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is a relatively busy coastal settlement on the Whale Coast, around 90km to the east of Cape Town.

This place is widely considered to be the whale-watching capital of southern Africa. June to October all five major species of whale pass around the Cape. Most notable is the southern right whale, which comes in close to shore to calve at this time.

The town famously has a Whale Crier, who patrols the foreshore and sounds a horn to announce when whales have been sighted.

In recent decades Hermanus has evolved from a sleepy fishing village into a much larger suburban area. The heart of the village and the suburbs to the east remain pleasant enough, with a reasonable selection of bars and eateries. However the large extensions of industry, shanty towns and retirement estates immediately to the west really don't do much for the overall appeal of the place.

Activities in this area include whale-watching, shark-diving, snorkelling, diving, hiking in the hills and walking to remote beaches. The town also has a golf course, a couple of small museums and a decent range of stores, bars and restaurants.

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