The Hermanus Cliff Path is located in a town famous for its fresh air, long stretches of beach, mild climate, fynbos and the best shore-based whale watching on earth. Enjoy a walk, whale watching and wildflowers as you stroll along the cliffs!

The Cliff Path provides some of the best land-based whale watching worldwide to spot southern right whale pods breaching and frolicking during whale season, from June to November. The life cycle of the humpback and southern right whales leads them north, up the southern South African coastline to Hermanus where they calve, well within reach of the shoreline and the cliff paths.

The cliffs provide a popular walking trail, visitors can choose to walk a section of the scenic path or stretch their legs over the full distance. The path runs approximately 12 kilometers along the rugged shoreline, from the New Harbour to the famous Grotto Beach. Visitors can take a leisurely hike along the clearly marked and well-kept paths stopping at leisure to enjoy the many beaches along the path, the crashing waves below and the panoramic views. Birdlife and wildlife (such as mongoose) are abundant as the paths are protected within the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. The trail is also lined with a rich variety of fragrant fynbos and when the flowers are out there is an array of bright colours on display. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing picnic on one of the benches along the route, offering the perfect relaxation spot and whale watching spot! Certain parts of the path are also wheelchair accessible, especially the pathway in front of the Village Square Shopping Centre running through to the Marine Hotel.

The famous Whale Crier of Hermanus, who can be identified by the whale-tail feather in his cap and the mournful echo of his kelp horn, adds to the charm of this beautiful cliff walk. The Whale Crier walks along the pathways daily and signals that whales have arrived in the bay.

If you would like more information or sample packages showing how a the Hermanus Whale Walk can be incorporated into a package or if you would like to experience this unique walk, please contact us for more information.


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