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  • Location:Cape Town, South Africa
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

Take this opportunity to go whale watching from one of the best land based viewing spots in the world, Hermanus. From July to November the Southern Right Whale comes to breed in this seaside town, just outside of Cape Town. You will also have time time to explore the fishing and holiday town of Hermanus and stop for a wine-tasting.


  • Whale-watching Day Trip from Cape Town
  • See Southern Right Whales from land
  • Explore the coastal town of Hermanus
  • Take the spectacular coastal road back to Cape Town
  • Stop for an informal Wine Tasting

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What You Can Expect

Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

Hermanus Marine Museum

Nestled between magnificent mountains and the Indian ocean, Hermanus offers some of the best shore-based whale-watching opportunities in the world. Every year the Southern Right Whales return to the waters off the cliffs of Hermanus to mate and breed, as they favor the shallows waters. You are also likely to experience close sightings of whales and also possibly seals and dolphins.

You will also have have the opportunity to wander around the town of Hermanus, and visit its boutique shops, art and craft studios and and stop for lunch (at own expense). You can also take the option of a boat ride for some sea-based whale watching (own expense).

For the return, you will stop briefly for for a wine tasting, before following the beautiful coastal road around False Bay and back to Cape Town. If there is time, you will stop at Stoney Point and see some African penguins amongst the rocks. You may even have the opportunity to see further sightings of whales along the coastal road.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

A fantastic trip, a great driver/guide who was informative and amusing. Wonderful scenery, I managed to go out on a boat and had super views of the whales. Probably one of the best day trips I've done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

It was a very nice tour but it wouldn't be without the boat trip. From the coast at this time of the year you can't see any whales, but from the boat we saw whales,seals and man many dolphins and it was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Great trip.we actually saw loads of whales.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

Splendid excursion, beautiful places personal kind and efficente

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

Hermanus whale watching was top-class. Definitely worth doing.

Christine J
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

Amazing experience, was lucky to go when the whale festival was on. The driver gave us interesting facts as we travelled to Hermanus which made it all the more interesting.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Great day out and great guide. We skipped the whale boat trip but the view from the cliffs was amazing and the guide kindly lent us his binoculars.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Tour was over all great, only irritant was that the boat was mega crowded and it made it hard to get a good viewing spot.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

we had perfect weather and the guide found several places to veiw whales, with a calf learning to flip its tail too.beautiful place to visit and stay,.


4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Tour along the southernmost coast of (south) Africa. Watching pinguins and whales and lovely little towns.

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