Hermanus, South Africa


Visit Hermanus and you can tick a marine safari, shark cage diving and whale watching off your bucket list, too.

It’s where southern right whales go to nurse their young from July to November. You don’t even need to get on a boat – snuggle beneath a blanket at Birkenhead House and the whales will come to you.

The best way to get a sense of the magnitude? Fly out over Walker Bay to see just how many there actually are.

Places to stay

  • Birkenhead House


    What comes to mind when you think of a beach house? We imagine it’s not twinkling chandeliers, huge roll-top baths...

  • Grootbos

    Whale Route

    Imagine a secret garden filled with life, birdsong and the scent of fresh flowers in the air.  That's Grootbos, a haven in...

  • The Marine


    Whatever you do, ask for a front facing suite. They overlook Walker Bay, South Africa's most treasured whale sanctuary. And...

  • Morukuru Ocean House

    De Hoop Nature Reserve

    Stunning ocean views? Check. A nature reserve on your doorstep? Check. The chance to see southern right whales breed and...

  • Morukuru Beach Lodge

    De Hoop Nature Reserve

    Morukuru Beach Lodge is a solar-powered, fully off-grid lodge that works well for all ages. There are four huge ocean-view suites...

  • Perivoli Lagoon House

    Whale Route

    A masterpiece of contemporary design in a stunning location, surrounded by pristine, fynbos-studded wilderness, the Klein River Lagoon and the...


There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town. It is about 2 – 2.5 hours from Cape Town International Airport to Hermanus by road.


If your ideal holiday weather is blue skies and long sunny days then Hermanus and the Whale Route needs to be visited between October – April. Whale Season runs from July to November. Remember to bring warm clothes because it can be a bit chilly.


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