Whale watching the easy way

Whale watching the easy way: Breeching whale
Labeled by whale experts as being "the best land based whale watching spot in the world", the town of Hermanus in South Africa is host to Southern Right Whales each year from July to November.



Contributed By Neville Sherriff
Hermanus, a small town in the Western Cape, South Africa, each year draws thousands to its shores to watch Southern Right whales in the bay. They come not just because of the number of whales to be seen - more than 100 in peak season - but for the ease with which one can watch them.

Dubbed by experts as "the best land based whale watching spot in the world", Hermanus lies on the shores of a sheltered bay where southern rights come to calve, mate and frolic. They come as close as 5 metres from the rocks. One can watch whales while strolling along the 12 kilometre long cliff path which runs from one side of the town to the other, or while sipping coffee or enjoying a meal at one of the many restaurants. On windstill nights the whales can be heard blowing out in the bay. Hermanus even has the world’s only Whale Crier who alerts all to the presence of whales by blowing on his kelp horn, and there's an annual Whale Festival.

The whales start arriving from July onwards, but peak season is from August to end October. That’s when the shores overlooking the bay are lined with watchers hoping to witness the breathtaking spectacle of a breach, though most seem more than happy just to see a mother and calf drift lazily past, or a large head popping up from the sea for a bit of “spyhopping, or a tail sticking up to go “sailing”. Popular with local and foreign tourists alike, the annual visit by these whales provides a significant boost to the tourism on which the town’s economy is largely based. It’s a huge bonus for a holiday resort already known as “The Riviera of the south”.

The Southern Rights have callosities on their heads, basically white warts or rough skin patches on which little creatures, called whale lice, are attached. These markings enable whale experts to individually identify the whales, and it’s been well established that many of them are regular visitors to the bay. While an area like De Hoop Nature Reserve further south has a greater instance of cows giving birth, Hermanus is also called the “nursery school” of the Southern Rights, for it is here that the cows come to “educate” their young. One often witnesses a youngster emulating its mother’s every move.

From November on the whales begin leaving the bay for the long journey back to their Antarctic feeding grounds, though there are often stragglers, cows who wait till their calves are strong enough to cope. It is not uncommon to find whales in the bay during December and even in January.

As if being blessed by the presence of whales is not enough, Hermanus is an exceptionally beautiful town with a Blue Flag beach and a great many activities for nature lovers and eco tourists, ranging from kayaking, shark cage diving, paragliding and scuba diving, to hiking and bird watching.

Neville Sherriff and his wife, Alet, operate a communication consultancy in Hermanus and are ardent whale lovers. Whale season is favourite time for them, as the tourists who come to watch whales are generally in a very relaxed mode, nature lovers, and people who are respectful of the town. They try to fit in as many seaside walks as possible to catch some or other whale activity out in the bay. More information on the whales of Hermanus can be found on Neville's website, http://www.hermanuswhales.com





interactive map  Interactive Map

Map Legend
Whale watching the easy way
South Africa




Nearby Attractions & Services

DescriptionDistance
Shark cage diving
30km





Listing Reviews Reviews of Whale watching the easy way

No reviews yet, be the first to write a review for this listing.


Neville Sherriff
Whale watching the easy way
Talk2
Hermanus, South Africa

Website: Home Page

Show Filter



Active Vacation Ideas   View More...

Cape Town Trike ToursCape Town Trike Tours...

56.8 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Motorcycle Tours


From USD $114 per Trip
Shark Cage Diving in South AfricaShark Cage Diving in South Africa...

15.5 mi away
Kleinbaai, South Africa Scuba & Snorkeling


From USD $130 per Trip PP
Le Africa Express Travel - Adventure ToursLe Africa Express Travel - Adventure Tou...

59.6 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Hiking & Trekking




Nature & Wildlife Vacation Ideas   View More...

Wild Kingdoms SafariWild Kingdoms Safari...

58.4 mi away
Johannesburg, South Africa Wildlife & Safari Tours


From USD $1,236 per Trip
The  Premier Golf Safari Tour in South Africa !The Premier Golf Safari Tour in South A...

59.9 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Wildlife & Safari Tours


From USD $2,500 per Night


Personal Growth Ideas   View More...

White shark conservation and research volunteerWhite shark conservation and research vo...

1.7 mi away
Hermanus, South Africa Volunteer Vacations


From USD $2,000 per Month


Tours & Vacation Packages   View More...

Specialized Wine and Day ToursSpecialized Wine and Day Tours...

39.6 mi away
Stellenbosch, South Africa Sight-Seeing Tours


From USD $41 per Trip
Nomad Africa Adventure ToursNomad Africa Adventure Tours...

58.0 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Sight-Seeing Tours


From USD $321 per Trip


Accommodation Ideas   View More...

PENTZHAVEN GUESTHOUSE B&B Cape Town, South AfricaPENTZHAVEN GUESTHOUSE B&B Cape Town, Sou...

58.5 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfasts


From USD $32 per Night
Malherbe Guesthouse - Montagu - Western CapeMalherbe Guesthouse - Montagu - Western ...

65.6 mi away
Montagu, South Africa Bed & Breakfasts


From USD $43 per Night
Rosedene LodgeRosedene Lodge...

59.8 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfasts


From USD $45 per Night
Whale watching at  Whale Cove A104Whale watching at Whale Cove A104...

13.3 mi away
Gansbaai, South Africa Vacation Rentals


From USD $106 per Night
Seafront Hermanus  luxury accommodationSeafront Hermanus luxury accommodation...

1.6 mi away
Hermanus, South Africa Bed & Breakfasts


From USD $70 per Night
Mozambique Holiday PackagestMozambique Holiday Packagest...

57.9 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Hotels & Resorts


Avocet Cape Town VillaAvocet Cape Town Villa...

58.7 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfasts


From USD $31 per Night
Cape Town,Blouberg/Table ViewCape Town,Blouberg/Table View...

59.4 mi away
Table View, South Africa Vacation Rentals


From USD $37 per Night
Wonderful beach holidays At Wendy's PlaceWonderful beach holidays At Wendy's Plac...

61.9 mi away
Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfasts


From USD $28 per Night
Ons Genot Country LodgeOns Genot Country Lodge...

45.5 mi away
Stellenbosch, South Africa Bed & Breakfasts


From USD $80 per Night
Cape Town Eagle's Nest Guest House, South AfricaCape Town Eagle's Nest Guest House, Sout...

57.2 mi away
Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfasts


From USD $24 per Night
Farmstyle AccommodationFarmstyle Accommodation...

77.9 mi away
Tulbagh, South Africa Vacation Rentals


From USD $37 per Week



Show Filter

Advertise Your Accommodation or Travel Services


Create A ListingHermanus, South Africa Articles Listing
Add a multi-page listing promoting your accommodations, tours or travel services to customers on our network of travel sites. Your listing page can have up to 26 images, unlimited text, interactive map, availability calendar, ecards, photo-gallery and more.
Rates From US $17 Per Month    » View Details



Free Travel Ideas Newsletter
Get your free Travel Ideas Newsletter full of great travel deals, destinations and adventures.

Your Name:
Your E-Mail Address



Disclaimer: Information provided through RealAdventures website, newsletters, emails or other services has been provided directly by the companies and/or individuals owning or offering the products/services. RealAdventures does not guarantee or warranty the accuracy of the information contained herein. It is the sole responsibility of the user to ensure the accuracy and clarity of any posted material and to determine the suitability of any service for their particular needs or requirements. Likewise, it is the responsibility of advertisers to determine the suitability and credit worthiness of potential customers prior to any transaction.


Listing # RA-1184250