Magnificent views of False Bay from the scenic coastal road, Clarence Drive
World-renowned land-based whale watching in Hermanus
Optional boat-based whale watching
Optional The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
Optional Wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson Winery in the lovely Hemel & Aarde Valley (Heaven & Earth)
Optional private or shared transfers from your hotel & back
Whale Watching Tour
South Africa may be known for its Big Five, but the marine wildlife is just as impressive! Every year, southern right whales take a vacation in Cape waters, treating Cape Town locals to a display of breaching, fluking, spouting, and spyhopping.
Hermanus is rated as one of the top 12 whale-watching locations in the world by the World Wildlife Fund. It offers some fine land-based viewing opportunities because the whales often come within meters of the shoreline. There are viewing terraces at the Old Harbour, and Gearings Point is a popular spot. During the whale watching season, a Whale Crier alerts watchers to the presence of whales by blowing on a kelp horn. To fully immerse yourself in the whale experience, visit Hermanus during the first week of October when the seaside town hosts an annual whale festival—a celebration of all things cetacean. Of the whale species seen in the waters around the Cape, southern right whales are the most common. However, you might also get a chance to see humpback whales and Bryde’s whales.