Hermanus Whale Tour
- South Africa, Stellenbosch
Witnessing a Southern Right Whale leaping out of the water and crashing back in a spray of mist is a moment that will be etched in your memory for years to come. From July to November each year, these magnificent creatures make an unexpected appearance in the charming fishing village of Hermanus. They arrive to give birth and find respite for a few months before continuing their journey. Our tour departs from Stellenbosch, leading you towards the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains. The panoramic view of False Bay from the pinnacle of Sir Lowry’s Pass is genuinely breathtaking.
Whale Watching Tour
Early morning departure from Cape Town/Stellenbosch. Drive through the picturesque Hottentots Holland mountains. Stop at a roadside farm stall in the fruit-growing region of Elgin for fresh farm products. Arrive in Hermanus, the whale haven, and enjoy a walk along the cliff path to spot Southern Right Whales. Optional boat trip from New Harbor for a close encounter with the whales. Lunch at Bientangs Cave, a unique cliffside restaurant overlooking the ocean and whales. Visit the iconic Whale Crier with his Kelp Horn in Hermanus. Scenic coastal drive from Hermanus to Gordons Bay. Explore the Stoney Point Penguin Colony in Betty’s Bay. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Frequently Asked Questions
How likely are we to spot Southern Right Whales during the tour?
While we cannot guarantee specific wildlife sightings, our tour is carefully timed during the Southern Right Whale’s calving season (July to November) in Hermanus, maximizing the chances of observing these magnificent creatures up close. The experienced guides enhance your opportunities to witness these whales in their natural habitat.
Is the optional boat trip suitable for all ages?
The optional boat trip from New Harbor is generally suitable for all ages. However, it is advisable for participants to inquire about the boat’s stability and consult with the tour organizers if they have any concerns regarding sea travel, especially for elderly individuals or those with mobility issues.
Is the Stoney Point Penguin Colony visit guided?
Yes, the visit to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony in Betty’s Bay includes a guided tour. Knowledgeable guides will provide insights into the behavior and habitat of the African Penguins, enhancing your understanding of these fascinating creatures in their natural environment.
Are there minimum numbers required for this tour to go ahead?
Minimum numbers of 2 required for tour to go ahead.