Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but shortened as the name was too long for the postal service), is a town located on the southern coast of the Western Cape.
It is most famous for southern right whale watching during the southern winter and spring during which whales can be seen frolicking in the waves from the cliffs all around town. They can arrive as early as June and usually depart in early December.
Hermanus is also home to the world’s first Whale Crier since August 1992; his mission to alert hundreds of shore-based whale watchers to the whereabouts of whales by sounding his kelp horn. The town’s first Whale Crier was Pieter Claasen, an employee of the Old Harbour. He retired in 1998 and was succeeded by Wilson Salukazana (1998-2006). The current Crier is Zolile Baleni.
Southern rights were once hunted close to extinction and are now protected to ensure the survival of the species. The Old Harbour Museum contains several exhibitions that explain the whaling industry, including a complete whale skeleton.
Gateway to the Overberg – An Introduction:
Within driving distance of South Africa’s Mother City, lies a region of contrasts and wonder. The Overberg has rugged mountain ranges, fynbos, rolling wheat and canola fields, and splendid coastal vistas. It is for you to reflect, discover and have a geocache adventure worth remembering.
Once on this side of the mountain, the traveller will find a myriad of roads into the Overberg where the land, mountains, sea and people tell their own story. The Overberg is a region that stretches along coasts with beautiful beaches, and over mountain ranges with interesting geological formations, abundant birdlife and unique fynbos. The roads will take you on a journey through valleys with picturesque vineyards, orchards and beautiful landscapes of green, gold and brown.
Memories from the past – as illustrated by the Overberg’s rich collection of mission stations, shipwrecks and old architectural treasures – exist harmoniously with new town developments, ensuring visitors find all they need.
So get away from life’s mad rush and pay the Overberg a visit. Here, on our roads, you will have the freedom to decide whether to turn left, right, stop or drive on slowly.
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