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Hermanus Tour - full itinerary

Scenery and Whales

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 Harbour Museum.

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 large lagoon.

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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