The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recognised Hermanus as being one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world. Between July and November – winter to spring in the Southern Hemisphere – Southern Right Whales migrate all the way from the Antarctic to Walker Bay to calf and mate. Calves are typically born in August and September, after which the bulls start arriving in October with only one purpose in mind.
The road to Hermanus is a rare treat. Driving along Clarens Drive from Cape Town, the views of False Bay will be etched into your memory for many years to come. When we arrive in this delightful holiday town, we head straight for the cliffs of Walker Bay to see what our friends from the deep are up to.
|DEPARTS||± 08:00 from your hotel|
|DURATION||± 10 hours|
|SEASON||available July to November only
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee whale sightings, but we will do everything we can to secure the best viewing point
|IMPORTANT||You’ll be outdoors for much of the tour, so be sure to use sun protection or protective clothing. If you’re prone to sea sickness, we advise that you use preventative treatment|
They’re not always in a theatrical mood and could be performing their breathtaking dance far out at sea. In these cases, you could take a boat out to get a front-row seat.
From Hermanus, we head deeper into the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Afrikaans/Dutch for Heaven and Earth) – a region celebrated internationally for its impeccable wines, particularly Chardonnay. We indulge ourselves in a wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson or a similar wine estate. When it comes to exemplary wine estates, we’re spoiled for choice in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
On the way back to Cape Town, we make a pitstop at Peregrine Farm Stall, a roadside restaurant and deli whose reputation for making the most delicious jams, preserves, tarts, pies and pastries is well known across the Cape. From here, we return via Sir Lowry’s Pass – with panoramic views of the False Bay coastline and, on a clear day, Cape Point.
All our tours can be adapted for a more private experience. Please get in touch with us to find out what we can do for you.