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1. 2 Day Safari Experience from Cape Town

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2. Marine Big 5 Safari with transport from Hermanus

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3. 4 Day Garden Route Adventure & Safari

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4. 6 Day Garden Route Small Group Tour Fr CapeTown - Departs Mondays

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5. 4 Day Garden Route Luxe Selection Micro Group Tour from Cape Town

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6. 5 Day Garden Route Small Group Tour Fr CapeTown - Departs Mondays

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7. 4 Day Addo Elephant National Park & Garden Route From Cape Town

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8. 2 Day Whale Coast and Wildlife Safari Tour with Private Transfers

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9. 3 Day Garden Route Tour From Cape Town

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10. 4 Day Small Group Garden Route Tour fr Cape Town -Departs Mondays

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11. 4 Day Garden Route tour from Cape Town + Addo National Park

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12. 3 Day Garden Route & Robberg Nature Reserve Tour From Cape Town

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13. 3 Day Garden Route From Cape Town

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14. 4 Day Garden Route & Addo National Park Tour from Cape Town

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15. 4 Day Garden Route & Addo National Park Tour from Cape Town

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16. 4 Day Small Group Garden Route Tour in Cape Town

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17. 4 Days Small Group Tour to Garden Route from Cape Town

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18. 3 Day Garden Route Tour From Cape Town

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19. 3 Day Garden Route & Robberg Nature Reserve Tour From Cape Town

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20. 4 Day Addo National Park & Garden Route Tour from Cate Town

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21. 5 Day Addo National Park and Garden Route from Cape Town

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22. 5 Day Private Luxury Garden Route Classic Safari from Cape Town

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23. 4 Day Garden Route & Addo National Park Tour From CapeTown

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24. 9 Day Garden Route, Karoo and Addo Wonders

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25. 3 Day Garden Route & Robberg Nature Reserve Tour From Cape Town

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26. 5 Day Small Group Garden Route Tour from Cape Town

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Tucked between mountain and sea and featuring fynbos-covered hiking trails, a number of beaches, two lagoons and a meandering wine valley, Hermanus is one of the most popular destinations for both locals and international travellers.

A bustling harbour town on the edge of Walker Bay, Hermanus is not short of shopping opportunities or lively bars and restaurants to try.

But the main attraction visits between June and November. During whale season, Southern Right Whales come to the South African coast to mate and calve, with calving usually happening during August and September, and the height of the whale season taking place between August and October.

A cliff path, stretching from one side of the town to the other, hugs the coastline for about 12km and gives whale-watchers unlimited opportunities to study these gentle giants in beautiful Walker Bay.

Hermanus boasts the best land-based whale-watching in the world, and offers boat-based whale-watching to get you even closer to the whales. Hermanus also hosts the famous Whale Festival that takes place in September, when the little town almost overflows with visitors.

Accommodation in Hermanus is plentiful, but it gets booked up over school holidays and during festival time so you would be advised to book in advance.

Hermanus is fast becoming an eco-adventure playground. With activities such as sea kayaking, abseiling, lagoon-canoeing, sand-boarding, paragliding, horse-riding, scuba-diving, sailing, and of course whale-watching, visitors are never short of things to do and see.

Telescopes situated alongside the Old Harbour Museum make it possible to survey the entire Walker Bay and the whales and dolphins at close range.

While in Hermanus, make sure you don’t pass up the quaint little museum on the harbour’s edge – the whale song playing in the background comes live from underwater microphones in the bay.

Surrounding Areas

From Hermanus it’s a beautiful drive through Overberg Country to the southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas , officially the point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.

Drive around the bay to the sheltered whale-watching spot at De Kelders , explore the quaint mission station at Elim and the traditional fishing village at Arniston – there’s so much more than whales to keep you busy in this part of the Western Cape .

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Hermanus, Location

Although much expanded in recent years, Hermanus retains a relatively pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.

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All five major species of whale pass around the Cape Jun-Oct, notably the southern right whale, which comes in very close to shore to calve.

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Whales can be watched from the shore or on dedicated boat trips.

Hermanus, Activities

To the east lies the sweeping Walker Bay Nature Reserve and the shark-diving base of Gansbaai.

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The surrounding hills are home to superb endemic ‘fynbos’ flora and fauna.

Hermanus, Accommodation

The town contains a good range of accommodation across the full price spectrum.

Hermanus, Downsides

The main potential downsides are the busy and touristy nature of the place and adverse weather conditions during the May-Oct winter.

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Hermanus is situated on the southern coast of the Western Cape in South Africa, and is renowned for its spectacular whale watching opportunities. This coastal town has the best land-based whale watching, and access to Hermanus is by road transfers. There are plenty of elements that makes Hermanus a unique destination.

A drive through Hermanus is a picturesque affair, with views of the beach and the diverse fynbos vegetation. Wonderful whale watching can be delighted on land during the winter and spring months of South Africa. The fine vineyards of Hermanus can be viewed and the grapes tasted on a unforgettable tour of the wine valley. Hermanus accommodation is offered at boutique and beach hotels.

Activities in Hermanus is includes scuba diving, beach activities, fishing, birdwatching, beach walking safaris, boat cruises and sea-kayaking. See below for South African safari tours that include a Hermanus getaway.

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Hermanus is a small town on the Southern coast of the Western Cape and is most famous for its whale watching.  While the town is a relatively sleepy “retirement town” during three quarters of the year, it comes alive during the late Southern winter and spring as thousands of tourists come for the Whale Festival. The Whale Festival runs during the first week of November and is the best time of year for whale viewing.

