Let African Experience host you on a day tour of whale watching in Hermanus. The town of Hermanus, on the shores of Walker Bay and surrounded by majestic mountains, is renowned for being one of the best land based whale watching places in the world. Arriving from the south are the magnificent Southern Right Whales; who, during the calving and breeding period, join our resident sea mammals for a period ( June-December ). The whales can be seen from the cliff tops of Walker Bay or boat-based watching. We follow Clarence Drive along the coast of False Bay while you scan the ocean for whales and dolphins. Having spent the day exploring Hermanus and surrounds, the route back towards Cape Town takes us over the spectacular Hottentots Holland Mountain range offering breath taking views.
Rich in natural beauty this Whale watching day tour is highly recommended.
- Clarence Drive is a magnificent scenic coastal drive between the naval town of Gordon's Bay and the windswept hamlet of Rooi-Els. This marine drive stretches between the two towns for over 20km, hugging the wild turquoise Cape coastline all the way and is the perfect chance to begin looking for whales and dolphins.
- Enjoy a boat trip across Walker Bay and experience our amazing sea creatures so close you can hear them breathe!
- Gearing Point at the old Hermanus harbour is the perfect start to whale watching. Unobstructed views across Walker Bay offer perfect land based viewing of the amazing Southern Right Whales.
- Take a stroll along the pathways on the cliffs of Walker Bay which offer an opportunity to take in the unique endemic vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, indigenous birds and not so shy Rock Hyrax ( Dassie ).
- Wander around the old Hermanus harbour area and experience the quaintness and tranquility of this seaside town. Browse galleries and boutiques and explore the outdoor market offering locally crafted curios and souvenirs.
- Returning to Cape Town over the Hottentos Holland Mountains, Sir Lowry's Pass summits at 920m and offers superb views over False Bay, the Cape Flats and Table Mountain in the distance.
We offer a Whale watching day tour to suit your timing and interests and will happily host you and your group on a bespoke itinerary. Below are a few more sites and activities you may want to include during your tour with us.
- On route to Hermanus is the quaint coastal town of Betty's Bay and the Stony Point Nature Reserve which is home to a colony of African Penguins. Stony Point offers a chance to see theses wonderful flightless birds up close and in their natural environment. A boardwalk through the colony allows them to be observed with out disturbing or interfering with them.
- Take a leisurely stroll through the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. This lovely garden is situated in the center of the coastal fynbos and is renowned for the waterfalls and amber pools in the garden.
- Explore the Hemel-en-Aarde ( Heaven and Earth ) wine valley near Hermanus. One of the few areas in the Cape to successfully grow Pinot Noir, the past two decades has seen this area transformed by vineyards stretching through the valley. Sample award wining wines while taking in the mountain and ocean views.
- Enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. We have a few we can highly recommend.