Hermanus is built along the shores of Walker Bay near the Southern most tip of Africa. Magnificent mountains watch over the town which is home of the Southern Right Whale. A cliff path stretching from the one side of the town to the other, hugs the coastline for about 12 km giving whale watchers unlimited opportunities to study and get within 20 m of the gentle giants in the coves below or lolling just beyond the breakers. Telescopes situated alongside the Old Harbour Museum makes it possible to survey the entire Walker Bay and the whales and dolphins at close range. Nature lovers from all over the world visit Hermanus to view these magnificent creatures from the best land based whale watching destination in the world.

The only Whale Crier in the world is not only a major attraction but keeps visitors informed as to the whereabouts of the whales as he does his rounds through town every day. The sound of his kelp horn has become a characteristic of the charm of this seaside resort during the whale season. The whales start arriving in May in order to calf in the shallow water, to raise their young or to mate. Peak times for seeing whales is from August to November, tailing off in December.

Birkenhead House

If you're exploring the Whale Route or looking for a heavenly wedding location, bathe yourself in luxury at Birkenhead House, perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus that overlook the whale watchers' paradise of Walker Bay.A blissful place perched on the cliffs overlooking the azure Indian Ocean,...
Birkenhead House

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