About Rotary Way

Flanked by the vast waters of the Indian Ocean and the Kleinriviersberge Mountains just two hours from Cape Town, Hermanus is picture-perfect. Views that stretch as far as the eye can see extend from the blue ocean water to the jade-coloured mountains, valleys and the little town, which is just bursting with character.

Did you know? Visitors to Rotary Way are reminded not to pick any of the lovely flowers in this area, and never to feed the inquisitive baboons.

Rotary Way may be a short route, but it is one that showcases some of Hermanus' loveliest views within a space of just a few kilometres. It is a partially tarred road and climbs 188 metres up the mountains and along their spine, promising gorgeous views of the Overberg. In fact, it is technically a mountain pass.

From the first lookout point, you will be able to take in the breath-taking views of Sandbaai, Vermont and Zwelihle, which make up the western parts of Hermanus. Travelling a little further along the road promises incredible vistas and photo opportunities of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Not only is this a beautifully verdant valley, but it is also home to the local wine route, which means that its lush vegetation is punctuated by row upon row of fertile vines.

From here, head further along Rotary Way to get amazing views of the Klein River Valley, the lagoon, the golf course and, of course, the ocean. When the whales come to visit this part of the South African coastline every year, they can be seen lobtailing and spraying massive mists into the air as they explore these waters. Seeing the whales from these heights is, undoubtedly, one of the major highlights for those exploring Rotary Way.

Hermanus is only an hour from Cape Town and the Cape Winelands. It has gorgeous beaches, and plenty in the way of restaurants, accommodation, and attractions.

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WhereRotary Way, Hermanus, Cape Whale Coast / Cape Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours.

OvernightStay in Hermanus Accommodation, Western Cape

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