Visit the town of Hermanus – acclaimed to be the world’s best land based whale viewing site.

Full Day

Whales in July – November

- Visit the town of Hermanus – acclaimed to be the world’s best land based whale viewing site.

- Viewing of Southern Right Whales dependant on locations.

- Scenic Views of Walker Bay from Rotary Drive.

- Walk along the clifftops and around the old harbour.

- Optional wine tasting – wine village has largest selection of wines under one roof in South Africa.

- Visit to a beautiful botanical garden – time permitting.

- Spectacular mountain and seaside drives.

- Boat based whale watching can be arranged – this is an additional cost and is dependant on numbers.


Fees exclude lunch costs (Lunch at reputable restaurant)

Whales in Season Yes
Botanical Gardens Yes
Wine Tasting Yes
Visit Old Harbour Yes
Spectacular Drives Yes

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Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but shortened as the name was too long for the postal service), is a town with 80,400 inhabitants (2011 census) on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous for southern right whale watching during the southern winter and spring and is a popular retirement town. The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre as early as June and usually depart in early December. They were once hunted in the nearby town of Betty's Bay, but are now protected to ensure the survival of the species. The Old Harbour Museum contains several exhibitions that explain the whaling industry, and the De Wetshuis Photo Museum houses an exhibition of photos by T D Ravenscroft that depicts the history of Hermanus. The Whale Museum houses a skeleton of a whale and an shows an audio-visual presentation of whales and dolphins twice daily.

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