Some hotels in Hermanus have amazing views of the waves crashing over the rocks.  Good places for an authentic stay you might want to try out one of the many luxury guesthouses in the area, such as the Birkenhead House or Grootbos Lodges.

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City & safari highlights, from: $6730 - per person.

Enjoy 11 glorious days in sunny South Africa with a city experience in Johannesburg and Cape Town and a nature and bush safari in private game reserves in 5* luxury from day one including a stay where you will have an excellent chance to see whales and the famous Big Five animals

Selected Hermanus Hotels

Birkenhead house.

Birkenhead is a  small boutique hotel, which makes a romantic and luxurious getaway – it has become an internationally recognized traveler’s choice. It offers a pleasing fusion of classic beach house style, luxury, and originality and is characterized by an easygoing ambiance.

GROOTBOS PRIVATE RESERVE

Grootbos is a fynbos nature reserve situated in between Hermanus and Gansbaai on the slopes of the mountains overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is here at the Southern Tip of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans collide, making it one of the richest and biologically diverse marine ecosystems on the planet.

Whale Watching

During the Whale Festival, the streets fill with tourists, and all you have to do to see whales is walk along the seaside main street of the town and glance out into the bay.  Whale spotting is also good for several weeks before and after the festival but declines sharply towards the end of November.

Whale watching tours are available from many operators and usually cost between $25 and $50, with some offering a partial refund if no whales are spotted (not a concern during peak season, but well worth considering in early October/late November).

A once-popular feature of the town, the local self-appointed Whale Crier, used to walk around the main street with a horn, blowing signals that let tourists know where to find whales (the meaning of the signals were printed on his sandwich-board).  The original Whale Crier retired several years ago, but an enthusiastic youngster has since succeeded him.

Fishing tours, trips to the local penguin colony, and hang-gliding are also favorite activities that run continuously from before the Whale Festival and well into Autumn.

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Grotto Beach is the largest and most popular blue-flag beach in Hermanus, with a long stretch of white sand and perfect conditions during summer.  It can, however, get a bit windy on the beaches during spring and autumn.

For surfers, the nearby Onrus beach offers a good break with consistent 2-3 foot off-shore conditions, only occasionally changing to on-shore during autumn and winter.

Hermanus is also becoming an attractive center for artists and musicians alike. With regular shows and exhibitions, you are bound to experience a flare of the creative arts on your visit. Laughter and smells of delicious food fill the air on weekends when people gather at the local organic food market near Hermanus High School and the corner flea market in the center of town. You will soon realize that this is no longer a sleepy little beach town, but one full vibrant flare.

For the outdoor travelers, there are beautiful walks and hikes in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, canoeing or kite-surfing on the lagoon or enjoy a horse ride on Grotto Beach.

Hermanus is genuinely a ‘town of all trade’ and will provide you with an unforgettable getaway on your travels or an excellent starting point for your further trips up the Garden Route.

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Is the The Marine for Me?

The Marine, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels.

Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World property offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world from June to November each year.

Guests are even able to view these majestic creatures from their own sea-view bedrooms.

The Overberg region is also a must for adventure sport seekers, offering a host of activities – including hiking, mountain biking and marine sports. Back at the hotel, guests can indulge in exceptional culinary delights.

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The The Marine has 40 rooms. Select a room for more details.

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Double Room

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Each of these comfortable guest rooms comes with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and under-floor heating, as well as a king size bed – which in some rooms can also be converted into a twin bed.

In addition, several of the Double Rooms open out onto private balconies.

Rooms range in size between 22-44m2. Maximum two people per room.

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Luxury Double with Sea View

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The panoramic views over Walker Bay have inspired the décor of each of the rooms, with blue featuring as a dominant colour.

A comfortable seating area makes for the perfect vantage point for spotting the gentle giants below while enjoying a glass of wine. In addition, several of the rooms feature a balcony with breathtaking views of the ocean.

King size beds, spacious en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout ensure the ultimate comfort.

These rooms range in size between 28-88m2. Maximum two people per room.

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Premier Suite

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Two of our Premier Suites also feature private balconies with views over Walker Bay.

Each Premier Suite encompasses a separate lounge with a SmartTV and Satellite TV channels.

A beautifully decorated bedroom with an en-suite bathroom is made all the more comfortable with air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout.

The Premier Suites range in size from 46-87m2. Maximum two people per room.

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The Pavilion

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The Pavilion is set up each morning for breakfast; guests can sit inside or take their pick from two al fresco options, either in our courtyard by the pool, or on the outside pavilion overlooking Walker Bay.

A mouthwatering spread of fresh fruit and freshly baked pastries are laid out each morning, together with cereals, a selection of local cheeses and cold cuts, and delicious Franschhoek Smoked Salmon Trout; while hot breakfast options are served à la carte.

Apart from serving as the breakfast room, The Pavilion also serves lunch and dinner daily.

Opening Times Breakfast served daily, from: 07h00 – 10h30 Lunch served daily, from: 12h00 – 14h30 Dinner served daily, from: 18h00 – 21h30

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The Sun Lounge & Bar

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Overlooking the incredible Walker Bay, The Sun Lounge & Bar at The Marine in Hermanus is the ideal spot to enjoy drinks and snacks while searching the waters for resident and visiting marine life.

