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Hermanus

Author: · September 26. 2013 · Cape Town

It’s whale season in South Africa! A must do is a weekend trip to Hermanus. 4Exchange arranged this for me and some other students. Hermanus has the status of being the best land-based whale watching destination in the world.

If you drive to Hermanus you should definitely take the touristic route. Sure, it isn’t the fasters route, but it is absolutely the most beautiful. You will find a lot of curves, an amazing view on the ocean, high  mountains and colourful flowers during this route.

After 1 hour drive you arrive at Betty’s Bay. There is a small sign along the road with a penguin on it. Make sure you stop, because you can see here a large African penguin colony. After this just continue your route to Hermanus.

When we arrived at Hermanus we went to check in at our accommodation: Hermanus Esplanade. After checking in we climbed the rocks and had a lovely view over the sea. In the evening we had a typical South African braai with a large group of students. If you feel like, you can explore the nightlife at Hermanus. We went to 2 pubs: Shimmies and Barneys. Because Hermanus is a small village, I guess these are the only pubs in town. Luckily for us, it were nice pubs and we had a lovely time!

Except watching wales there are many other activities that take place at Hermanus. You could go quad biking, shark cage diving, horse riding, zip lining, wine tasting and there’s  a lot more! Are you in a less active mood? Just enjoy  the amazing view!

I went quad biking for the first time in my life. It was so much fun! Halfway the route we stopped to make some pictures of the stunning views.

On Sunday we went back and again took the touristic route. We saw some Baboons sitting next to the road. I believe that´s really impressive! In the Netherlands you can only see them in a zoo. We stopped at Gordon´s Bay to grab some lunch. To make a long story short, it was a fantastic weekend and I highly recommend to go to Hermanus during whale season!

Francien 

 


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