Are you ready for an early morning start and embark on a journey to Hermanus, a small town near Cape Town, known as the best place to do whale watching either from a boat or the cliffs on our seasonal tour offered between June and December?
If you answer is yes, then embrace the beauty of nature as well will embark on this whale watching journey to see the gigantic mammals in the ocean, the Southern Right Whales. Let one of the best whale viewing spots in the world expose you to the giants of the oceans, observe their motions as they move sequential and see the impact of their mass through the reactionary movement of the water as they move. Curious and enticed for interaction with the vessels the Southern Right Whales are beautiful creatures and a big presence in the Hermanus waters. Let the picture friendly town of Hermanus host, entertain, feed and amaze you with its beauty. The town will house you, the mountains offering spectacular sights and its sea refreshing breezes.
This picturesque whale tour takes you over the mountains to the seaside town of Hermanus. Set between mountains and the sea, Hermanus is not only very striking but offers some of the greatest land based opportunities for whale watching in the world. Close sightings of the Southern Right whale are likely. On the drive back we follow the coastline, which gives further possibility of whale and even dolphin sightings. A stop is made at Stony Point, near Betty’s Bay to see the penguin colony before returning back to Cape Town.
Places of Interest
Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world.
Located in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, the Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Stony Point offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.
Also present in the colony are three species of cormorant; the Crowned cormorant, Cape cormorant and Bank cormorant, all of which breed on the outer rocks. There are also Hartlaub’s Gulls and Kelp Gulls which forage in the colony, while the Rock Hyrax, more commonly known as the Dassie, can be seen on the surrounding rocks.
Upon our arrival in Hermanus at the New Harbor, you will be briefed about the Southern Right Whales by an experienced qualified whale watching specialist. You will be able to learn about their lives, life spam and behavior. Afterwards you will aboard the whale boat and embark on a 2 to 3 hour sea excursion in the search for the Southern Right Whales. As soon as a whale is spotted, the skipper will stop the boat so that you can see these amazing sea creatures up close. As the time goes by, the skipper and crew members will try to spot more whales to maximize a full whale watching experience.
The boats permits entitles us to approach the whales up to 50m and then we stop to observe and being naturally curious the whales normally approach the boat to observe us. This is truly an inspirational experience to be treasured.
Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It’s known as a whale-watching destination. Beaches include Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay. The Old Harbour Museum is a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. The latter has informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale.
Sir Lowry’s Pass was named after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole, Governor of the Cape in 1828. Today’s modern, cantilevered four-lane highway is a far cry from the original pass, which was recklessly dangerous and steep. Prior to the pass being built, all wagon traffic from the Overberg routed through the Franschoek Pass – the preferred route for many years with its kinder gradients for wagons and oxen.
Sir Lowry’s Pass is a lot more than a route across a formidable mountain range. It is also a haunt for bird watchers and nature lovers and the car park, on the western side of the N2 as one approaches the top of the pass, provides a perfect stop to explore the area. The mountain fynbos is fairly accessible here and one can take three to four hours to explore the mountain side and the lower areas where streams become densely vegetated and provide perfect cover for birds.
The summit provides one with the most awe-inspiring backdrops in the Western Cape – on a clear day you can view the range all the way from the southern suburbs of Cape Town. Today, Sir Lowry’s Pass allows easy passage across this daunting natural barrier.
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Cape Point Tour Full Day, Winelands Tour Full Day, Cape Point Half Day Tour, Cape Town City Tour Half Day, Half Day Wine Tour in Stellenbosch, Best of the Cape Tour, Cape Agulhas Tour Full Day, Cape Town Langa Township Tour, Cape Town Township Tour