The warm and inviting colour scheme here will not only tempts guests and visitors alike, but also provides a comfortable setting to while away a few hours.

The relaxed sophistication of The Sun Lounge is complemented by the wide variety of South African wines, sparkling wines, signature cocktails and delectable eats.

A visit to The Sun Lounge is ideal for afternoon tea or early-evening drinks, enjoyed with the views of the surrounding cliffs and bay.

Opening Times Daily: 11h00 – 23h30

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Famous for whale watching, beaches and nature, as well as its food and wine, Hermanus really is a destination that ticks all the boxes: its palpable history, thriving art scene, boutique shopping and busy programme of festivals, concerts and events.

The Marine has been a part of Hermanus’ history almost from the very beginning.

The hotel was first built in 1902, with a modest 21 rooms.

In its fledging years, Hermanus was a fishing village, and this heritage is still very much in evidence.

Spend a day uncovering the history of this beautiful coastal town.

Museums are all within easy walking distance of The Marine, so you can explore the town on foot at the same time.

The Old Harbour Museum is situated in the Old Harbour, at the centre of the town.

There, you’ll discover exhibits depicting the history of the fishing and whaling industry in the area, among many other fascinating displays.

In the Whale Museum there is a daily audiovisual presentation called The Whale Show, where you can go “below the surface” and enjoy an encounter with southern right whales.

Then go on a journey into the town’s past through a collection of sepia photographs portraying Hermanus from the time it was a quaint fishing village, at De Wet’s Photo Museum.

Hermanus also has a wealth of contemporary art galleries, and some must-visits include Abalone Art Gallery, Walker Bay Art Gallery, Rossouw Modern Art Gallery, Old Harbour Gallery and Lembu Studio and Gallery.

To see unique pieces by acclaimed African ceramists Ardmore, guests and locals alike can visit The Marine’s boutique to view some selected artworks.

For written masterpieces, Hemingway’s Bookshop in the centre of town is a treasure trove for bibliophiles, and specialises in Africana, antiquarian, collectables, and any unusual and often out-of-print books.

There are many events and festivals throughout the year.

Some highlights are the Hermanus Fynarts Festival, the Fernkloof Wildflower & Eco Fair and the famous Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival, which is held in celebration of our annual marine visitors, the southern right whales.

The whales stay for approximately six months of the year, and guests can enjoy the sight of them frolicking in Walker Bay from the comfort of their own suites, as well as along the cliff paths that meander in front of The Marine.

This special time can be enjoyed in a number of other ways, too, from boat-based tours to guided walks.

For an interactive experience, visitors should try Dave de Beer’s Whale Walk Tours, which encompass beautiful vantage points for whale watching, as well as insights about these marine creatures.

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The Overberg is an area of natural contrasts, from the deep green apple orchards of Elgin to the sweeping canola fields of Caledon, and the rugged mountainous coast of Hermanus, where marine life flourishes.

The natural surroundings are at once diverse and awe-inspiring – and lovers of the outdoors are spoilt for choice with activities.

Hermanus is synonymous with land-based whale watching, and guests of The Marine can enjoy this pastime from the comfort of their own suites, or on a cliff walk in front of the hotel.

Feeling a bit more adventurous?

Then take to the seas, with kayaking or boat tours that will take you right up close to the southern right whales.

Or get a bird’s-eye view of the gentle giants with a scenic flight over Walker Bay.

The southern right whale makes up part of the Marine Big 5!

The rich waters of Walker Bay teem with marine life, and a visit to The Marine means you can tick off the Big 5 during your stay.

Spy dolphins and seals frolicking in the water, go cage-diving to see great white sharks, and see the African penguin in its natural habitat with a tour at Stony Point.

Additionally, just below The Marine is Hermanus’ iconic marine tidal pool.

To access the seawater pool, simply walk down from the cliff path onto steps leading directly to it.

Offering fresh, bracing ocean water packed with micronutrients, as well as mesmerising views, it’s an experience the whole family can enjoy.

The beaches of Hermanus are white-sand playgrounds for avid swimmers, surfers and sunbathers.

There are a variety of inlets and coves, as well as secluded beaches against coastal cliffs; a must-visit is Grotto Beach, which has Blue Flag status.

There are also trails for horse riding on certain beaches, as well as within the area’s vineyards and orchards.

No trip to Hermanus is complete without a visit to Fernkloof Nature Reserve, unique in that it is the only such reserve with both coastal and mountain fynbos, and has the most species in close proximity.

Botanists and flower enthusiasts travel from far and wide to experience the magic of this place, and locals delight in the diverse beauty of their “backyard”.

Fernkloof is also popular with picnickers and hikers.

Do you relish the opportunity to practise your swing while on holiday?

Hermanus has an easily accessible golf course, in the most scenic of settings, and there are other courses in the region to explore.

The Overberg region is a birder’s paradise, too, offering twitchers the opportunity to identify endemic bird species in fynbos, coastal and wheat field habitats.

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Enjoy a once in a life time encounter with the peaceful giants of the sea, the Southern Right whale, by joining us on a fun filled whale watching cruise in Hermanus, South Africa, that will fill you with awe.

July to December, daily at 9am, 12pm or 3pm, weather dependent.

Mid December to mid January, we run a daily sun-downer cruise at 6pm.

Our beloved Southern Right Whale.

Watching these beautiful creatures in Hermanus, South Africa, is an absolute delight.

