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Located approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes from Cape Town, Hermanus is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Western Cape. It is best known as a whale-watching destination, and for its beautiful beaches and leisure opportunities.
Hermanus is renowned for being the best land-based whale-watching spot on the globe. Each year in spring (October), when the whales are at their most profuse, there is a Whale Festival in town, with numerous stalls selling a variety of goods, and a ‘whale-crier’ who informs the town where the whales have been sighted.
The old harbour has been converted into a museum featuring exhibits in old fishermen’s cottages and is well worth visiting. The museum focuses on the marine environment and the whales in particular, and there is a telescope that allows a closer look at the whales in the bay, and even a sonar buoy that emits whale sounds.
In recent years this up-market town has seen rapid development, however zealous town planning has helped retain its charm and there are few high-rises or tacky hotels, with most accommodation reserved for private homes and guesthouses. The fact that the town is sandwhiched between ocean and mountains means it has an exclusive feel to it. One of the best ways to appreciate the towns beauty is to follow the cliff path from the town centre, out to the suburb of voelklip, which helps you discover the many small private beaches hidden along the cliff’s edge.
The Walker Bay Nature Reserve, stretching along the coast for 12kms, is another of Hermanus’ highlights. It features ‘Die Plaat’, a 10-mile beach where walking, horseback riding and fishing are popular pursuits, and the attractive beaches of Voelklip and Grotto, where locals and visitors gather to enjoy the sea, sun and surf. Fernkloof Nature Reserve, located in the mountains that form the town’s backdrop, is home to abundant wildlife and indigenous ‘fynbos’ flora, and features a network of scenic hiking trails. In fact it has one of the world’s highest densities of plant species in one single area.
Nearby Onrus is smaller and more intimate than Hermanus, and features a lagoon and an attractive beach. Farther south, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Gordon’s Bay are picturesque villages with pristine beaches and bays where swimming, fishing and diving can be enjoyed.
To reach Hermanus by car, take the N2 highway from Cape Town and the R43 from Bot River. Buses are available from Cape Town. The nearest international airport is at Cape Town, a 90 minute drive away over the stunning Houw Hoek Pass.
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To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).