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Shark cage diving and Whale Watching in Hermanus, South Africa – Part 2

Hermanus which was actually called Hermanuspietersfontein is located on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Around the Town

• The hinterland beyond the town is largely wild and mountainous.
• Many remote areas of hills and wild ravines covered in prestine Cape ‘Fynbos’ are also present.
• The rising thermals rising around the rugged heights of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve attract paragliders all over the world.

Craft Markets
• Various art, food and craft markets are held in and around Hermanus every weekend.
• The Lemm’s Corner Market is in the center of the town.
• Here one can buy anything from clothes, art and food.
• The Food & Wine Market is at Hermanuspietersfontein which is in the Hemel-en-Aarde Village.
• The Hermanus Country Market is located at the cricket fields.
Things to do:
– Go on a boat tour to see whales.

Great White Shark Tours
– Kleinbaai
– Follow the road through Hermanus to Gansbaai, turn right into Kleinbaai.
– The house is on the hill overlooking the harbor
– Ph: +27(0)833002138
– Time : 8:00-18:00
– Come and join Brian McFarlane on his boat – Apex Predator.
– One can have a face to face experience with the great white shark.
– They offer cage diving with no previous experience needed.
– They also offer surface viewing in the area surrounding Dyer Island.
– This is host to one of the densest populations of great white sharks in the world.
– One can see great white sharks, penguins, dolphins, whales, seals.
– One can also watch a variety of marine birds.
– R1250

Southern Right Charters
– Whale Watching Hermanus
– info@southernrightcharters.co.za
– Ph: +27(0)82 353 0550
– Offers boat based whale watching in Walker Bay.
– There are daily departures from June to December.
– Encounter the southern right whales, seals, penguins and marine birds.
– One can see dolphins, bryde’s and humpback whales.

Percy Tours
– Ph: +27 (0)72-062-8500
– Percy Tours offer designer tours of Hermanus, Cape Town and the Western Cape. They offer:
• Wine Tours
• Safaris
• Whale Watching
• Great White Shark cage diving
• Airport transfers
• Quad Biking
• Cessna plane flights over the whales
• Kayaking with the whales

Hermanus Wine Tours
– Ph: +27(0) 72 062 8500
– The Hermanus Wine region has over 70 wineries.
– There are over 250 awarding wines for sample.
– There are many restaurants all set in scenic mountain views.
– Hermanus Wine Tours are conducted by a registered Cape Academy Wine Tour Guide.
– http://www.hermanuswinetours.com/

Hermanus Activities, Tours and Adventures
– Ph: +27 (0) 72-062-8500
– Hermanus offers you 100s of amazing activities and things to see and do.
– http://www.hermanusactivities.net/

Other attractions of Western Cape

Points of interest
• Cape Town
• Stellenbosch
• Paarl
• George – gateway to the Garden Route
• Knysna – a beautiful city in the Garden Route
• Mossel Bay – has stunning beaches
• Oudtshoorn – the ostrich capital of the country, near the Cango Caves

Other Destinations

• Cape Agulhas – the southernmost point of Africa
• Gansbaai – on the majestic Walker Bay with floral abundance.
• Montagu – a small town in the little (Klein) Karoo
• Swellendam – one of the oldest European settlements in South Africa
• Yzerfontein – Spring flowers, whales, a sixteen mile beach
• Wupperthal – A tiny beautiful village near the Cederberg Wilderness area
• Paternoster – A tiny fishing village on the West Coast
• Storms River- Near the Tsitsikamma National Park

National Parks
• Knysna Lake Area
• Wilderness National Park
• West Coast National Park
• Agulhas National Park
• Tankwa Karoo National Park
• Table Mountain National Park
• Garden Route National Park
• Tsitsikamma National Park
• Karoo National Park

Other Nature Reserves
• Cederberg Wilderness Area
• De Hoop Nature Reserve
• Great Winterhoek Wilderness Area
• Knysna Elephant Park

• Dassen Island – 10 km west of Yzerfontein
• Robben Island – in Table Bay

Things to do
• Buzzing night-life in Cape Town
• Wonderful beaches
• Visit to the Cape of Good Hope
• Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach
• Wine tasting in Paarl or Franschhoek or Robertson, Swartland and Overberg
• Trip along the Garden Route
• Hiking trails
• Largest permanent hedge maze in the world
• A philosophers garden
• Unique succulent gardens with the oldest cactus -anno 1910- of South Africa.
• Arrangies Kop
• Die Vrolijkheid
• Rock Climbing
• Scuba diving
• Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay
• Diving Hermanus
• Diving Agulhas and Struisbaai
• Diving Mossel Bay
• Diving Plettenberg Bay

Activities of the park
• Hiking
• Overnight Trails
• Fishing/extractive diving
• Dog Walking
• Free Guided Walks at Cape Point
• Scuba Diving
• Mountain Biking
• Surfing/Wind Surfing
• Rock/Sport Climbing
• Picnic and Braai areas
• Hang/Paragliding
• Horse Riding

Best time to visit/climate

• The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate.
• It has cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms.
• The Garden Route and the Overberg on the south coast have a maritime climate.
• It has cool, moist winters and mild, moist summers.
• Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is considered to have the second mildest climate worldwide.
• This is after Hawaii.
• Thunderstorms are generally rare in the province.
• Extremes of heat and cold are common inland, but rare near the coast.
• Snow is a common winter occurrence on the higher lying ground.
• Frost is relatively rare in coastal areas and many of the heavily cultivated valleys.
• Cape Town International Airport averages: January maximum: 26 °C (min: 16 °C), July maximum: 18 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 515mm
• Kirstenbosch, Cape Town annual rainfall: 1395mm
• George averages: January maximum: 25 °C (min: 15 °C), July maximum: 19 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 715mm
• Marion Island (Prince Edward Group) averages: January maximum: 10 °C (min: 5 °C), July maximum: 6 °C (min: 1 °C), annual rainfall: 2401mm

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

To reach Hermanus
Follow the N2 eastwards from Cape Town or westwards when coming from George and leave it near Caledon.

To reach Western Cape
By Plane
• Cape Town’s international airport is the country’s second largest after Johannesburg.
• There is also an airport in George which offers connections to most major cities in South Africa.

By Train
Spoornet operates regular inter-city trains from Cape Town to:
• Johannesburg
• Worcester
• Beaufort West
• Durban
• Kimberley
• Bloemfontein
• Pietermaritzburg
• East London
MetroRail operates frequent commuter trains to towns and suburbs near Cape Town, such as:
• Simon’s Town
• Bellville
• Malmesbury
• Somerset West
• Stellenbosch
• Strand
• Worcester
• Paarl

By Car
The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.

By Bus
Greyhound offers a plethora of inter-city routes nation-wide.

How to Get around?

By Bus
The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape as does the Baz Bus.

By Car
Car rental is available in Cape Town and in the larger towns.

Some Travel Books on South Africa

South Africa South Africa – Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at cape.hotelguide.co.za
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at hotelclub.com

Blogs / Sites about Shark cage diving and Whale Watching in Hermanus

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at hermanus.co.za
blogs at sa-venues.com
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos about Shark cage diving and Whale Watching in Hermanus

images at hermanus.co.za
images at wikipedia.org
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