The Hermanus Cliff Path is one of Hermanus's unique attractions. It is just over 12km long and stretches from the New Harbour in Westcliff all along the coastline to Grotto beach in Voelklip. The Cliff Path is accessible from many points along the route, and benches at strategic points provide a place to sit and watch the whales or enjoy the sea. The Cliff Path has made Hermanus famous for providing the best land-based whale watching in the world, but is also alive with wondrous floral and marine life.

Much of the distance is wheelchair-friendly, with access to the path from many points.

The easy walk from Fick’s pool to the New Harbour takes about half an hour. In the opposite direction the path leads long Marine Drive to the Old Harbour where one joins it again all the way to Protea Road. At low tide it is possible to rock hop across Bayview Bay where there is no formal path as this area is privately owned. It is easier to follow the road to Mollergren Park from where the path continues on its way along the coastline to Grotto Beach.

Memorial benches along the way offer walkers a chance to stop and enjoy the sea’s many moods or to watch the whales wallowing in the bay. The path from the Windsor Hotel to beyond the Marine Hotel and from Kraal Rock to the Mossel River is also wheelchair friendly, thanks to the Hermanus Rotary Club and the Cliff Path Management Group.

The Vermont Nature Reserve in Vermont has a delightful walk long the Coast from the oddly named Brekvis Bay to Hawston Harbour. The walk takes about two hours and leads you through the private reserve of Hoek van die Berg where all alien undergrowth has been painstakingly cleared, revealing a pristine paradise of fynbos. Hoek van die Berg can be reached from either the Vermont or Hawston side.

The Vermont, Onrus, Sandbaai (VOS) coastal path is currently under construction, with the Sandbaai section of the walk having recently been completed.

The beach walk from Hawston along Sandown Bay across the mouth of the Bot River Estuary might just afford you a sighting of the wild horses that have been living in that area for decades.

Registered community guides provide a variety of special tours in all areas of Greater Hermanus. These include cultural, historical, fynbos, beach, abalone and bird life walks, and are a great way to get to know more about the area.

(Courtesy Overberg Media)