Whale watching in Hermanus.

Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, South Africa. The distance between Cape Town and Hermanus is 93 km. The road distance is 119 km. It’s known as a whale-watching destination.

Whales are without a doubt one of the most mysterious and beautiful creatures in the ocean, with many people traveling hundreds of miles in the hope of spotting one of these gentle creatures. Thankfully there are 100′s of Whales to be viewed at Hermanus, South Africa, very close to land during the months of early June to late November. With the largest number ever spotted, by Cessna light plane aerial survey, in ONE day being 196 Whales in our small Walker Bay at Hermanus, South Africa

When can you see whales in Hermanus? Typically the whale season in Hermanus is between June and December every year. Some years the Southern Right whales have arrived as early as April but the usual time for them to start arriving is at the end of May. Southern Right whales have been reported to still be in Hermanus as late as early January.

What is the best time to watch whales? While it might seem trite, anytime is the best time to watch whales! If you are looking for the best scenic light for photography choose an sunrise, early morning or sunset whalewatch. The best overhead light is from 11 am – 3 pm, for beautiful blue waters.

Do you get wet whale watching? It is easy to get wet while whale-watching, especially if you’re on a boat where ocean water often sprays up onto passengers. To keep yourself warm and dry, wear a waterproof jacket with a hood. If it’s going to be particularly cold, make sure it’s a heavy jacket or even a winter coat.

Here are some useful links to plan your visit:

Hermanus Whale Cruises

Whale Watching Tours Hermanus

Southern Right Charters

1 comment

  1. Thanks so much for this blog about my hometown. 2 photos – the 2nd last one and 4th last don’t seem to be taken here in our region and might have slipped in unawares.


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