Last week to visit the Dinos Alive Exhibition in Hermanus

Dinos Alive

Last week to visit the Dinos Alive Exhibition in Hermanus

This is your last week to catch the Dino’s Alive exhibition at the new Whale Coast Mall this week!
The thrilling DinosAlive exhibition is in Hermanus, to showcase its astounding collection of animatronic dinosaurs. The exhibition will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 02 February until 18 March at Whale Coast Mall.
DinosAlive tells the story of dinosaurs from the Mesozoic Era, from approximately 250 million years ago.

Featuring 25 animatronic dinosaurs that can move their limbs, blink and emit lifelike sounds, this educational showcase is not only fun for the whole family but educational too.

“We are very excited about traveling with our dinosaurs to Hermanus for the first time. There is always excitement from the children when they see the ‘real life’ dinosaurs for the first time. There is so much for them to see and to do that they just can’t contain themselves,” says Etienne Schlechter, Director of Expo Africa and organiser of the event

“This is the real deal and a first for Hermanus. This exhibition offers real value for money and an unforgettable encounter with these prehistoric ‘creatures’,” says Schlechter
Mall, visitors can expect to see the familiar faces like the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. If you’re a dinosaur lover, you’ll be able to spot more obscure names like the Spinosaurus and Ankylosaurus on show too.

Even if you aren’t that clued up on dinosaur trivia, there is ample information available all around the exhibition on information boards. These boards explain the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in full detail in a fun and interactive way

The children can really get up close and personal with the Apatosaurus and go for a ride on his back, or become any dinosaur they want to be at the face painting station. If it is realism that they are after, take them to the excavation fossil pit where they can get their hands dirty digging up the ‘real’ bones of these ancient animals.

New elements at the exhibition include the Dino Tablet games, Timmy the baby Dinosaur, and our Dino Ranger Badges for the kids.

“We try to make the experience just as fun for the adults as we do for the children, so we have the Dino movie area and fossil display that the grown-ups can really get stuck into. Our animatronic dinosaurs are always a hit across the board because even as an adult coming eye to eye with these majestic beasts is exciting,” Schlechter continues.

Finally, pop by the DinosAlive merchandise shop and buy a souvenir to bring home.



2 Feb-18 March
(Weekends only Fridays to Sundays from 10:00 – 17:00)


R65 per person (available at the door)
School packages are available.


Whale Coast Mall in Hermanus

For more information visit the DinosAlive website at this link http://dinosalive.co.za/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DinosAlive/, Twitter @DinosAliveSA and Instagram @dinosalive.

For more info please visit http://www.hermanusonline.mobi/hermanus-blog/dinos-alive-exhibition-live-in-hermanus-from-2-feb-till18-march-2018

Hermanus Field Archery Club


Hermanus Field Archery Club
For the more adventurous this month of love, why not try your hand at being a real-life Cupid and doing some archery. Archery can be enjoyed by virtually anyone regardless of their physical ability, and facilities are available for both outdoor and indoor shooting.
Archery has many valuable lessons which transfers into other recreational activities, it:
– instils confidence,
– increases attention span,
– fosters a willingness of participants to try other sports activities.
The Hermanus Field Archery Club (HFAC) was founded in September 2008 by Jaco Coetzee, when he and fellow archers were looking for a place to practice their archery skills.
HFAC hosts a SANIFAA structured competition every 4th Sunday of each month. The competitions are open to all archers, whether club members or not.
The range consists of a practice range with targets set at distances ranging between 10 to 80
yards and a circular course with a total of 28 stations. The course is laid out in yards and
accommodate shots as far as 80 yards: varying degrees of slope and incline make this a challenging archery course.
Competitions are alternated between Field-, 2D-, 3D- and Hunter rounds.
To accommodate hunters on a field round, HFAC introduced the Biltong round. The Biltong round consist of 14 station with distances varying between 7 and 40 yards.
HFAC forms part of the Greater Hermanus Shooting Club, that accommodates pistol shooting, rifle shooting and clay pigeon shooting.
This beautiful course is situated amongst fynbos and old Pine trees on the R43, between the Kleinmond and Bot River turn offs, just 15 minutes’ drive from Hermanus.
For more information please visit https://wparchery.org/

