If the European heat wave is starting to get you down and you are desperate for some cooler climes, now is the perfect time to pack your bags and head on down below the equator to the Western Cape of South Africa.
July and August may be classed as ‘winter months’ in SA, but with moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine going spare, the Western Cape it is a wonderful destination to visit at this time of year.
Hotels are generally much cheaper than in our winter months, flights to Cape Town are reasonably priced, and if your idea of the perfect holiday includes rugged coastlines, exceptional dining venues and an abundance of sea-life, you will struggle to find anywhere better than Hermanus and Walker Bay.
The cosmopolitan town of Hermanus is just a short drive from Cape Town International Airport, and provides the perfect base for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies who want to spend most of their holiday outdoors.
The home of Shark Cage Diving tours and Whale Watching Excursions, Hermanus is an action packed holiday destination for those looking for something a little bit different, and right now, it homes hundreds of Southern Right Whales who migrate to the waters of Hermanus and Walker Bay to breed and care for their young.
At this time of the year, Whales can easily be seen from the white sandy beaches, and if you want some close-up shots of these magnificent creatures, you just need to hop on a boat and you will be alongside them in seconds.
Seal Island is another favourite for nature-loving travellers, and if you ever wanted to see some 60,000 Cape Fur Seals crowded onto one tiny rock, you are in for a treat! Of course, the seals attract the Great White Sharks to the region, and if going shark cage diving is on your holiday bucket list, you will have endless possibilities to do so here.