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Whale Watching Day Tour

Let African Experience host you on a day tour to Hermanus to experience whale watching. The town of Hermanus, surrounded by majestic mountains, is on the shores of Walker Bay on the southern coast of the Western Cape. It is famous for Southern Right whale watching during the winter to spring seasons. The whales arrive around June for calving and breeding and usually depart in early December. The whales can be seen from the cliff tops at Walker Bay or boat-based whale watching. Although the Southern Right whale is the most prolific species in the bay, it is not the only one that visits these shores. We follow Clarence Drive along the coast while you scan the ocean looking out for whales and dolphins. Having spent the day enjoying Hermanus and surrounds, the route back towards Cape Town takes us over the spectacular Hottentots Holland Mountain range offering breathtaking views. Rich in natural beauty this Whale Watching day tour is highly recommended.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Clarence Drive is a magnificent scenic coastal drive between the naval town of Gordons Bay and windswept hamlet of Rooi-Els and the naval town of Gordons Bay. This beautiful, coastal drive stretches between the two towns over 21 km, hugging the wild turquoise Cape coastline all the way.

  • Enjoy a boat trip across Walker Bay and experience these amazing creatures so close you can hear them breather!

  • Gearings 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 indigenous fynbos with endemic birds and not so shy Rock Hyrax.

  • Wander around the old harbour area and experience the quaintness of this seaside town with a selection of galleries, fashion and jewellery boutiques and an outdoor market offering locally crafted curious and souvenirs.

  • Returning to Cape Town over the Hottentots Holland Mountains, Sir Lowry's Pass summits at 920 meters and has some truly breath taking 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.

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  • En 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 the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.

  • Take a leisurely stroll through the Harold Porter Botanical Garden. This lovely garden is situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest. The garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools.

  • Explore the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Wine Valley near Hermanus. The past two decades has seen this area transformed vineyards stretching throughout the valley. Sample award wining wines while taking in mountain and ocean views.

  • Enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. We have a few we can highly recommend.

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