South Africa’s whale capital, Hermanus, was recently announced (2008) as the Town of the Year in an SMS competition ran over three months by the Kaap-Rapport, the regional supplement to the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rapport. There’s nothing quite like proud local support to boost a town’s confidence and enhance its positioning in the domestic tourism marketing arena, so a hearty congratulations to Hermanus.
Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It’s known as a whale-watching destination. Beaches include Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay. The Old Harbour Museum is a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. The latter has informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale.
The Kaap-Rapport competition acknowledges the tourism wealth of the province of the Western Cape, evidenced in its enchanting natural splendour, heartwarming hospitality and cheerful community life.
“Hermanus is one of the towns which epitomises the Western Cape tourism experience. It has that one defining, unforgettable feature – the best land-based whale watching spot in the world – while at the same time offering the visitor a distinct mix of tourism options such as glorious beaches, its Hemel-en-Aarde wine route, adventure sport, and restaurant and accommodation choices to suit every taste and pocket.” “Winning this title will definitely assist the town even further in growing into a top-of-mind domestic tourism destination,” says Calvyn Gilfellan, Chief Executive of Cape Town Routes Unlimited.