The total population numbers of the southern right whale are thought to be around ten thousand individuals.

By studying populations found in South Africa, South American, and Australian waters, it has been found that these populations do not interbreed often.

This is due to a mother’s choice to remain loyal to past breeding areas, and young females are able to choose this loyalty when they are able to breed.

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Explore the magic of our unique coastline with its abundant marine life up close and personal on one of our stable kayaks in the company of an experienced guide.

Glide across sparkling Hermanus water in a sea kayak while enjoying a view of the majestic mountain, sea cliffs and marine life.

Before your Hermanus kayaking trip, you will have a short enjoyable briefing on sea kayaking techniques and safety, whereafter we paddle from the historical Hermanus Old Harbour and do a 90 minute round trip.

The direction of your Hermanus Kayaking trip, dependant on winds, swells and paddling abilities.

A knowledgeable guide shall open up the wonders of the Hermanus ocean to you, as we explore the beautiful natural surroundings.

Our ecologically friendly operators strive to have as little impact on the environment, in which we operate our Hermanus Kayaking tours, as possible.

With minimal noise pollution and no environmental pollution they also do regular clean ups of any rubbish found in the Bay.

Don’t worry, that’s not what you will do.

Perception Tribe sea kayaks that are manufactured in the UK are used on top self-bailing, plastic sea kayaks.

In short this means that anyone, whether they have been sea kayaking before or not, can hop on and stay on.

The guides are qualified in marine guiding and first aid at sea, but more importantly they love this job and hold great knowledge of the sea.

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As we give you an adventure from the skies hanging over the African plains.

African Wings flying safaris is the brainchild of brothers Evan and Dave Austin.

We know how challenging it can be for some to take the time off from their lives to experience the wonders of the bush that’s why we have a variety of one-day trips.

From the migrating herds of Antelope to the giant whales of the open sea, all can be experienced through African Wings.

We cater for all tastes.

Our flights include breakfast, lunch and a game drive where you might be lucky enough to see the big five and other wild animals that roam these lands.

Before each safari, you will be advised on the relevant matters regarding health, local conditions, clothing requirements or discuss any special requirements you or your group may have.

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The Blue Flag Grotto Beach is well known for its massive stretch of stunning sandy beach and ocean.

It is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and boasts a view of the mountainous areas behind whilst still having a seemingly unending view of the beach.

This beach is perfect for swimming, suntanning, games and long, leisurely walks and with ample parking it is the ideal holiday point for many.

The beach itself stretches for almost 18 km, making the walk an exercise but an enjoyable one.

The beach starts at Grotto’s Blue Flag beach and ends at the seaside hamlet of De Kelders.

Also, because of the massive expanse of beach, during peak seasons there is no fear of being trodden on, having sand kicked onto you from a passing crowd or being hit by a volleyball from one of the many games played there.

The waves on Grotto Beach are great for the avid body boarder and the waters warm during the Summer months and, again, there is plenty of space for all of the holiday goers. There is also a park for children to busy themselves on, which is situated on the beach, near the parking lot.

It is as relaxing as it is beautiful and definitely deserves its Blue Flag status.

Also, for those who own pets, the beach is dog friendly, as long as the dogs are on leads and any and all waste matter is picked up by the owner.

The beach can be reached by driving through Hermanus and turning off onto the demarcated road to your right.

You will also find a fantastic little restaurant at Grotto that offers drinks, snacks and meals for the passers by or the evening relaxers.

Lifeguards are constantly on site during peak seasons and numerous educational and charity events happen during season.

These include Coastcare Working, environmental education for the viewers, coastal monitoring by schools and the Adopt-a-beach initiative.

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The horse trails in and around the area offer beautiful and scenic trails that give riders a chance to experience the Overberg on horseback.

Most of the service providers have horses for all riding levels – from novice to experienced – ensuring that the experience is enjoyable for everyone involved.

There is also a quick safety briefing and overview of horse riding so that riders know how to handle climbs and rough terrain descents.

The trails can take riders through mountain passes, vineyards and orchards, ending with a picnic beside a waterfall, or there are several coastal trails that trek along perfect sandy shores with the Kleinrivier Mountains as a backdrop during the trip.

For the less experienced riders (and younger children), there are shorter rides that encompass beautiful landscapes but have very easy-to-navigate trails.

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Hermanus, on the Cape South Coast, is a charming fishing village famous for the whales that come here annually to calve.

With its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it’s little wonder that Hermanus has grown in size and popularity during the last decade.

Visitors from near and far flock to the town to enjoy its many charms while local residents and homeowners savour the privilege of living in this unique region.

It is extremely popular with Capetonians as a weekend getaway and during the Christmas and Easter holidays the resident population swells dramatically.

Due to this influx, the Hermanus Golf Club has always experienced heavy traffic at certain times of the year.

Despite this, the club, blessed with a dedicated and professional management has over many years deservedly gained a reputation for excellent year round standards.

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Visitors to Hermanus are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to boating and river cruises.

Boat based whale watching trips take place during the whale season months of June to December; however this may vary depending on the arrival of the whales.

Whale watching boat trips depart from the New Harbour in Hermanus and 3 boat trips per day are usually available.

The duration of these trips are approximately 2 hours long, however the exact departure times need to be confirmed with the various operators when booking.

Other marine life that may be encountered en route include seals, penguins, marine birds, Southern Right whales, sometimes Bryde’s whales, dolphins and Humpback whales at certain times of the year.

