainable tourism.

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