More about The Cape Whale Route and Hermanus Tour
Between July and November we see the Southern Right Whales move up from Antartica into into the relatively warmer water of Walker Bay, we invite you to come and see these gentle giants of the ocean. If you enjoy spectacular coastlines, mountains and good wine then this tour is worthwile doing, even out of whale season.
A trip out of Cape Town to Hermanus is definitely worthwhile. We recommend this journey whether it is whale season or not. The day normally starts with us leaving Cape Town and driving along the beautifully picturesque Clarens Drive. This well maintained road hugs the coastline as it undercuts the steep Kogelberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains above, this is really a great view as you can see in the centre picture below. We then pop into The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, a well presented showcase of lush and healthy endemic Fynbos nestled into a deep ravine in the Kogelberg Mountain. After strolling through the gardens we make our way to Hermanus to see if we can spot some whales. If it is whale season the chances of us seeing whales is extremely high. Hermanus boasts to have the best land based whale watching in the world. If we don’t see the whales from land we may take a boat trip which will then increase our chances of seeing whales and even dolphin amongst other sea life.
Hermanus is a considered to be our most popular Western Cape holiday town and is an interesting town to explore with quaint little art and curio shops. Sometimes we spend some time just exploring the town before settling down to a scrumptious seafood lunch. Alternatively there are some wonderful restaurants slightly out of town in what is known as the Heaven and Earth Valley.
If you enjoy wines, the Heaven and Earth Valley is a small but highly successful boutique wine farm region just outside Hermanus, we can definitely stop into a couple of these fine establishments to taste their Heavenly and Earthly wines. Lastly we drive up Hermanus' Rotary drive which presents us with a aerial view across Walker Bay, from here we can marvel at the mountains, beaches and whales far in the distance.
We make our way back along a different route which takes us through Elgin, the apple growing region of the Cape, we can stop here at a local farms stall and taste their produce, we then pass by these orchids as we climb over Sir Lowry’s Pass and drop back down into the Cape Town area.