Witness the largest mammal on earth from point blank range. Whales in Hermanus can be viewed from land but the boat-based experience is second to none. These inquisitive animals are known to swim towards the boats to observe and giving the whale watchers a good view of their impressive stature.
After your pickup from your hotel by a qualified and professional guide, you will be driven past Khayelitsha and over the Cape folded belt into Hermanus where you will join a group on a boat to find the whales. The journey back to Cape town after whale watching is one of the most beautiful costal routes in the country. You will also have a chance to stop at Stoney point penguin colony before you are dropped off at your hotel.
All our guides/driver as well as boat skippers have been trained and educated to help minimise the spread of Covid-19.We also do have the PPE equipements onboard to help combat the spread of the virus.The transportation from Cape town to Hermanus is private and our guest will join a small group on the boat once they have arrived in Hermanus.
Public transportation nearby
Infant seats available
Not wheelchair accessible
Not stroller accessible
Not suitable for pets
Infants must not sit on laps
Not recommended for people with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Not recommended for people with heart conditions
Guest should kindly wait to be picked up from hotel lobby or at reception
Whale watching boat fee
Experience Type:Day tour / activity (Private)
Booking In Advance:Cut off: 1 day
Categories:Cultural and theme tours,Day trips and excursions,Shore excursions,Luxury and special occasions,Bus / minivan tour,Luxury ,Private experience
Live tour guide:English
En-route to Hermanus and 40 minutes east of Cape town stands the Hottentots Holand Mountain range at about 1000 meters above sea level. The Hottentots mountains were forced up from underground by converging plates over a 100 million years ago. The geologically know Cape folded belt mountain range makes for such beautiful scenery as our journey meanders along the sir Lowry's pass that goes over these dramatic mountains and to the Overberg region of Cape town.
drive by without stopping Elgin is the largest apple growing town in South Africa. Her lushness amuses and smoothens one's spirit as you drive through towards Hermanus. \
Resting at the foot of the Lions head mountain, Bantry bay is one of Africa's most plush suburbs and environmental studies has also proven that this mountain side suburb is wind free and thanks to the Lion's head, the famous mountain shields this affluent suburb from the south eastern winds of Cape town.
Hermanus new harbor
Upon reaching Hermanus new Harbour. Guest will be provided with a 20-minute safety briefing as well what they may expect to see once they sail out to sea. Marine biologist will give full details about the whales. From why they come to our shores during this time of the year as well as some of their most common traits. Our big boat carries a maximum of 80 people but we only sail with 65 to enhance a much better experience. By being inquisitive animals as they are, Southern right whales are known to approach the boats most of the times to observe. This behavior gives guest a much closer view of these huge animals. Some of them weighing up to 50 tons. That is equivalent to 10 fully grown African elephants! The b oat trip will be roughly 2 hours long.
Hermanus is a quaint and coastal town just an hour and a half east of Cape town City. Known for its sea food restaurants and also the Southern right whale's breeding warm waters. Should you still be keen to see more whales after the boat trip, Intriguing coastal walking trails where whales can be spotted from land are not to be missed. While we are still in Hermanus, guests will also have a chance to have lunch at a restaurant of your choice or do some shopping before we had back to Cape town via the beautiful whale coast route.
On the way back to Cape town along the route 44 or the whale coast route. We will have an opportunity to visit a large penguin colony in a town called Betty's bay. Stony point is one of South Africa's only two mainland penguin colonies and the other one being Boulders beach near Cape of good hope. One of the best reasons to visit stony point is that since it is far away from most big town, it is usually much quieter and less busy than the very well-known boulders beach.
Our journey back to Cape Town will continue along the beautiful whale coast and passing by interesting towns that were established as whaling towns before the banning of whaling in the 1930s e.g Kleinmond, Pringle bay, Rooi-els and Gordon's bay. Guest will be dropped off at their desired location in Cape town to conclude our eventful day.
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event
We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 1000 days or less before the event