Garden Route Trip Day 6: Hermanus

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Another early start on our trip mostly because our guesthouse kindly offered to serve us breakfast at 7:30, earlier than usual so that our food could settle in time for our whale trip. 78 on 5th does 2 plated courses of breakfast. The first was muesli, yogurt and fruit drizzled with honey and served in a little dessert bowl accompanied by freshly squeezed orange juice. This guesthouse was priced at pretty much the same as all our other accommodation but I really appreciated the effort in making a plated hot breakfast that wasn’t just bacon and eggs. We had an open egg omelette on a slice of toast topped with homemade tomato and onion sauce, shaved smoked ham and mature cheddar cheese – all grilled in the oven.

And then it was off to the most excited part of our trip – whale watching! Although November marks the end of the whale season in Hermanus, we still managed to see quite a few whales close up and some calves jumping around in the waters closer to shore. We spent about 2 hours on a rocky boat with Whalewatchers. The tour guide explained how the whales come in to the bay and gave us a good overview of whales in general. They even went searching for whales so that we could get the best views and photos.

We were originally going to have lunch at Bientang’s Cave, known as one of the best spots on land to watch whales from. Having just marvelled at the whales so closely, we opted for Dutchies instead. It’s a beach cafĂ©/bar so you can refuel here after spending time at the beach. I’ve been having so much seafood on this trip but the menu wasn’t very exciting so I opted for a seafood platter for lunch. I definitely did not make a bad choice! I am not a big eater but I wiped that platter clean and would have had more if there was.

Since Dutchies is on the beach, we took the liberty of walking along the blue flag beach. The waters were freezing cold! It’s hard to imagine that the same Indian Ocean brings in the warm waters in Durban.

For the first time on our trip, we actually had a pool to swim in and relax for a bit. I realised when I was back in Joburg that this time was meant to be for horse riding on the beach. As much as I wanted to see and experience everything, I realised that I was on holiday to relax and chilling on the pool loungers was a great way to do just that.

We planned on going to Lizette's for supper for Vietnamese - African fusion cuisine. Unfortunately, it was closed so we settled on Geckos – a bar at the new harbour. Set on the edge of the harbour, the sunset setting was the perfect accompaniment to the singer providing live entertainment. I left that night feeling so happy that I chose to spend the entire night being entertained by a live singer without the worry that I need to get home for a good night’s rest before work the next day. Ah, the dream of freedom…

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