Learn to Kite Surf in Hermanus


Learn to Kite Surf in Hermanus
Looking for a new addictive adventure
Kitesurfing is exploding in popularity all over the world! If you are wanting to taste or indulge in the full experience of the latest water sport look no further. Wind coming up most afternoons and the flat water make for the perfect combination. With lessons running daily the instructor we will have you up and riding safely in no time at all.
People of all ages can learn!
Try it now and book a lesson by one of the IKO certified instructors. The kite surfing school can cater for all kitesurfing skill levels from beginner to advanced kitesurfers.
So book now and let us help you to be up and riding!!!
For more info and to make a booking to get you riding the waves flying through the sky visit http://www.walkerbayadventures.co.za/kite-surfing.php
Herman De Vries
Cell: 082 739 0159

Take a tour at the Heart of Abalone


Take a tour at the Heart of Abalone

Come and join us for a tour of a working abalone farm in the heart of the South African abalone industry, in the coastal town of Hermanus. Learn more about abalone, see it, feel it, and even taste it.
Once upon a time abalone was as common in the rock pools of the largest part of South Africa’s coastline as sheep in the Karoo. Recreational divers spent their free time taking out their quota of abalone and preparing it in various delicious forms.
The South African abalone species, haliotis midae, is traditionally known for its great taste and is called “perlemoen” in Afrikaans and Dutch, referring to its beautiful mother-of-pearl shell. It is not only seen as a delicacy by South Africans who are accustomed to the tradition of recreational diving, but also by Chinese who regard it as a special gourmet treat served at celebratory events such as weddings and birthdays.
As the demand for abalone started to surpass the supply, unfortunately not all divers and consumers followed the restrictions for quotas set by Government to preserve this precious resource.
Poaching became a big threat to the sustainability of the South African abalone species.
In 1984 Dr Pierre Hugo, a veterinarian from Hermanus, started to experiment with the breeding of abalone in tanks on land. The first experiments were done in small fish tanks at home. His two boys, only a few bricks high at the time, helped carry buckets of water from the sea to their home, for the animals to have fresh aerated seawater. Experimental feeds were produced with his wife’s kitchen mixer and their boys’ potato guns!
What Dr. Hugo did not realise, was that his fun home experiment was actually pioneering work for the commercial South African farmed abalone industry that today exports more than 1,000 tonnes of abalone a year to the Asian market. Dr. Hugo founded Abagold in 1995 and today this public company is one of the largest abalone farms in the country, located at the New Harbour of Hermanus.
The story of Abagold from its humble beginings to a profitable, well-diversified company is a success story that needed telling. Abagold pursues an ambitious strategy which will grow its abalone interests internationnaly and venture into related industries such as feed formulation and renewable energy.
Heart of Abalone is a tourism company that provides visitors with the opportunity to experience, learn about and contribute towards the abalone industry as it celebrates and showcases many of the achievements of Abagold. But more than that, it is aimed at bringing cultures together, helping people return to nature and fostering appreciation for life coming from the ocean. It is about reconnecting through shared experience against an established backdrop of upliftment, good corporate governance and values
So Boot-up and walk through a working abalone farm. See the abalone up close in their natural and farmed environment. Enjoy a tasting of this delicacy in various forms, soon to be paired with our selection of local wines.
For more information please contact + 27 83 556 3428 or email johan@heartofabalone.co.za or simply visit http://www.heartofabalone.co.za/

