Tourism in Hermanus

The old fishing village of Hermanus was originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but was shorted because it proved too long a name for the postal service to worry about. Situated on the southern part of the Cape Whale Coast and just 90 minutes from Cape Town, Hermanus is a seaside holiday sanctuary that promises to enchant visitors all year around. 

Tourism is the cornerstone of Hermanus' economy. A visit to the tourism bureau should be high on the list of things to do for first time visitors to Hermanus. Not only do you get to discover a library of knowledge about the town – events, happenings and other useful information – you also get a glimpse into the community of Hermanus and a sense of the wonderful townspeople who pride themselves on working and living in the town.

The official tourism office in Hermanus, conveniently located in the center of town, is your one stop guide that provides you with all the information you need to get the most of your holiday in Hermanus. Find out the best places to eat and drink, how to go about planning your trip to the wine lands or voyage out to sea to meet the whales and dolphins and what activities are on offer for the kids. Their website is also regularly updated, so be sure to read the latest blog posts more innovative holiday ideas for the whole family. 

There are more than 300 different types of activities in Hermanus, from simply relaxing on one of its gorgeous Blue Flag beaches to more extreme adventure activities that include anything from horse riding to zip lining over canopy treetops. Any water sport you can imagine is catered for or choose to spend the day at the Whale Museum.

If you haven’t booked accommodation yet or are looking to extend your stay to experience the difference aspects of Hermanus, the tourism bureau will help you connect with officially registered establishments including hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, lodges, self-catering, farm stays and backpackers. 

Majestic mountains, indigenous fynbos and spectacular views surround Hermanus and a visit to the town’s tourism bureau can help you live out the holiday of your dreams. You’ll soon discover that its residents are the heart and soul of Hermanus, providing you with an unforgettable holiday experience.