Walking the Hermanus Cliff Path

Originally constructed by the Hermanus Botanical Society, the Hermanus Cliff Path has been reconstructed and is maintained by the volunteer Cliff Path Management Group (CPMG). The CPMG has managed the resurfacing of the entire path through private donations and contributions from the Overstrand Municipality.

The Cliff Path meanders for almost eleven kilometres along the rugged and beautiful coastline from the New Harbour in the west to the estuary at the mouth of the Klein River in the east. It is wedged between the Kleinriviersberg mountain range in the north and the broad expanse of Walker Bay to the south.

Wheelchair and pushchair-friendly sections have been created wherever possible for the benefit of the disabled, elderly and infants in pushchairs, notably the entire Westcliff and village seafront sections from the New Harbour to Protea Road and from Kraal Rock to Kwaaiwater. These sections are identified on the map and on the place name signs along the path.

Nature reserve

To ensure protection of its fragile ecosystem, the Cliff Path and the fynbos vegetation through which it passes was incorporated into the proclaimed Fernkloof Nature Reserve in 2000.

Whales, nature and points of interest

The Cliff Path not only affords some of the best land-based whale watching in the world from June to December, but it is also a nature lover’s paradise. It winds through a diversity of vegetation types and provides many fascinating points of interest: the active New Harbour (constructed in 1951); the historic Old Harbour in the village, now a museum; and the village market square.

Eastwards from the village at Sea Road the cliff path follows the Main Road for 800 metres before rejoining the coastline at Mollergren Park opposite the Golf Club. It affords spectacular views of turbulent seas at Sievers Punt and Kwaaiwater. Near the wooden footbridge at the mouth of the Mossel River, signs poetically depict the graves of two southern right whales that beached at this point.

Beyond the Mossel River mouth, the path continues around the narrow but safe Langbaai bathing beach, to the Kammabaai and Voëlklip beaches and on to the main Grotto beach that sweeps for nineteen kilometres around Walker Bay to De Kelders and Gansbaai.

Hermanus Cliff Path Logo

About our Logo

Clockwise from the top is: The whale tail depicting our major attraction; then the mountains surrounding Hermanus; our coastline; and the fern of Fernkloof Nature Reserve in which we’re situated. The white band across the middle represents the cliff path that links all the other features.