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Visit Hermanus on our Garden Route tours for spectacular whale watching

The winter season of South Africa brings a spectacular show to our shores when hundreds of Southern Right whales come to mate and calf in our waters. The town of Hermanus becomes an amphitheatre from where you get a free show like never before. The town is hailed as the best land based whale watching spot in the world, and that title is well deserved. From Cape Town all the way along the Garden Route you can keep an eye out for some movement in the water, but Hermanus seems to be their favourite spot.

Day trips to Hermanus from the city are readily available during the winter months. You can spend a few hours in the town exploring the local markets, hiking one of many coastal walkways or trying some superb wines from South Africa. Whatever you do though, make sure you always have an eye or ear out for when a whale or two makes a splash. Garden Route tours also make a stop in Hermanus en-route to Agulhas or Mossel Bay, and with Private Garden Route tours we can arrange for you to spend a night in the town of Hermanus.

Hermanus will give you sights and sounds which you won't find anywhere else in the world

Boat tours depart on a regular basis from the new harbour in Hermanus. These tours take you out into the bay where you can observe the whales from very close. In some cases they come to say hello and might even tap the boat to make sure you know they're there! These tours are highly professional and strict South Africa laws make sure these tours observe, not disturb. The 6 Day Garden Route tours stop in Hermanus on Day one and if you would like to jump aboard one of these boat tours time will be made for it. With private Garden Route tours or daytrips from the city you can choose how much time you want to spend in Hermanus. Click the links below to visit the websites of two operators we usually make use of for whale boat tours.

Southern Right Charters

Whale Watchers

While walking around in Hermanus, keep an eye out for the 'Whale Crier of Hermanus'. This character is very easy to spot and a popular figure in Hermanus and the whole of South Africa. He walks around with a big hat and bamboo horn. When you hear the very distinct sound of that horn blowing, get yourself to the water's edge because it means there's action!

Explore the town of Hermanus, the markets, whale boat tours and beautiful walking routes

Hermanus is a must-do when you're visiting South Africa during winter months. There are more than enough opportunities to book a tour or a seat on a day trip or one of our Garden Route tours. Boat tours are extremely popular and should be booked in advance. If you would like further information on visiting Hermanus please get in contact with us!

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Visit Hermanus on Day trip or on Garden Route Tours and be a guests to the best whale show in South Africa and the world!
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