Our Hermanus tours can be a day tour from Cape Town or a 1 or 2 night stay..it can also be incorporated as a stop along the way up to the Garden Route.
Hermanus is built along the shores of Walker Bay near the Southern most tip of Africa.
Magnificent mountains watch over the town which is home of the Southern Right Whale.
Nature lovers from all over the world visit Hermanus to view these magnificent creatures from the best land based whale watching destination in the world.
Known as the heart of the whale route, the seaside resort of Hermanus in Walker Bay offers the best land based whale watching in the world.
Our Hermanus tour is some what unstructured,as a cliff path stretching from the one side of the town to the other,hugs the coastline for about 12 km giving whale watchers unlimited opportunities to study and get within 20 m of the gentle giants in the coves below or lolling just beyond the breakers.
Telescopes situated alongside the Old Harbour Museum makes it possible to survey the entire Walker Bay and the whales and dolphins at close range.
The only Whale Crier in the world is not only a major attraction but keeps visitors informed as to the whereabouts of the whales as he does his rounds through town every day.
The sound of his kelp horn has become a characteristic of the charm of this seaside resort during the whale season.
Other excellent whale watching spots include Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, De Kelders (a favourite viewing spot when the Southeaster blows – providing perfect shelter), Gansbaai, and De Hoop Nature Reserve beyond Struisbaai that is a favourite calving area and the largest concentration of whales is often found here.
The whales seen most frequently along the Overberg coastal areas are the Southern Right Whales that have been protected internationally since 1935, but other species do make an appearance occasionally.
Southern Right whales can be distinguished from other whales from its V-shaped ‘blow’ and the callosities which appear around its head. They start arriving in May in order to calf in the shallow water, to raise their young or to mate.
Peak times for seeing whales daily is from August to November, tailing off in December. Bryde’s whales live year-round on the continental shelf.
Each year between June and December, Hermanus becomes home to a large number of Southern Right Whales.
They flock to the shores of the Western Cape to mate and calve, but more importantly, to awe spectators.
Hermanus has become known for being the best place in the world to do land based whale watching. With a 12 kilometer stretch of cliff paths, visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of the village, while being entertained by the antics of these giants of the sea. Whales can sometimes be seen from as close as five meters from the rocky cliffs.
Interpretative signboards, providing visitors with essential information on the Southern Right whales can be found at various points between Grotto (Blue Flag) Beach and the New Harbour.
Although the season starts in June, the peak whale season, with sightings virtually guaranteed on a daily basis, is from August untill the end of October. Most calves are born during August and September, with the whale population peaking during October.
For the past few years a couple of Tour Operators were granted licenses to take whale watchers out on the sea. Strict regulations prevent boat based operators from venturing closer than 50m to the whales. This doesn’t seem to be deterring the whales though; there are regular reports of them making unannounced appearances very close to the boats.
The Worlds only Whale Crier
Hermanus also houses the worlds only Whale Crier, Wilson Salukazana, who patrols the streets and cliff paths, alerting everyone to the whereabouts of the whales by blowing on his kelp horn.
Different horn “codes” refer to different points along the coastline where whales have been spotted. The key to these codes is found on the sandwich board he wears as part of his outfit.
From June to November, the Whale Crier can be found doing his rounds along the coastline between 10:00-16:00 daily.
Your first stop on our Hermanus Tours could be historic Vergelegen Wine Estate famous for its Cape Dutch Manor house, rose and herb gardens and the oldest Camphor trees in South Africa.
From there you travel over Sir Lowry’s Pass with its spectacular views of False Bay and the mountains of the Cape.
Enjoy tea or coffee at one of the delightful farm stalls en route to Hermanus. In Hermanus you head to viewpoints to marvel at the Southern Right whales in Walker Bay.
After lunch you travel along the scenic False Bay Coastline.
We stop at the Harold Porter Botanical garden before continuing through the coastal towns of Gordons Bay and Strand and back to Cape Town. Full Day.