The Southern Right Whale comes north from Antarctica every year between July to November to mate, the following year she comes to calve and the third year she takes a rest. Hermanus offers excellent whale viewing opportunities form the shore or boat. It is a beautiful town with stunning views from the cliff top.
It is a good hour and a half drive to this quaint little Sea Side village, so we take a leisurely drive stopping along the way for coffee and some locally made confectionary at the farm stalls along the way, particularly in the Apple growing area of Grabouw.
I like to take a meander up Rotary Drive which offers the most beautiful views of little town and Walker Bay. Sometimes you can watch the Paragliders leaping from the slopes of the mountain which is also great.
If you would like to board a whale watching boat you can do so at noon, if not we can take our time and have a leisurely lunch and a stroll along the cliff tops and watch the whales breaching and generally having a good time. There is a vibrant market where you can purchase souvenirs and some lovely Art Galleries if you are keen on art.
Another fun activity in Hermanus is to go Kayaking in the Bay, you may be able to get quite close and personal with a whale or two!
Alternatively we could have lunch in one of the very good restaurants in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Heaven on Earth) and spend some time visiting some of the best wine farms in the country offering the most stunning views. If you like Pinot Noir, this is the best place to find it as the cool sea breeze coming off the sea and the good soil is the perfect Terroir for this cultivar.
We take the very scenic route home through picturesque towns like Pringle Bay and Betties Bay.
A visit to the Stony Point Penguin Colony is a great stop on the Whale Watching Tour. This colony is bigger than Boulders and quite spectacular.
Another option on the Whale Watching Tour is to visit the Cheetah Outreach Program in the Strand. This project is aimed at raising people’s awareness of the plight of the much endangered Cheetah in particular and nature conservation in general. They breed the Anatolian Sheepdog which keep the Cheetahs away from livestock and reduce the incidence of them being shot or poisoned by farmers.
To allow for maximum flexibility, the tariff includes:
- the use of the vehicle
- driver/guide for around 8 to 9 hours
- toll fees
- fuel and refreshments on board the vehicle
All entrance fees are excluded.
Whilst lunch, entrance fees and gratuities are not included in the prices, they can be included on request.
All prices are subject to change.
Due to the distance involved, collection will be around 08h00, but we do it at your pace so times may vary according to your preference, the day is yours. We usually return around 18h00.
The 7 seater luxury air-conditioned vehicle will be stocked with water and be driven with your comfort and safety in mind. Join us for an unforgettable tour!