The beautiful seaside town of Hermanus offers the best shore-based whale watching in the world: the magnificent creatures flock to Walker Bay every year and can be observed only metres away from the cliffs and paths lining the shore. The town has its own unique “whale crier”, whose blasts on a kelp horn signal the presence of whales. Besides its natural beauty and crisp coastal air, the area is also renowned for its quality wines, with leading estates lining the flanks of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. In recent years Hermanus has also become something of a mountain biking mecca, with trails springing up on the nearby hills and valleys.
The beautiful village of Greyton nestles beneath the majestic Riviersonderend mountain range. Its lush and colourful country gardens complement the thatched cottages and lanes lined by oak trees. Named after Sir George Grey and once the site of the farm Weltevreden, it is today a safe, quaint village in a beautiful mountain setting where old traditions still prevail. A wide selection of outdoor activities are on offer, including hiking, walking, bird watching, horse riding, fishing … and mountain biking. The mountain biking trail network around the town is constantly being upgraded and extended.
The Elgin Valley is the natural home for lovers of fresh food, cool-climate wines and beautiful country living. The lush garden valley only 45 minutes from Cape Town has been renowned for almost a century for its fresh produce – most notably apples and pears. It is also home to some excellent restaurants, delis, and wine estates. In recent years the valley has become a celebrated outdoor adventure paradise, particularly for mountain bikers. Many local farms – including the Oaky Valley, Paul Cluver and Thandi estates – have developed excellent mountain bike trail networks.