Have you seen the Whale Show

Whale Museum 1

The Whale Show is an audio-visual presentation shown daily at the Whale Museum in Hermanus.
Noel Ashton, using his paintings and scientific illustrations, will take you below the surface and bring you face to face with these magnificent ocean travellers, telling the story of their fascinating underwater lives, with a special focus on the visiting southern right whales and whale identification.
The Whale Show has been sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
The Whale Show takes place in the Whale Museum, behind Market Place in Hermanus. Running daily at 10h00, 12h00 and 15h00. For more information please contact +27 (0)28 312-1475
By early 1990′s whales became a chosen tourist attraction. Hermanus became known as the heart of the Whale Route and the museum has one of the best close up whale watching spots in town as well as a telescope. On 24 June 1991 a member of the Board of Trustees & chairman of the Friends of the Old Harbour Museum, Jose Burman, had the foresight to propose a whale museum on an open section of the Fishermen’s Village. A whale museum to inform and educate the many local visitors and learners, as well as national and international tourists, who view the beautiful whales in Walker Bay. This museum will be entirely dedicated to whale exhibits, especially the southern right, and anything pertaining to cetaceans.  Architect Pat Riley designed the ‘Whale House’ and plans were ready by the beginning of 1994. Fundraising to build was started and the support and response of the local community was excellent. The building was completed in 3 phases as funds became available, during the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees, Hans Moore: (1) Lecture Room – built by Richmond MacIntyre (1995); (2) Whale House foundation, shop, office & toilets – built by Richmond MacIntyre (1996); (3)Main Hall – built by Bruce Green (1998).

The Whale House consist of an exhibition hall especially designed to house a suspended whale skeleton and whale exhibition. Establishing a natural & cultural history exhibition in the Whale House – ‘The Whales of Walker Bay’ (Transformation Projects of the Old Harbour museum – first phase).

The adjacent Lecture Room was previously used by members of the public for lectures, talks, functions, exhibitions and arbitrations (CCMA). Since July 2007 ‘The Whale Show’ can be viewed at either 10:00 or 15:00. It is a 25 minute audio visual show compiled by artist Noel Ashton. The show sponsored by IFAW gives a superb account of these magnificent cetaceans.

The search for a ‘right’ whale skeleton was on. In 1998 negotiations was started with the Technical Division of Museum Service (Dep of Cultural Affairs) to do the research & compile a world-class exhibition on cetaceans. In July 2003 a suitable skeleton was found after many unsuccessful attempts. A young female Southern Right whale washed up on the rocks at Onrus River. She was exactly the right size. Recovery of the bones were done by taxidermist, Piet Pretorius assisted by the Overstrand Municipality and Hermanus Coast Care. Because it was at the beginning of the school holidays, a lot of interest was shown from visitors and many parents had to keep inquisitive children away from touching the smelly bones.

As this washed-up whale was in an advanced stage of decomposition, some of the bones came loose and went missing. These bones had to be remoulded by the taxidermist with a bone-like substance, which is a very costly affair. The other bones had to be cleaned and treated in huge containers filled with water and enzymes. After completion of this project, Piet Pretorios assembled all the bones to construct a complete whale that is now hanging in the Whale Museum. Pier was also was responsible for the preparation of the whale skeletons in the whale well of the Iziko/SA Museum in Cape Town.

Final preparations were started to prepare the building to hang the skeleton. The museum and Piet Pretorius consulted structural engineer, Thys van Rooyen on how to re-enforce the roof trusses to carry the weight of the whale.


Take a Fynbos Quad Biking Excursion


Fynbos Quad Biking Excursions
The fynbos quad biking tours are a favorite activity! You will ride along the edge of the Hermanus lagoon and up to high points on Mosaic Private Sanctuary. There, 360 degree views of the ocean, lagoon, and mountains will accompany you. Along the way you will learn about magnificent flora, birds, mammals, and lagoon wetlands. These beautiful characteristics are inherent to the fynbos biome of South Africa’s southern coast, and it is truly a terrain like no other. The uniqueness of beauty of this adventure makes it one you will not wish to miss during your stay at Mosaic.
Guided trips are from 1 to 3 hours on lightweight, easy to handle, 200 cc automatic quad bikes. For each person the cost is R 300 for the first hour and R 150 for each additional hour.
Quad bikes are also the vehicle of choice for trips to the Walker Bay Beach. A short 5 km away, you will cruise to the beach in minutes with our provided bikes.
For more information or to book please contact:
+27 28 313 2814 Office
+27 82 825 3211 Cell
Or email info@MosaicSouthAfrica.com

Visit the new Whale Coast Mall


Come do some retail therapy this festive season at the newly opened Whale Coast Mall

Whale Coast Mall is situated on Main Road in Sandbaai, which lies at the entrance to the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in Hermanus.  Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province.

