Spectacular coastline, impressive mountain ranges and an abundance of good wine all lead to the once-in-a- lifetime sighting of Southern Right Whales basking in the warmth of Walker Bay, between July and November -
this is Hermanus, and there is no better way to experience this than via our private Hermanus Tour.
A day-trip out of Cape Town to the seaside town of Hermanus is definitely worthwhile. We recommend this journey to our discerning clients whether it is whale season or not. We leave Cape Town and drive along the picturesque Clarens Drive, a well-maintained road that hugs the rugged coastline as it cuts through the steep Kogelberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains. We can make a stop at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, a showcase of lush and healthy endemic Fynbos flora thriving in 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 of the Southern Right Whales who have migrated from the icy Antarctica to breed and calve in the warmth and protection of Walker Bay. If you take this tour during whale season, between July and November, the chances of us seeing whales is extremely high, as Hermanus boasts the best land-based whale watching in the world. If we don’t see the whales from land, we can take a boat trip which will increase our chances of seeing whales as well as dolphin species and other sea life.
Hermanus enjoys the reputation as the most popular Western Cape holiday town, and it is an interesting town to explore with excellent food and wine as well as quaint art and curio shops. We make time for you to explore the town before settling down to a scrumptious seafood lunch. Alternatively, there are some wonderful restaurants slightly out of town in the nearby Hemel and Aarde Vallei, ‘Heaven and Earth Valley’.
If you enjoy great wines, the Heaven and Earth Valley is a small but highly successful boutique wine farming region, and your Cape Town Tour Guide can lead you to the finest of these establishments for an excellent meal and wine-tastings.