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© SA Tourism© SA TourismSituated about an hour's drive from Cape Town, Hermanus is most well known for the fantastic sightings of southern right whales between June and October. It’s not even necessary to go on a boat, as these huge mammals are clearly visible from the cliff-top walk, redolent with the fragrant scent of flowering fynbos plants. A pair of binoculars is always useful but even without those, keen watchers can get a pretty good view of the whales as they frolic in the bay. Fascinating as the whales are, there is more to Hermanus. The diving is good and the local golf course is particularly scenic with lovely views of the sea - it's not a links course, though. The Walker Bay wine region has some of the most southerly vineyards in the world and a tasting trip is well worthwhile.

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