Conveniently situated on the R43, this 30, 000m² regional centre boasts a diverse tenant mix, anchored by Checkers and Woolworths, offering guests over 85 exciting shops to choose from.  Shops range from fashion to health & beauty, home & décor, restaurants and many more well-known brands.  The mall will also offer shoppers the only multi-purpose cinema theatre in the area, Whale Coast Theatre, which will open mid-December 2017.

To further compliment the retail offering, there is ample free parking, including special designated parking bays for the disabled and Moms with toddlers.

Whale Coast Mall offers safe, convenient shopping combined with beautiful architecture and striking visual focus points making it the best shopping and leisure experience in the Overberg region.

For more information and to see the diverse mix of tenants please visit http://www.shopwhalecoastmall.co.za/

Yay it’s Friday!


YAY it’s Friday! Wishing you a relaxing weekend filled with friends, family and loved ones!

Fernkloof Nature Reserve


Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus

Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 18 square kilometres in the Kleinrivier Mountains in Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 842 m.

The name of the principal vegetation type of this region, fynbos, is derived from the Dutch word ‘fijn bosch’ which is the collective name for a myriad of evergreen shrub-like plants with small firm leaves, often rolled – but also includes woody plants with hard leathery leaves, usually broad.
The prevailing climate is Mediterranean with cold wet winters and hot dry summers with strong south easterly winds.
The Fernkloof Nature Reserve comprises 0.002% of the Cape Floral Kingdom but contains 18% of its plants in just 18 square kilometres.
There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity.
More than 1250 species of plant have thus far been collected and identified in the Reserve itself.

The Reserve lies across almost the entire northern side of the town with a 60 km network of trails.
These provide the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to enjoy some exercise and fresh air.

A display of some of the flowers that can be found in the veld at any specific time is permanently maintained at the Fernkloof Visitors’ Centre.
Grey rhebok, Cape grysbok, klipspringer, baboon, mongoose and dassie are present in small numbers. Others such as porcupine, genet and hare are nocturnal and these mammals are seldom seen.

Although not as rich in bird-life as other areas in South Africa, 100 bird species have been recorded.
Species most likely to be seen include the Cape Sugar bird, sunbirds, Rock thrush and Rock Jumper. Raptors include the Jackal buzzard and Black eagle.
Limited areas of forest alongside streams support numbers of seed and insect-eating species such as Rameron pigeon, canaries, flycatchers and white-eyes.

The various trails offer magnificent and unequalled views of Walker Bay, the Hemel en Aarde Valley and Maanskynbaai.
The custodians of Fernkloof Nature Reserve include the Overstrand Municipality, the Fernkloof Advisory Board and the Hermanus Botanical Society.
The Hermanus Botanical Society has a mandate to protect the flora and fauna and is heavily involved in educating people on the need for conservation of the Reserve.
For more information please visit http://www.fernkloof.org.za/index.php/home/about

Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk


Join us this Friday for the Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk from 5 to 8pm
First Fridays’ in Hermanus is our part of a worldwide initiative to make art and art galleries more accessible to the public. On the first Friday of every month, art galleries in the centre of Hermanus remain open until 8pm. Pick up a map at any gallery, stroll through the village, savour a glass of wine from one of our local vineyards and enjoy the astonishing range of art and fine craft on display.
The array of artworks available at the participating galleries ensures something for every palate. If you’re looking to spend R50 000 on an investment piece by a famous South African master, you’ll find it. If you’re searching for a delicate little porcelain bowl at R100, it’ll be waiting for you. If you want to see an artist at work, several of the galleries are also the home studios of resident painters and sculptors whose completed works are displayed. Ceramics, bronzes, glassware, jewellery, watercolours, African artefacts; more than enough to fill an hour or two with delight and indulgence.
Each month the Artwalk has a different theme and on most months there are also fantastic prizes up for grabs. Don’t forget to buy your First Friday walking stick from participating galleries. We will all be meeting at 18 Impala St, Hermanus at 5pm
Hope to see you all there
For more info please visit http://www.overberginfo.com/events/hermanus-first-fridays-artwalk-9/ or like the First Fridays Artwalk page on Facebook.