Licensed operators and permit holders are only permitted to approach the whales up to 50m allowing the whales the freedom to move.

They are naturally curious and often approach the whaleboats to take a closer look.

Pre-booking is recommended and all boat trips are weather permitting. Bay Cruises and Sundowner Cruises are also available at certain times of the year.

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For those who love penguins, the breeding grounds of the African (or Jackass) Penguins at Stony Point is the perfect place to watch these adorable and somewhat comical birds in their natural habitat.

The wooden walkway winds its way around the edge of the breeding area, giving visitors a view of the rocky outcrops and swimming penguins on one side and the shrubbery and nests on the other.

The best time to view the penguins is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when they’re returning from their long fishing expeditions.

This area is one of only two shore-based breeding colonies in the country, with the other being at the Boulders Beach near Simonstown.

Along the coast at Stony Point, visitors will also be able to watch the endangered Whitebreasted, Black and Cape Cormorants that have made this area their home.

They are known to nest along the rocks, leaving the land to the penguins.

Although the breeding colony is now fenced off it can still be visited daily from 09h00 in the morning until 17h00 in the afternoon.

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The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens offers you 200ha of the finely bushed plants endemic to this area, known as fynbos, 190ha growing naturally and the rest cultivated.

These botanical gardens, located near Hermanus, lie within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, South Africa’s first UNESCO-proclaimed biosphere reserve.

The vivid Disa uniflora is one of many rare plants featured in these gardens, and to experience it when it is in bloom, make sure you visit the gardens between December and January.

You should also not miss South Africa’s national flower, the King protea, which blooms in spring.

There are over 100 species of birds to be spotted in these botanical gardens, including colourful sunbirds, rare Protea seedeaters, Verreaux’s eagles and Jackal buzzards.

Also look out for the resident mongooses, baboons, genets and porcupines.

Venture along the many natural trails that snake across the gardens for beautiful displays of Cape fynbos, and enjoy the experience against the backdrop of the area’s majestic mountains.

Listen to the grunting calls of baboons and watch them play, jumping from tree to tree and basking in this pristine natural setting.

Summertime will welcome you with open-air concerts at sunset, so make sure you join in the celebrations.

Don’t forget to visit the garden’s small but excellent art gallery and then wrap up your visit with a meal at the restaurant or stretch out on the lush grass for a picnic.

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Old Harbour Museum The Museum in the Old Harbour contains several exhibits depicting the history of the fishing and whaling industry in the area.

Talks by local experts on the inter-tidal zone are held on request and provide fascinating information about the mysteries that abound on the shoreline.

The museum’s staff update the history of Hermanus on an ongoing basis so anyone researching information on historical buildings or old local families, has easy access to it.

Funds for the museum are always needed and anyone who wishes to donate will automatically become a friend of the Old Harbour Museum.

The telescope next to the war memorial cannons above the Old Harbour was donated to the town by the Rotary Club and a few coins can buy time to watch the whales frolicking in the middle of the bay.

Many guided tours and walks start from this spot.

Whale Museum Daily at 10:00 and 15:00 an audio-visual presentation is given at the Whale Museum, where one is taken below the surface to a face-to-face encounter with the visiting Southern Right whales.

De Wet’s Photo Museum This picturesque and historic cottage was once the school house situated near the Dutch Reformed church in Westcliff.

It was dismantled brick by numbered brick and painstakingly re-erected on Lemm’s Corner in 1986.

The sepia-coloured photographic exhibition it houses takes one on a journey through time to when Hermanus was a quaint fishing village.

Hermanus Story Walk Guided walking tours can be take through the once quaint village where the history of Hermanus unfolds itself as one discovers the fresh water spring which was named after the shepherd, Hermanus Pieters, where Hermanus originally got its name, Hermanuspietersfontein, to the Old Harbour, the Burgundy Restaurant (our only registered national monument) to the old school house and fishermen’s cottages on the seafront among many other interesting buildings.

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Local galleries are filled with local art and some artists display their work at local flea and craft markets.

The area does not only abound with painters but also with writers, ceramicists, architects, sculptors and glassblowers.

Hermanus also has an active Art Society.

Amble through the art galleries in Hermanus and view Oil paintings, prints, watercolours, wooden sculptures and much more with well-known artists such as Hennie Niemann, Shelley-Adams, and Terry Kobus to mention but a few.

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Dust off the binoculars and enjoy the natural birdlife from Bird Hide on Klein River Lagoon further bird watching can also be done on Onrus Salt Pan.

Birdwatching is a popular activity in all areas of South Africa, and birdwatching tours are offered in most areas.

Enjoy Birding in and around Hermanus.

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Hermanus, Cape Town and Madikwe Game Reserve

13 Days - 12 Nights

A trip to Cape Town and Hermanus is a bucketlist experience in itself, add on a safari in the Madikwe Game Reserve just tops it off nicely. 

Ideally this trip should be experienced from July to November when the whales are in the Atlantic ocean along the coast line of Hermanus. September is our favourite time as the whales are often calving at this time and there is a hive of activity in the sea. September is also a good time for safari as it is dry in the north and the game in the Madikwe Game Reserve gather around the waterholes.

Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large numbers of tourists flock to this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle.

Madikwe Game Reserve

The Madikwe Game Reserve is the newest of South Africa’s prime safari destinations. A public-private partnership resulted in the creation of this Big Five game reserve on almost worthless cattle farms and today it is home to 66 mammal species.

