Once you’ve seen the whales, you can take tours to see the marine Big Five, or even go diving with great white sharks. You’re also close to a range of safari locations where you can see the Big Five mammals. Plus, the mountains behind the town of Hermanus are perfect for treks and longer walks to explore the scenery. With one of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet, the town is also part of the Cape Floristic region of South Africa. In the local Fernkloof Nature Reserve, for example, you can find nearly 1,500 plant species. A stay at the Grootbos lodge lets you get in touch with the verdant surroundings, taking fynbos nature tours and excursions to ancient caves of archaeological interest. You’ll see some bird species which can’t be seen anywhere else on Earth. Birders will love spotting the orange-breasted sunbird, Cape sugarbird, Cape siskin, Cape rockjumper and Victorin's warbler. You can also go fishing in the nearby Klein River Lagoon to catch brown and rainbow trout as well as bass.
Travelling further out of the city, you’ll find some of the best working vineyards. Some of our favourite hotels, such as the MOSAIC Private Sanctuary, are situated deep in the popular wine region, with stunning views of the Overberg Mountains. Enjoy tasting sessions and private cellar tours, and learn how the industry holds these local places together. If you continue east, you’ll soon find yourself on the Garden Route, another of South Africa’s marvels.
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