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Riviera of the South

Whalers Hermanus Guest House, recognizes Hermanus for being famous for its 'champagne air' and friendly locals, is situated on the Cape south coast only 120 km from Cape Town. There are two routes, N2 & R43 and N2 & R44 (scenic). The 90 minute drive from Cape Town takes one through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Hermanus itself is a town of unequalled charm and a treasure-trove of surprises waiting to be discovered.

Originally a fishing village, today's world renowned holiday resort town has a wide variety of attractions and accommodation, such as hotels, self catering venues, guest houses, and Hermanus bed and breakfast venues for the holidaymaker, not least of all what many regard to be the best land-based whale watching in the world. Where else can we see a whale scratching itself on a harbour wall metres from where you are standing? From relaxing on pristine beaches to exploring the beautiful mountainside, there is no shortage of activities to keep the visitor busy. Fernkloof Nature Reserve showcases a diverse and spectacular variety of unspoilt coastal mountain fynbos. Over 50 km of hiking trails traverse the reserve, offering spectacular panoramic views of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Walker Bay, with its visiting whales.

Whalers Hermanus Guest House, alerts travellers that Hermanus is known as the 'Riviera of the South', and has become the winter escape of many Europeans - known affectionately as 'swallows' amongst locals - who live here for several months of every year to escape the harsh northern winter. It is also a popular weekend hide-away for city dwellers and the holiday destination of choice for visitors from all over the country.

Creativity Abounds

The magic and uniqueness of Hermanus with it's wild coastline, the proximity of it's unspoilt mountains, and the availability of hotels, guest houses, self catering establishments and Hermanus bed and breakfast (b&b) accommodation venues, has over the years, lured many creative people.

Famous artists, sculptors, ceramicists, writers, jewellery and glass designers, quilters and photographers and even a renowned chef at Warrick's Catering School have settled here and brought international recognition to this small enclave.

On entering Hermanus from Cape Town one is able to visit, en route, a number of galleries housing both local and international acclaimed works.

Every weekend, weather permitting, Lemm's Corner Museum Complex is transformed into a bustling market place, well worth a visit.