Beaches of Hermanus, Cape Town & the Western Cape
Who can resist a stroll or sunbathing on one of the Western Cape’s incredibly wide variety of beaches? If your choice is to be snuggled in between rocks on your own private beach, then these are easily accessible too.
Grotto Beach in Hermanus (a Blue Flag beach) is one of those deserted wide and long stretching beaches that you must visit. You can literally walk for miles and miles. Or why not take a picnic with the family and just sit watching the waves of Walker Bay gently crashing in front of you. Hermanus fresh water lagoon and the nearby high mountain range add to the pretty scenery. Regular visitors are - Kite-surfers, Wind surfers, Hikers, Surfers and Boogie boarders who come to enjoy these endless spaces.
Watch out for African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals or Southern Right Whales (June to late November) which also enjoy Walker Bays sandy shoreline.
Fat Bikes tours are conducted from the other end of Grotto beach - at De Kelders (near Gansbaai)
Other smaller beaches worth visiting around Hermanus are – Sandbaai, Onrus, Kammabaai, Champagne Pools and Voelklip. With most beaches offering lovely picnics spots close to the beach too.
Horse Riding tours are conducted at Kleinmond beach, via the river estuary wetland areas.
Sports like volley ball and touch rugby are often played on these beaches as well at Camps Bay beach, close to Cape Town. Sunsets bring a “cocktail near the beach” feeling and many little cafes at Camps Bay, across the road from this famous beach, offer delicious cocktails for sipping, while watching the red sun slowly sink into the ocean.
Long Beach at Noordhoek is another beautiful deserted beach true to its name. This lengthy stretch of white sand offers remote and beautiful coastal views all the way to Kommetjie and perhaps when you take a stroll on a lovely hot day, you might even come across a movie or an advert for the latest swim-wear being filmed and shot. Look out for surfers that play and ride the waves, while keeping an eye out for seals or even dolphins, who often play along with them.
The coastal road drive from Noordhoek, along Chapmans Peak Drive to Hout Bay, is breath-taking and a must do activity.
There are a number of horse stables close to Noordhoek beach and they offer the luxury of leisurely horse riding along this fabulous beach.
Please be aware that you should put on a high factor sunscreen, as our African sun is strong and even with the wind blowing, it’s easy to underestimate the effect that the sun can have on your skin.
Everywhere you travel along the coastline of the Western Cape, there are many spots to stop for a swim or a beach walk. Washed up on shore can be many interesting shells, jellyfish and many different types of seaweed.
Birdlife is very varied along the coastline, especially in places like Betty’s Bay, Hermanus, Cape Point, Boulders Beach and Stony Point, which are both home to the famous African Penguin colonies.
Plant life and bird species of this region are detailed in our other articles – please click – Birds or Plants to go to these relevant pages.
Along the very scenic Kogelbay coastal road to Hermanus and right next to the Kogelberg mountain range, are many picnic spots on green lawns with braai (BBQ) and camping facilities, with hot showers. Kogelbay beach is regularly patrolled by lifeguards, as the rips and currents can be strong and deceptive. This beach is a popular spot for surfers, canoeists, kayakers and ocean adventure sports.
Other popular activities, departing for the soft sandy beaches are snorkeling, spear fishing and scuba diving.
If you prefer to be on top of the water, then you can pick & choose between various sailing boats, cruises, sundowner trips and many more boating activities departing from harbours at Hermanus, Gansbaai, Hout Bay, Gordons Bay, Simons Town and V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
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