If you will be traveling through the Western Cape area of South Africa, consider making a stop in the small town of Hermanus. Stunning beaches, unspoilt nature and small-town charm makes this one of the best spots in the Overberg District.
Here's what to pack...
- Hoodies/light knits even in summer: The days can be scorching hot, but early mornings and evenings tend to be on the chilly side.
- Comfortable shoes: You can count on finding a parking spot at the farthest possible point from your destination, so be ready to walk everywhere. Not that this is a bad thing! The town is famous for its scenic cliff paths that wind along the coast, leading from one beach to another and passing along the best of restaurants. Also, the many alleyways and hidden corners of the town offer great treasures fro the shopper on foot.
- A Wetsuit: The brave and the... let's call them 'less-prepared', often swim and play in these frigid waters, but be warned... Except for the very rarest of days when the water is over 12'C, the ocean here is COLD. If you are planning any scuba-diving, surfing or boating adventures, make sure you pack a wetsuit. Local diving companies also offer suits for hire, if you want to pack light.
- Binoculars: Hermanus is the spot to whale-watch in South Africa. The activity is seasonal, with Southern Right Whales and their calves visiting the area in August/September, but birds and other sea-life remains abundant throughout the year.
- An Extra Suitcase: The Market Stalls at the Old Harbour offer some intersting and fun curios, and the weekly Country Market will have you drooling over local produce and great food! If art is your thing, Hermanus is a hotspot for some of South Africa's best artists. The local monthly Art Walk attributes to that, with galleries keeping their doors open at night so enthusiasts can stroll from one exhibition to the next, all the way through town!
- A Petrol Piggy-Bank: You will be doing minimal driving in the town itself, but the surrounding areas will soon beckon... The Hemel en Aarde Valley boasts excellent food stops and wine estates, and Cape Town is just over an hour's drive away along a stunning scenic route.
There's loads to explore in and around this small twon, and it definitely gets the AfriHooked seal of approval!
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