Cape Town - Hermanus is a year-round crowd magnet for multiple reasons. Beautiful nature hikes, extraordinary wines unique to the heavenly Hemel-en Aarde Wine Valley terroir, pristine beaches, an exciting array of craft, art and lifestyle shops, an inviting selection of seaside seafood restaurants, and of course, the celebrities of this seafront town, turned tourist hot spot - the whales.
Hermanus hosts the annual Whale Festival that attracts visitors from all walks of life. This year the masses will arrive for the annual Whale Festival from 30 September to 2 October. The whales, however, do not arrive only for the festival. They grace Walker Bay from as early as June through to November. It is no surprise that Hermanus has been included under the top 12 whale watching destinations in the world by WWF, as you are guaranteed to spot the giants between September and November.
Click here to see the handy whale watching guide and get whale spotting!
To get our travellers in the whale watching mood, we have selected a few of our favourite whale shots. A reminder of why visitors keep coming back to meet up with these magnificent creatures.
ALSO SEE: A Whale-spotting wine escape in Hermanus
This year try something different - there are plenty of ways to spot the giant Southern right whales:
1. Hermanus is believed to be the best land based whale watching destination in the world. Grab a few scoops of Gelato and spot them from the old harbour area.
2. Or live a little dangerously and join them in the Bay. Book a whale watching kayak trip or play it safe(er) on a whale cruise.
3. A scenic flight will give you a seabird's eye view. Click here for more info.
4. The 12km cliff path combines your whale-watching day with a beautiful scenic route joining the well-loved Hermanus beaches to the buzzing village area.
5. Whale-watching accompanied by a seafood platter at Bientang's Cave? Yup, you might even get a bit of spray coming your way.
6. And then there's the very odd occasion that you will be joined in the surf by a southern right. (Photo by Dave de Beer)
ALSO SEE: PICS: Stoked Southern Right whale hits the waves alongside Hermanus surfers
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