Best times to visit Hermanus

When to Visit Hermanus and Why –

A Reason for every Season!

Are you perhaps wondering when to visit Hermanus? Being a seaside town, there could be a misconception that the only “good” time to visit Hermanus is during the summertime. While this may be true from the point of view of sunbathers, but it’s not at all a true reflection of what Hermanus and all that the surrounding areas have to offer. So, in order to assist you, our guests, with choosing a time to visit to Hermanus, we’ve compiled a list of tantalizing reasons for every season.




SUMMER: December, January, February, March

  • Hermanus’ great beaches and wonderful ocean and lagoons
  • A temperate climate that’s very warm but not “fry-you-in-your- shoes” sort of hot
  • Longer daytime hours for all the great outdoor activities that range from hiking and horse riding to paragliding and boat trips
  • Evening concerts in the open air Forest Theater
  • Christmas and Twilight markets to browse around, along with the weekly art and craft and food markets of Hermanus
  • Christmas and New Year festivities that include restaurant and club specials and fireworks displays in allocated places
  • The Hawston Sea Festival usually happens during the first week of December each year.  It attracts hundreds of visitors who enjoy the delicious sea foods such as fresh crayfish, perlemoen (abalone), paella and snoek dishes that are on offer, while taking in the entertainment and basking under the sun around the Olympic-sized swimming pool.
  •   Although March falls into Autumn, the weather is still very warm and can be considered as part of Summer
  • Eastbury Cottage is just a short stroll to the Marine Tidal Pool for those who wish to have a safe swim in the ocean.  Every morning of the year you will find that the “Hermanus Mermaids” (sometimes there is a Merman who joins them) take their early 7h00 swim…come rain or sunshine.   The 5 star Marine Hotell holds the keys for the ablutions and overseas that the area is kept clean and tidy.
  • It is a joy to sit on the deck of The Loft at Eastbury Cottage as the evening breeze wafts softly by.



AUTUMN:  March April and May

  • Lovely balmy in-between weather during this season make it one of the nicest times to visit Hermanus.
  • Fresh and crisp champagne air and bright blue skies
  • The start of winter specials
  • Easter markets, fairs, egg hunts and festivities
  • Big Blues Music Festival in Kleinmond
  • Fish Bash in Hermanus; a local outdoor cook-off in aid of charity where teams of locals battle it out to determine the best fish-fryer in the town.
  • Should the nights become cooler remember to snuggle up under a cosy duvet in the Garden Cottage at Eastbury Cottage, while watching the birds take their last drink from the bird bath in the garden.


WINTER: June July and August

  • The month of June is the start of whale season with boat based whales watching trips, although sightings from the cliff paths are already quite common in May.
  • June also heralds the wonderful 10 day Hermanus Fynarts Festival from the 2nd to the 3rd week of this month.
  • Shark Cage viewing in Gansbaai is at its best
  • Accommodation establishments offer great discounted winter rates
  • Winter weeknight specials are offered by most restaurants and activity operators
  • Winter sales for clothes and household goodies
  • Kalfiefees (“Kalfie” is the Afrikaans word for a “Calf” or baby whale) This Festival was known as the Welcome the Baby Whales Festival and falls over the Women’s Day public holiday in August and is based in Onrus. The Wine and Food Festival happens on the same weekend.  These two inter-joining festivals promise great food, enjoyable shows and over 250 different types of Overberg wines for tasting.  Read more in our blog on The Kalfiefees”
  • The new fine arts festival to be launched in June 2013 called the Hermanus Fynarts Festival.
  • With an average minimum temperature of 1o’ and maximum average of 23′, if you don’t mind a few rainy days, this is a lovely time of the year to visit Hermanus.  Scenically it is very beautiful. Farm fields consist of a patchwork of different hues and shades of greens.  We call it our “Green Season”. The Spring flowers appear during the month of June.  Read our blog on Western Cape Spring flowers
  • After going wine tasting along the Hermanus Wine Route R320, why not enjoy a glass of red wine on your return to Eastbury Cottage and cuddle up in front of the crackling fireplace in The Courtyard Suite


SPRING: September, October and November

  • This season is when the Southern Right Whale sightings are at their best
  • The Whale Festival, Hermanus’ great annual festival to celebrate the return of the Southern Right Whales in Walker Bay. The environmentally proactive festival is filled with craft and food stalls, days of entertainment, a great atmosphere and is topped with amazing displays and sightings of our gentle giants of the sea.
  • Stanford Bird Fair, which offers high calibre talks, outings and presentations lead by esteemed industry experts as well as entertainment for the whole family and even the opportunity of gin tasting.
  • Read more about the beautiful spring flowers in Hermanus and surrounding areas in our blog Western Cape Spring Flowers
  • The Flower Festival in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve which displays the fynbos spring flowers and offers great food, music and crafts for a relaxed celebration.
  • Still some specials going on at restaurants and shops
  • Sales on winter stock
  • Day trips to the rose and flower festivals in Elgin and Greyton
  • Spring is in the air and what better place to spend a getaway than in the romantic Rose Room at Eastbury Cottage!

The evidence points to the simple fact that Hermanus is a great place to visit no matter when you decide to come down. Every time of year has its special features and the heart and culture of the town never dies. People may be cuddled up a bit more in winter, but they’ll still give you a smile and a wave just the same as in summer.  And the clean air, beautiful coastline and amazing flora and fauna are for the most part constant and ready to welcome you to the little town with love and beauty.

Author: Danica Kreusch

Editor: Jenny

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