Outline Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Travelling

Take flight overnight flight to Cape Town.

Days 2-3 - Hermanus

Staying at: Harbour House Hotel

After collecting your luggage and clearing immigration, you will be met in the arrivals hall and shown to the car hire depot. Make your way to Hermanus, just about an hour and 30 minutes from Cape Town Airport. 

On your free day in Hermanus we highly recommend a boat trip out with Marine Dynamics. If the whales are in the bay, they will find them - the experience is terrific! When viewing whales from the boat you realise the enormity of these magnificent creatures and how silently they can appear as they sometimes approach the boat. Whale watching in Hermanus is also very good from the shoreline and during the peak season the Whale Cryer will blow his horn indicating that there are whales nearby. Consider yourself an expert photographer if you are able to secure a photo of a whale breaching from the sea!

Day 4-8 - Cape Town

Staying at: Table Bay Hotel

Leaving Hermanus behind today make your way to Cape Town and check in to your hotel situated on the vibrant V&A Waterfront. The are lots of amazing places to visit from Cape Town; Table Mountain (take the cable car up as soon as you can because the table cloth of cloud can come down at any time and make a visit not possible), Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach to see the penguins and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden where summer concerts often happen. These are just a few of our favourites and there are many more to choose from.  

Days 9-11 - Madikwe Game Reserve

Staying at: Tuningi Safari Lodge

After breakfast, return your hire car to Cape Town Airport and take the flight to Johannesburg. After collecting your luggage you will be transferred by road to the Madikwe Game Reserve. The drive from Johannesburg Airport to the Madikwe Game Reserve will take around 4-5 hours so if you'd prefer to fly this is also an option. The Madikwe Game Reserve offers malaria free option for safaris and it is an amazing place to spot great game such as lion, elephant, giraffe, the elusive leopard if you are very lucky and packs of wild dog would be a real treat. The wildlife gathers around the various waterholes and sometimes conflict occurs, we've seen a big bull elephant seeing off a lion at the waterhole - very exciting viewing as they bound around your vehicle! The birdlife is prolific in the Madikwe Game Reserve and it wouldn't be unusual for you to see lilac breasted rollers, yellow hornbills (in great numbers), fish eagles and if you are very lucky a secretary bird.

Day 12  - Departure

After your final game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Sixteen Guesthouse on Main

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Auberge Burgundy Guest House

Experience the enchanting allure of the Auberge Burgundy, nestled above the idyllic Old Harbour in the heart of historic Hermanus. This delightful...

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Little Haven 10 & 12

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Welcome to The Nantucket, a charming Bed and Breakfast nestled against the Olifantsberg mountain range in the picturesque Voelklip, Hermanus. Located in...

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Kennedy's Beach Villa: Embrace Absolute Privacy, Luxury, and an Organic LifestyleIndulge in the breathtaking beauty of Kennedy's Beach Villa, nestled on...

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Ocean Edge Apartments

Welcome to Ocean Edge Apartments, perfectly located in the prestigious Whale Rock Estate of Hermanus. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of our coastal...

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Hermanus is a gem!

Hermanus was my home for 7 years and remains my favorite place in the world. I return to Hermanus from the UK at least once a year and am so blessed to have opportunities to do so.I can certainly reco... see more

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Ocean Eleven Hermanus Location: Walker Bay, South Africa No of rooms: 3 x Standard rooms, 5 x Deluxe rooms and 2 x Suites One Stop Reason To Go: The colonial style luxury takes your breath away. What’s the difference: Home from home, just heavenly. With views of this dramatic coastline the clean white rooms simply make you want to relax. The Luxury Safari Company Award for: Most peaceful property in Hermanus.

We LOVE Ocean Eleven so please do not hesitate to get in touch – we’d love everyone to visit this lovely hotel so always offer discounts.

The Ocean Eleven Guest House is found in the quaint coastal town of Hermanus on Walker Bay. Ocean Eleven offers guests luxury accommodation in Hermanus right on the cliff paths overlooking the ocean. The colonial style luxury guesthouse exudes the grace and style befitting a destination, which has the reputation of being the “Riviera of the South.”

Situated on the ground floor of Ocean Eleven, are the three standard rooms, two of which are in the original house, and therefore have the original floors, high ceilings and windows that open out onto the garden. The third room, adjacent to the swimming pool, features French doors leading out onto the deck and all three provide en-suite accommodation with a shower. There are a wide variety of deluxe rooms, three of which are situated near the pool – either upstairs or on the ground level. The fourth room has a separate entrance and its own balcony and the fifth, situated in the old house has the original floors, a walk-in dressing room and French doors opening onto the garden. All Deluxe rooms are en-suite with a bath and shower. The two suites on offer are situated loft-style in the old roof of the house and are spacious, air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms with a bath and shower. The first is the Honeymoon Suite for newlyweds, while the second includes a sleeper couch that can accommodate a third person for Bed & Breakfast at an additional fee.

When visiting Hermanus, a host of adventures await you, from sea kayaking and paragliding to great white shark diving. The Hermanus Golf Club offers world class golfing and if this is not enough the famous Arabella Golf Course is but minutes away. The pristine beaches, charming village shops, variety of restaurants, cliff paths and nature reserve, are all nestled between an incandescent mountain range and the spectacular Atlantic Ocean. But it’s the infamous ‘champagne air’, which is believed to have restorative qualities mean many travel to this coastal town for recuperation and wellness.  Ocean Eleven Guest House ticks all the boxes to make Hermanus the perfect destination for a coastal holiday.

