Esplanade Hermanus


Adventure Activities in Hermanus

Nestled between majestic mountains and a breathtaking shoreline, the picturesque town of Hermanus captivates with its idyllic setting. Stretching along a narrow ribbon of land, this coastal gem is embraced by nature at its most magnificent. Perched on the edge of Walker Bay, Hermanus unfolds a tapestry of enchanting experiences.

Indulge in the splendor of Hermanus and Walker Bay with an unforgettable journey aboard our exclusive 36′ sailing catamaran. Let the tranquil atmosphere embrace you as our seasoned crew tend to your every desire, ensuring your complete relaxation. As you recline on deck, savor the delectable tapas and refreshing drinks provided, while the sun gracefully descends, painting the sky with vibrant hues.

Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting marine wildlife that graces these waters. Delight in the playful dance of dolphins, the graceful presence of seals, and the occasional majestic sighting of whales. Witness the awe-inspiring coastline of Hermanus, its rugged beauty leaving an indelible impression on your senses.

Whale watching

Experience the magic of whale watching in Hermanus, where hundreds of these magnificent creatures can be spotted during the months of early June to late November. Hermanus is renowned for its exceptional viewings of Southern Right Whales. In fact, Hermanus is considered the official home of the Southern Right Whale, as evidenced by its annual Whale Festival.

Hermanus holds the distinction of being the world’s premier site for whale watching, drawing nature enthusiasts from around the globe during the whale season. Prepare to be captivated as you witness the graceful whales in their natural habitat, creating lifelong memories of these awe-inspiring encounters. 

Hermanus Beaches

The Hermanus coastline offers a diverse and expansive stretch of shoreline, featuring an array of Blue Flag beaches that cater to sunbathers, swimmers, surfers, divers, and enthusiasts of various beach sports. These coveted Blue Flag designations are exclusively granted to beaches and marinas that meet exceptional global standards. With its pristine white sandy beaches and hidden secluded coves, the coastline is complemented by imposing rocky cliffs adorned with intimate inlets and charming tidal pools. Whether it’s in the heart of Hermanus or its surrounding areas, there is an abundance of space available for everyone to enjoy throughout the year, irrespective of the season.

Our personal favourites are Voelklip, Grotto and Kammabaai. 

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Discover the natural wonders of Fernkloof Nature Reserve, a pristine haven located in Hermanus. With a vast network of trails spanning 60 kilometers, ranging from gentle ambles to exhilarating hikes, this reserve offers breathtaking views of Hermanus and the expansive Walker Bay. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings as you explore the diverse landscape and encounter over 1,250 species of plants, including rare and remarkable floral wonders.

At The Esplanade, we are dedicated to providing you with an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the captivating beauty of Fernkloof Nature Reserve and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

The Great White

Gansbaai, located just a scenic 40-minute drive from Hermanus, proudly holds the prestigious title of the Great White Shark Capital of the world. This remarkable destination offers an exclusive opportunity to embark on an extraordinary adventure of diving with these majestic creatures year-round. Brace yourself for an exhilarating and adrenaline-pumping experience that will leave you in awe. Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai is an unparalleled opportunity not to be missed, immersing you in a thrilling encounter with these awe-inspiring creatures of the deep. Discover the ultimate thrill and create unforgettable memories as you witness the power and beauty of Great White Sharks in their natural habitat.

Golf in Hermanus

There are two world-class golf courses in Hermanus. 

The Hermanus Golf Club course has recently undergone a major overhaul, introducing nine new holes and incorporating a new real estate component. The course now features modern, classically designed holes that enhance both its visual appeal and level of challenge. However, it still maintains its traditional charm and character, the beautiful mountain surroundings, sea views, and warm hospitality, remains intact.

Arabella Golf Course offers a stunning backdrop with views of the Bot River Lagoon and the Kogelberg mountains. It has a 72-par 18-hole course and is ranked as a top 10 course in the country by Golf Digest. The course features amenities like a driving range, Pro Shop, GPS golf carts, and trained caddies. It has attracted famous celebrities and professional golfers.

Cycle the Hemel en Aarde Valley

Experience the thrill of cycling in the breathtaking Hemel en Aarde Valley. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely ride or an adrenaline-pumping challenge, our team can arrange bikes and E-bikes suitable for all levels. The trails cater to every mountain biking enthusiast, with enchanting forest tracks and scenic vineyards awaiting riders of all abilities. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings as you pedal through the splendor of the Hemel en Aarde Valley. Prepare for an unforgettable adventure, where awe-inspiring landscapes and exhilarating moments await at every turn.