HERMANUS - WHALE WATCHING
The town of Hermanus, located 140 km southeast of Cape Town, is without exaggeration considered the world's center for observing southern right whales, which are found in only a few places in the Southern Hemisphere. Whales migrate to Walker Bay in August for mating and stay in this area until the end of November when they return to colder waters towards Antarctica.
After leaving the hotel, we will take a scenic route along False Bay, passing through Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay until we reach Hermanus. Along the way, we will make several stops for photographing the breathtaking natural scenery offered by the Atlantic Ocean coastline.
You can observe whales directly from the shore in the center of Hermanus and from the surrounding cliffs. If you're interested, we can book a boat trip in Walker Bay, during which we will have whales almost within arm's reach. A qualified guide will provide us with many interesting facts about the lives of these cetaceans. The boat trip lasts approximately two to three hours, and besides whales, you may also observe dolphins, seals, and other marine wildlife.
Southern right whales can grow to a weight of 40 tons, which is, for comparison, equivalent to the weight of ten African elephants. They can reach a length of 17 meters and have a lifespan of over 100 years. Despite commercial whaling being banned many years ago, southern right whales are still considered endangered. According to the latest estimates, there are only about 3,000 individuals left on the planet.
On the way back, we will drive through the Sir Lowry's Pass.
Although our success rate in whale watching is very high during the season, we cannot guarantee a 100% sighting of whales.
The itinerary of the trip and the duration of stops can be adjusted according to your individual preferences.
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