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From Cape Town: Full Day Tour to Hermanus

1. From Cape Town: Full Day Tour to Hermanus

Every year, from June to December a magical event takes place. The Southern Right Whales come to bask in the warm waters off the Hermanus coastline. This beautiful gift of nature cannot be missed when you are in Cape Town. This full-day whale watching and sightseeing tour will not only take you the Hermanus coastline, but will guide you along the scenic coast. Led by a registered tour guide the route will take you through the charming seaside towns of Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay. You will also have the chance to visit the famed Harold Porter Botanical Garden, the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, the Eglin region and Sir Lowry’s Pass. Of course, the highlight of this trip will undoubtedly be taking the time to watch the whales frolic in the warm waters. As an added option you are also welcome take a boat to look at them more closely. This tour is the perfect option for those looking to take part in a unique Cape Town experience.

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Hermanus: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

2. Hermanus: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Hermanus is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals, with spectacular seasonal visits from southern right and humpback whales and year-round sightings of Bryde’s whales and enormous pods of dolphins. Experience this marine safari that awaits you! The purpose-built catamaran ensures maximum passenger comfort and spectacular viewing opportunities. During the tour, the friendly crew is on hand to make sure everyone has a great experience, from helping get the perfect photo to serving complimentary light refreshments. The guide, a whale specialist, will interpret the marine life encountered en route and provide insight into the behavior of the whales while the action is taking place. The expert videographer will ensure the best footage is captured. The team add that personal touch to ensure that you have a great experience, and work under the motto "Observing, not Disturbing". All tours are weather permitting.

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From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

3. From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

Join the most prolific Whale Watching Operator in the Hermanus area, launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders, proven to be the best area with the highest concentration of whales on the South African Coastline. Along the way hear about local commentary of whales, and facts about right whales. Learn about the habitats and their feeding processes. Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals and other marine life. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, false killer whales and enchanting African penguins. This tour offers a great selection of marine life, that you can get up close with wild animals. Relax without ethical dilemma as you support businesses that celebrate animals in the wild. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.

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Full Day Trip to Hermanus from Cape Town

4. Full Day Trip to Hermanus from Cape Town

This circular tour takes you over a mountain pass to the seaside town of Hermanus. This town, nestled between mountains and the sea is not only very beautiful but offers some of the best shore based whale watching opportunities in the world (August – November). Close sightings of the Southern Right whale are likely. On the return journey we follow the coastline with the possibility of further sightings of whales (and even the possibility of sighting dolphins). On the return journey you will visit Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate for a wine tasting near Betty’s Bay to have a look at the penguins (optional, for own account and time permitting) before returning to Cape Town in the afternoon. On Sundays, a stop is made at stony point instead of wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson.

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Western Cape: Safari and Whale Coast 2-Day Private Tour

5. Western Cape: Safari and Whale Coast 2-Day Private Tour

This private tour itinerary is designed with the esteemed safari-seeker with limited time in mind and offers a comprehensive look into Africa’s unofficial “Big 6”: whales, penguins, lions, buffalo, rhino, and elephants. With a guaranteed window seat, you’ll be sure to see ever exhilarating moment first.  Day 1: Cape Town to Botlierskop (D)   After an early-morning pickup, set out from Cape Town and head along the spectacular Clarence Drive, winding along the coastal road and marvelling at the dramatic twists where the ocean meets the mountain slopes. From a visit with adorable Betty’s Bay African penguins to spectacular land-based whale watching, your first day is a coastal dream with picture-perfect views of dramatic ocean scenes.   Continue on to the little hamlet of Hermanus, known around the world for its unparalleled land-based whale watching. Set off on a light hike amongst the indigenous fynbos to get the perfect vantage point to see the jumping whales. June to November is whale season in Hermanus, and the bay sees huge numbers of calving southern-right and humpback whales pop in to wave a fin at onlookers. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised by the magnificent surrounding scenery and intricate sights and smells of fynbos lining the paths.   After lunch, head towards your luxurious base for the night, Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. This 4200-hectare private reserve has sprawling views of the Outeniqua mountains and the Indian Ocean. Home to four of the Big 5, Botlierskop offers a host of unrivalled wild game viewing options. Your hideaway takes the form of a colonial-style tented suite, taking glamping to a whole new level and offering all the creature comforts of luxury living. Dinner under the brightly sparkling sky is included at the African-inspired lodge.   Day 2: Botlierskop to Cape Town (B)   Day 2 begins with a 3-hour sunrise 4x4 game drive. Rise early as the bush awakes, and expect wild encounters with giraffes, elephants, Cape mountain zebra, buffalo, vervet monkeys, waterbuck, endangered white rhino, and more. Your expert game ranger is meticulously trained to spot animals and follow their tracks to ensure you get sensational sightings. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive apex predator, the lion.   This adventure will be followed by a full breakfast. Then, choose either an immersive 1-hour horseback safari or a 30-minute indulgent bush spa treatment. After the morning’s indulgences, you’ll arrive back in Cape Town by late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Hermanus

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 64 reviews

We went there at the end of the whale season. On the day of our tour we received a call that our whale watching was canceled due to the bad weather and that we could be rescheduled for the next day. In the morning it should also be more likely to see whales. We then did the 9 o'clock tour the next day and actually saw a mother with a calf and a single whale that came very close to us on the boat. Countless penguins and seals could also be seen. A great, exciting experience!

Our driver was on time and friendly, and stopped at a lot of good places. He was very good. Going out on a boat to watch whales is NOT included in the price. We did this and saw two whales, but sea rough making it slightly unpleasant.

Very well organized company with a nice big boat. In advance you get free coffee + tea and an introduction to the world of whales. You even get a bottle of water for the trip.

Very good organization, nice crew. Unfortunately, whales weren't as close to the boat as we had hoped, but we were very happy to meet the animals!

It was a super organized tour, great guides and wonderful impressions. You got a lot of information and to see the whales up close.