We are often tasked with helping our clients create captivating experiences when we escort them around Cape Town, and one of our favourite day trip locations to recommend is the Hemel en Aarde Valley. 

It’s only over the last decade that the valley became known for its wines, but from 1817 to 1846 it was home to a leper colony. The deep valley was the ideal place of isolation for those shunned from society. 

En route from Cape Town, your day trip will take you through the Hottentots Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass just after Somerset West en route to the Hemel en Aarde Valley It’s a region filled with wonderful contrast, from rugged mountain ranges, breathtaking coastal vistas and rolling vineyards. 

The coastal waters of the valley is home to the Southern Right Whale. Every year during the onset of spring from September, more than 150000 flock to Hermanus when the whales arrive to breed. You will also be able to see humpback and brides whales as well as African penguins and cape fur seals. The annual whale festival will resume this September, after being scuppered last year due to the CoronaVirus. 

While you are in Hermanus, why not include a hike in your itinerary? The Fernkloof Nature Reserve that encircles the town offers you the unparalleled opportunity to bask in the beauty of the Cape Floral Kingdom with over 50 km of well-maintained trails traversing the hills and mountains surrounding Hermanus 

Want to experience the splendour of Hermanus and the Hemel en Aarde Valley? Give us a call to arrange the trip of a lifetime