|Hermanus Tour -
This tour is especially recommended when Southern Right Whales calve off
the Hermanus coast (July to December). It is best to get an early start to make
the most of the day.
Depart from the hotel and travel along the N2 highway, past the airport and
continue until you reach the exit for the R44. Turn off the freeway and right
towards Strand/ Gordon's Bay. You are now heading south toward the coast. When
you reach the beachfront you may wish to stop and enjoy the magnificent beach.
Continue along the coast into Gordon's Bay (you may wish to stop in the
harbour). The road continues south along the coast on the Faure Marine (R44) /
Clarence Drive. This is a truly magnificent road -with views across False Bay
to the Cape Peninsula.
Follow the coast around - take some time to explore the villages along the way,
such as Pringle Bay, and visit the Harold Porter Botanic Garden in
Betty's Bay (on the left of the road). Continue through Kleinmond. After
a while you will come to the junction with the R43 - follow the signs to
Hermanus. You will soon cross the Bot River. Follow the R43 on to Hermanus.
Option If you are a wine fundi look for a road to the left signed
R320 to Caledon just before Hermanus. A few kilometres along this road you will
find the famous Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson estates. Then
retrace your steps.
Once in Hermanus follow the main road until you see the Marine Hotel on the
right - turn right here and park. There are various places for lunch. After
lunch wander along the cliff path, enjoying the magnificent views and, of
course, spot whales playing off the coast. You will also find the popular
Option If you wish to drive a little further, carry on through
the town on Main Road and the suburb of Voelklip (you may wish to take
any right turn down to its fine beach) and in due course you will come to a
Mid-afternoon return to Cape Town. Retrace your route back along Main Road, out
of Hermanus on the R43, past Onrus and Hawston and once again over the Bot
River. But do not turn toward Kleinmond, rather continue along the R43,
following the signs to Cape Town via the N2.
You will climb the magnificent Houhoek pass. Soon you will be travelling
through the famous Cape apple growing districts of Elgin and Grabouw.
Stop at one of the farmstalls along the way. Stop in the car park at the head
of Sir Lowry's Pass (it is on the bend) for a wonderful view of the Cape Flats
and Table Mountain. Now continue down the pass and all the way back to Cape
Town on the N2.
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