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Whale-watching in Hermanus

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    • Adults (13+)
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  • Minimum number of travellers for this product is 2.
    • 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 a colony of cute penguins
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Jul - 30 Nov: Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays


    8.5 hours

    Start Time


    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in central Cape Town.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in central Cape Town

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview 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 the 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 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 coach from your hotel in central Cape Town and taken on a tour of Hermanus. There will be commentary in English in the coach.

    Travel on the coastal road to 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.

    On the return journey we follow the coastline with the possibility of further sightings of whales (and even the possibility of sighting dolphins). A stop is made at Stoney Point, near Betty’s Bay to have a look at the penguins (optional, for own account & time permitting) and a wine tasting will be enjoyed before returning to Cape Town in the afternoon.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned coach
    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
    • Commentary in English
    • 1 wine tasting
    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    Minimum 2 guests required.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • 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 enhanced...

      MARY J RINEHART, United States, 27/Sep/2013

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