1. Fernkloof Nature Reserve & Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
Other highlights that you will enjoy on this Cape Town tour include a visit to the beautiful Fernkloof Nature Reserve, which spans 2000 hectares of montain and coastal fynbos as well as a huge number of birds and smaller mammals. The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens is another highlight for nature-lovers, while on weekdays and Saturdays, a trip through the Hamilton Russell Wine Estate offers a glimpse into Hermanus’ viticulture.
The drive along Sir Lowry’s Pass through the sleepy coastal towns of the Whale Route offer spectacular views of the Cape coastline, and in your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle you will be able to relax and enjoy the sights on this memorable Cape whale-watching tour.
As one of the top destinations for whale-watching, Hermanus is perfectly positioned to offer the best viewing directly from the shore. You will be able to watch as these giants of the deep frolic in the waves, and launch out of the water to breach.
Hermanus is the only town in the world that has a ‘whale crier’ officially on duty during the whaling season and this is a popular attraction on whale watching tours in this town. Stationed at a prime vantage point, the crier is able to spot whales and then sound his horn to let bystanders know that there are whales in the bay.
The town was once a prime whaling station, and with its sheltered bay that draws the whales to this area each year, Hermanus was one of the more lucrative whaling stations in South Africa. The Old Harbour Museum has a number of relics left over from this era.
3. Whale Watching - The Southern Right Whale
The Southern Right whale got its name in the days of whaling many centuries ago – the size of the whale and the fact that it floated once it had been harpooned made it the ‘right’ whale for whalers to catch. Commercial whaling has since been banned throughout most of the world for the past 20 years, but these beautiful animals are nevertheless classified as endangered. There are around 3000 Southern Right whales left in the seas today.
An interesting trait that is unique to the Southern Right Whale is 'sailing' – the whales use their elevated flukes to catch the wind. This behaviour is thought to be a form of play and is commonly seen off the coast South Africa.
General information and conditions of carriage prices, routes, places of interest, destinations, hotels and restaurants are subject to availability and to change
Tour departure and arrival are approximate
German, French, Spanish as well as other foreign language guides are available on request
All our vehicles are insured substantially for passenger liability
All tours are subject to minimum number of passengers
Luggage and personal possessions are carried at your own risk
Please ensure that valuables and travel documents are kept safe at all times
Please note that whale sightings are seasonal therefore this tour is only available from June to November. You can however book the route on a private basis any time of the year.
Whale tours only runs from August to November
In case of non-presentation on the tours, full cancellation fees will apply.
You can cancel until 48 hours before your tours.
This activity is for people (1-99) age.
Check availability calendar to see starting times & offers.
It starts from 42 for children who less than 12
It starts from 83 for people who more than 12