Hermanus on our Garden Route tours for spectacular whale watching
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
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.
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.
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!
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