Hermanus Tourist Attractions

Hermanus is a popular holiday resort on the Atlantic, 120km/75mi east of Cape Town. During the main season (December and January) the population of the town is doubled by an influx of holidaymakers and it is practically impossible to find a room free.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

On the northeastern outskirts of Hermanus, centered on the Mossel River, is Fernkloof Nature Reserve (area 1,446ha/3,572ac), which also takes in the Platberg, a hill to the north. Ranging in height between 63m/207ft and 842m/2,763ft, the reserve presents an interesting cross-section of the different types of fynbos vegetation and protea species. There are over 40 different Erica species, offering a succession of flower throughout the year. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded here, including a pair of crowned eagles which bred in the reserve. The visitor center, 500m/550yd from the entrance to the reserve, is the starting-point of a 40km/25mi long hiking trail running through the whole of the reserve (picnic areas).

Old Harbor Museum

The Old Harbour Museum has a large collection of material on the history of fishing and whaling in Hermanus, as well as a number of old fishing boats (restored) in use between 1855 and 1961.
The museum also has a collection of photographs, housed in the Old Schoolhouse in Market Square.

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