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Whale-watching in Hermanus

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    July to November: Wednesday , Friday & Sunday

  • Duration

    9.5 hours

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point
    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in central Cape Town

Key Highlights

  • Hermanus is a world-famous whale watching destination
  • See graceful acrobatics by the great Southern Right Whales
  • The whales come to within 20 metres of the shore
  • Meet the colony of cute penguins(Sunday only)
  • Wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson


Take a tour of the charming seaside town of Hermanus and spend the day whale watching on this South African excursion. Begin the tour with a drive along a winding mountainous road and you will be delighted by panoramic views of the region. Nestled between towering mountains and the sea below, Hermanus will charm you at first glance.

Keep your camera handy to capture an image of the town’s most popular visitor, the Southern Right Whale. From a distance of 20 metres from the shore, these mammals will provide whale-watchers with spectacular displays of raw power as well as elegant water acrobatics.


In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in central Cape Town and taken on a tour of Hermanus. There will be commentary in English in the vehicle.

This circular tour takes you over a mountain pass to the seaside town of Hermanus. This town, nestled between mountains and the sea is not only very beautiful but offers some of the best shore-based whale watching opportunities in the world (August – November). Close sightings of the Southern Right whale are likely.

Your journey continues into the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth) to the Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate where we are treated to tasting some of their delicious wines. This wine estate is closed on Sundays, but a visit to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony will be included instead, to have a look at a unique colony of African penguins (time permitting) before returning to Cape Town in the afternoon.


  • Visit to Hermanus village
  • Shore based whale watching
  • Wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson wine estate (Wednesday & Friday)
  • Visit to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony (Sunday)


  • Lunch 
  • Boat-based whale watching (weather permitting)

Please note

Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

Minimum 2 adults required

Please note that whale sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Child Policy:

No children under 2 years.

Children aged 2-11 years - 1 Child traveling with 1 full paying adult will receive a 50% discount off the adult rate.

Children 2 & 3yrs old must be fasten in a car.

Car seats are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Parents are welcome to bring their own car seat.

1 x wine tasting included on wed & fri departures only.

On sundays a visit to stoney point penguins will included instead of wine tasting as the wine estate is closed on Sunday.

Customer Reviews

    More than just whales!

    The trip to Hermanus is a great way to experience that part of the Cape. The scenery is spectacular. The whales were elusive, but we did spot a couple on the way. Our driver...

    United States 09/27/2013

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