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  • Writer's pictureSahara Down

Hermanus - The Whale (and wine) Haven

Are you looking for a quick escape from the city bustle of Cape Town? Look no further, as we have the perfect one-day road trip planned for you! Take a nostalgic drive along winding roads to the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus. Today's itinerary promises you an adventure filled with stunning views, fantastic food, and fascinating places.

Start your journey early so you can make the most of your one-day trip. Begin by taking in the beauty of the False Bay coastline along the scenic route. Indulge in the breathtaking views of the ocean on one side and towering mountains on the other. As you approach Hermanus, make sure to keep an eye out for schools of dolphins and whales, as the area is famous for its marine life.

Stop 1: Breakfast in Gordon's Bay

Kick-off your road trip with breakfast at The Thirsty Oyster Tavern in Gordon's Bay. The relaxed ambiance of this eatery makes it the perfect spot to start your adventure. Their varied breakfast menu offers something for everyone, from continental options, to hearty breakfasts with all the trimmings. If you're feeling indulgent, their pancakes with bacon and maple syrup are a must-try!

Stop 2: Wine tasting in Hermanus

Hermanus is renowned for its vineyards, so no trip is complete without a wine tasting experience. Head over to Hamilton Russell Vineyards to sample their award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Relax in their luxurious tasting room, surrounded by fragrant vineyards and breathtaking vistas.

Stop 3: Lunch at Bientang's Cave

What better way to soak up South Africa's stunning coastline than by dining at a restaurant seemingly carved into the cliffs. Bientang's Cave offers visitors the ultimate seaside dining experience with their menu of fresh seafood and sprawling panoramic views of the ocean. Try the seafood platter and sip on a crisp glass of wine to compliment the flavors of the ocean. The restaurant overlooks Walker Bay, which is renowned for whale watching from June until December.

Stop 4: Coastal hike

After lunch, take a leisurely stroll along the famous cliff paths of Hermanus. Wrap up warm and enjoy the dramatic views of the rugged coastline, and the animals that frequent the area - if you're lucky you might spot whales frolicking in the bay.

Stop 5: Visit the penguins at Stony Point

Venture a little further along the coast to the penguin colony at Stony Point. This breeding colony is an important conservation area providing a home for the iconic African Penguin. Watch them waddle and glide on the sandy shores, and perhaps have a picnic amidst the stunning fynbos and its vibrant flora.

Stop 6: Sunset drinks at The Marine Hotel

As the sun begins to set over the ocean, head back to Hermanus to end the day in style at The Marine Hotel. Here you can sit back and relax with a glass of champagne while the sky turns a beautiful shade of pink and purple. Admire the ocean views and take a moment to reflect on the beauty of the surrounding area and your lovely day out.

In conclusion, a road trip from Cape Town to Hermanus is a perfect day trip for nature lovers, wine enthusiasts, and foodies alike. With its astounding landscapes, flavorsome eats, and unforgettable experiences, we guarantee you'll never forget this lovely coastal town.


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