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The Ultimate South Africa Bucket List: 20 Epic Things To Do From a Local

Posted: September 9, 2023 | Last updated: September 9, 2023

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You might have heard about the bad and the ugly of South Africa, but I am here to tell you that the good outweighs it all. 

This country is a wanderlust dream, from the most glorious sunshiney days year-round to the weird and superb cuisine and once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures. I’m a local, and here are the best things to do in South Africa when you visit.

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1. Kruger National Park

If you’re in Africa, you need to go on a safari . There is nothing quite like falling asleep to the sound of lions roaring, turning the car off to wait for an elephant to cross the road, or seeing the immensity of a hippo’s mouth when he yawns. 

<p>Step into another part of the world when visiting Franschhoek in the Western Cape. This gorgeous town has tree-lined streets, incredible mountain views, and a delectable culinary scene. </p>

2. Franschhoek

Step into another part of the world when visiting Franschhoek in the Western Cape. This gorgeous town has tree-lined streets, incredible mountain views, and a delectable culinary scene. 

<p>Only some people know this, but Tugela Falls was declared the world’s tallest waterfall in 2021. For the hikers and adventurers, the 7.5-mile roundtrip hike includes chain ladders. The views are worth all the huffing and puffing. </p>

3. Tugela Falls

Only some people know this, but Tugela Falls was declared the world’s tallest waterfall in 2021. For the hikers and adventurers, the 7.5-mile roundtrip hike includes chain ladders. The views are worth all the huffing and puffing. 

<p>A feast for the eyes if there ever was one. The Panorama Route in Mpumalanga and Limpopo takes you to waterfalls, forests, weird rock formations, and the second-largest canyon in the world — Blyde River Canyon.</p>

4. Panorama Route

A feast for the eyes if there ever was one. The Panorama Route in Mpumalanga and Limpopo takes you to waterfalls, forests, weird rock formations, and the second-largest canyon in the world — Blyde River Canyon.

<p>Hang out with the African penguins on Boulders Beach just past Simon’s Town. The beach is protected by granite boulders, making it perfect for a day by the sea, and you’ll be able to see the tuxedo-ed, waddling birds if you walk along the boardwalks provided.</p>

5. Boulders Beach

Hang out with the African penguins on Boulders Beach just past Simon’s Town. The beach is protected by granite boulders, making it perfect for a day by the sea, and you’ll be able to see the tuxedo-ed, waddling birds if you walk along the boardwalks provided.

<p>Another safari destination is the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape, which offers one of the world’s best elephant-viewing experiences. The park is also home to the rest of the “Big 5,” so you’ll have the chance to spot more than elephants. </p>

6. Addo Elephant National Park

Another safari destination is the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape, which offers one of the world’s best elephant-viewing experiences. The park is also home to the rest of the “Big 5,” so you’ll have the chance to spot more than elephants. 

<p>When you think of South Africa, you immediately think of wildlife and Table Mountain. This iconic natural phenomenon is beautiful and a perfect vantage point for a bird’s-eye-view of Cape Town. Take the aerial cableway to the top of the mountain on a clever morning for a spectacular sight. </p>

7. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

When you think of South Africa, you immediately think of wildlife and Table Mountain. This iconic natural phenomenon is beautiful and a perfect vantage point for a bird’s-eye-view of Cape Town. Take the aerial cableway to the top of the mountain on a clever morning for a spectacular sight. 

<p>Most people visit Tsitsikamma National Park to walk along the suspension bridges and see the Storms River Mouth. However, you’ll find clear blue, hidden beaches, and a lovely coastal area that will elevate your visit to this national park to the next level. </p>

8. Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridge

Most people visit Tsitsikamma National Park to walk along the suspension bridges and see the Storms River Mouth. However, you’ll find clear blue, hidden beaches, and a lovely coastal area that will elevate your visit to this national park to the next level. 

<p>While in Tsitsikamma, consider taking the Garden Route. This 186-mile road takes you past some of the most breathtaking scenery you will ever see of mountain passes, seascapes, diverse ecosystems, and quaint coastal towns.</p>

9. Garden Route

While in Tsitsikamma, consider taking the Garden Route. This 186-mile road takes you past some of the most breathtaking scenery you will ever see of mountain passes, seascapes, diverse ecosystems, and quaint coastal towns.

<p>Known as “the jewel of the Garden Route,” this town is situated on the banks of the Knysna estuary and is loved for its incredible seafood, bathing beaches, forest hikes, and the two islands that comprise the town. </p>

10. Estuary Cruise in Knysna

Known as “the jewel of the Garden Route,” this town is situated on the banks of the Knysna estuary and is loved for its incredible seafood, bathing beaches, forest hikes, and the two islands that comprise the town. 

<p>The Isimangaliso Wetland Park is a <a href="https://thehappinessfxn.com/incredible-unesco-world-heritage-sites/" rel="noopener">UNESCO World Heritage Park</a> that stretches along the north coast of South Africa. Take an estuary cruise to see hippos wading in the water and crocodiles sunning themselves along the shore, or try out a game drive to see the land inhabitants like buffalo, elephants, rhinos, and maybe even the elusive leopard. </p>

11. Isimangaliso Wetland Park

The Isimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Park that stretches along the north coast of South Africa. Take an estuary cruise to see hippos wading in the water and crocodiles sunning themselves along the shore, or try out a game drive to see the land inhabitants like buffalo, elephants, rhinos, and maybe even the elusive leopard. 

