Free Things to Do on the Cape Whale Coast

There might not be any free lunches but the Cape Whale Coast do have a few free options available for visitors that would compare well.

  • The ParkRun on a Saturday morning.  It starts at 8 and is only 5kms long.  Choose between two equally scenic settings.  The one at SA Forest Adventures in Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus, and the other in Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Betty’s Bay.  A bonus is that entrance to Harold Porter is free when you do the ParkRun.  A saving of R28 per adult.
  • Visit one of our many markets. There’s one in every town from Pringle Bay to Gansbaai.  The Hermanus Country Market even has a Wednesday evening market during the December/January holidays. There are also many Christmas Markets with stocking fillers and holiday gadgets during the season.
  • Tone up at our outdoor gyms.  At Kleinmond’s main beach, Onrus or Mount Pleasant.
  • There is never a free hiking route far from site.  Doesn’t matter where you are in the region.  Put on the tekkies and take to the 60kms of intertwined hiking trails in Fernkloof, the many miles in Kogelberg, stroll along the coast.
  • Penguins are not only cute they also come with a free observation pass when you visit the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary between Gansbaai and Kleinmond.  They are open between 9:00 and 16:00 and visitors can watch the little guys feeding at 15:00.  Get there early to see how they prep their tuxedos for dinner.
  • Hermanus Wine Village has a daily tasting of 10 to 12 wines that’s completely free of charge.
  • For something sweet, organic and totally healthy head over to Stanford for a free honey tasting at the Overberg Honey Company.
  • Our libraries are a free source of information and entertainment.  The amazing library staff are great on putting on special exhibitions and programmes.  Kleinmond library has a weekly show of the seasonal fynbos thanks to the volunteers of the Botanical Society.
  • Playgrounds and parks are perfect settings for picnics, lazy days and children having fun.  Consider Gearing’s Point as a playground for adults.  Sculptures On The Cliff and the many galleries are there to roam and find inspiration.
  • Last but not least, our Blue Flag beaches.  Summer is about spending time on the beach.  All you need is a towel!

We encourage visitors to share their moments with us by using the hashtags #CapeWhaleCoast and #NoWhereBetter. Have fun, be safe and make sure you have a dedicated driver when you take to the winery roads. 

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