<p>Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a traveler looking for a good time, a trip to the Cape Winelands is well worth your time. There are wine trams that take you to the vineyards, and the mountainous terrain you drive through is a bonus.</p>

12. Cape Winelands

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a traveler looking for a good time, a trip to the Cape Winelands is well worth your time. There are wine trams that take you to the vineyards, and the mountainous terrain you drive through is a bonus.

<p>The iconic “longest wine route in the world” takes you from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, past several wine regions, mountainscapes, gorgeous old towns, and natural attractions. Blare some good music, capture footage of the landscape rolling past your window, and enjoy the beauty of Route 62.</p>

13. Route 62

The iconic “longest wine route in the world” takes you from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, past several wine regions, mountainscapes, gorgeous old towns, and natural attractions. Blare some good music, capture footage of the landscape rolling past your window, and enjoy the beauty of Route 62.

<p>The Valley of Desolation is not on many people’s radars, locals or tourists, but it should be. Just outside one of South Africa’s oldest towns is the Camdeboo National Park, a beautiful wildlife reserve with hiking trails, picnic sites, and the Valley of Desolation. The valley has dramatic rock formations that reach 394 feet from the valley floor.</p>

14. Valley of Desolation

The Valley of Desolation is not on many people’s radars, locals or tourists, but it should be. Just outside one of South Africa’s oldest towns is the Camdeboo National Park, a beautiful wildlife reserve with hiking trails, picnic sites, and the Valley of Desolation. The valley has dramatic rock formations that reach 394 feet from the valley floor.

<p>The Cradle of Humankind, just outside of Johannesburg, is a <a href="https://thehappinessfxn.com/unesco-sites-in-usa/" rel="noopener">UNESCO World Heritage Site</a>. The discovery of some of the oldest human fossils makes the Cradle of Human Kind one of the most significant paleoanthropological regions.</p>

15. Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind, just outside of Johannesburg, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The discovery of some of the oldest human fossils makes the Cradle of Human Kind one of the most significant paleoanthropological regions.

<p>Hermanus is a bustling coastal town with long coastal boardwalks where people often catch glimpses of the whales that swim past. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants on a whale-watching tour boat in Hermanus.</p>

16. Whale Watching in Hermanus

Hermanus is a bustling coastal town with long coastal boardwalks where people often catch glimpses of the whales that swim past. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants on a whale-watching tour boat in Hermanus.

<p>This glorious Drakensberg region caters to those looking for a relaxing getaway, a cultural experience, or an adventure. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a majestic mountain range home to a diverse ecosystem.</p><p>Climb mountains, cool off in natural rock pools, stay cozy in a “berg cottage” while the sun sets behind the mountains, or learn more about South Africa’s rich cultural heritage on your visit to the Drakensberg.</p>

17. Drakensberg

This glorious Drakensberg region caters to those looking for a relaxing getaway, a cultural experience, or an adventure. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a majestic mountain range home to a diverse ecosystem.

Climb mountains, cool off in natural rock pools, stay cozy in a “berg cottage” while the sun sets behind the mountains, or learn more about South Africa’s rich cultural heritage on your visit to the Drakensberg.

<p>Consider a visit to Robben Island to learn more about South African history. The island was used as a prison for political activists during the Apartheid era, one of its inhabitants being Nelson Mandela. Guided tours offer insight into the lives of the prisoners on the island. </p>

18. Robben Island

Consider a visit to Robben Island to learn more about South African history. The island was used as a prison for political activists during the Apartheid era, one of its inhabitants being Nelson Mandela. Guided tours offer insight into the lives of the prisoners on the island. 

<p>The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (a Peace Park) spans over the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa. Large herds of gemsbok, springbok, and wildebeest wander across the arid desert, and leopards, cheetahs, and lions can also be seen in the park. When you’re not looking for wildlife, enjoy the scenery of sizeable red sand dunes and grasslands that stretch for miles.</p>

19. Kgalagadi

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (a Peace Park) spans over the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa. Large herds of gemsbok, springbok, and wildebeest wander across the arid desert, and leopards, cheetahs, and lions can also be seen in the park. When you’re not looking for wildlife, enjoy the scenery of sizeable red sand dunes and grasslands that stretch for miles.

<p>The Cederberg is another adventurer’s paradise. Hike to the Wolfberg Arch and soak in uninterrupted views of the Milky Way. The unique rock formations and San rock art make this region of the Western Cape a popular destination for locals and tourists. </p><p>Have fun visiting this incredible country — a place I call home.</p><p><strong>More Articles From The Happiness Function:</strong></p><ul> <li><a href="https://thehappinessfxn.com/best-places-to-see-the-northern-lights/">15 Bucket List Hot Spots To See the Northern Lights Starting in September</a></li> <li><a href="https://thehappinessfxn.com/best-all-inclusive-resorts-near-playa-del-carmen/">Perfect Winter Escapes: 10 Dreamy All-Inclusive Resorts Near Playa del Carmen</a></li> </ul>

20. Cape Cederberg

The Cederberg is another adventurer’s paradise. Hike to the Wolfberg Arch and soak in uninterrupted views of the Milky Way. The unique rock formations and San rock art make this region of the Western Cape a popular destination for locals and tourists. 

Have fun visiting this incredible country — a place I call home.

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