Spend a day whale watching and wine tasting on this private full-day trip to Hermanus from Cape Town. See migrating Southern Right Whales off the coast of Hermanus from June through mid-December. Sample some of the local wines at two estates.
Private trip to Hermanus from Cape Town
Enjoy a whale-watching excursion from Hermanus
Visit 1 wine estates for wine tastings (included) and lunch (own expense)
Explore the gorgeous coastal scenery and wildlife of South Africa's Cape Whale Route with a private day trip from Cape Town to Hermanus. Enjoy round-trip transportation for you and your family in a luxury vehicle with your own knowledgeable guide/driver. Customize the tour if you like, or use the guide's recommendations.
Travel to the seaside community of Hermanus, world-famous for its excellent whale watching. Embark on a boat trip to look for Southern Right Whales, which mate and give birth in this area each year. Marvel at the size of these majestic whales, which often come close to the boats and can even be seen from land. Enjoy light refreshments aboard the boat.
Stop at two wine estates en route back to Cape Town for wine tastings and/or lunch (own expense). Choose the estates you'd like to visit, with Newton-Johnson Family Vineyards and Creation Wines among the options.
Check out the colony of African penguins at Stoney Point. Learn about these unique birds. Return to Cape Town via scenic Route 44 and get dropped off at your accommodation.
Reviews by Viator travelers
, Sep 2019
Despite some last minute shuffling around, the tour was excellent! Cornelius was fantastic and the company the whale watch was chartered through did an excellent job- whales all over the place and mostly right next to the boat!! The wine tours were just what we were looking for- great wines/ great venues and Cornelius also had a few stops on his own that were particularly scenic- great day!
Lesson learned- I had to supply my contact info for the booking- but we brought my wife's cell phone/ iPad to Africa. Although I had also supplied alternate contact info (hers)- when the local travel group made a significant change to the pick-up time- they only attempted to contact me- not using the alternate info. I hade re-confirmed all the details two days before we left- I believe your local company had not made any arrangements for the whales OR the guide and had to scramble at the last minute...not very professional- but the day was a success!
We did this tour for my birthday while we were staying in Cape Town. We were picked up from our hotel and taken out along a beautiful coast line to Hermanus. On route we visited Stoney Point which is a quieter colony of the African Penguins. There were so many to see and you get really close to them as you walk along the wooden paths. It is respectfully done and not intrusive on the Penguins.We were then taken to a wine tasting vineyard which was in a beautiful setting and location. We enjoyed sampling a few wines but didn't drink too much as we were yet to venture out onto the boat for the Whale Watching.The Whale Watching its self is magical. We sat at the front of the boat and got thoroughly soaked from the waves splashing up which in itself was great fun and we were all laughing.Once you reach the area of the Whales you don't know where to look first as there are so many. There is a guide on the boat who explains everything and points out all the different places to look to get views. We dried off in no time as well as the sun was certainly shining on us. The boat company also use a drone so they can filmy you on the boat and get some great shots of the Whales from above. It was totally magical and the experience was truly a special one. The boat was a good size and felt very comfortable and drinks and snacks were provided.When we arrived back our driver took us to a local area for lunch and we got to watch Whales breaching right outside our restaurant. The lunch is not included but the food was lovely and well worth doing after a busy few hours. Plus the stop with local shops and the Whales was an added bonus.The whole day was brilliant. Our guide was knowledgeable and told us lots about the local area and had a real enthusiasm for what he was doing.I would certainly recommend this trip to all and would love to go back and do it again myself.
Danny was the perfect host for our trip. Knowledgeable, considerate, happy to help when needed. His knowledge of the area was great, and took us to some incredible sights including the lesser known penguin beach. Having a car to ourselves was definitely a luxury we aren't used to, but Danny helped make that even more special. Onto the activities - the whale watching was brilliant - up close with some beautiful animals, and the vineyards we visited were exquisite too. Highly recommended.
We had a great time seeing the whales and wine tasting. Our guide was Cornileus. He was very friendly and had a good knowledge of the area and wine. He took us to a wonderful spot for lunch and stopped at a few places on the trip for us to see animals and markets!
We had an incredible day, seeing the whales, penguins and wine tasting. But what really made the day was our driver/guide, Samson who was incredibly knowledgeable and kept us entertained all day and couldn't do enough for us. I would highly recommend this tour and if you are lucky you might just get Samson as your guide. Thank you for a wonderful day.
Just by chance we had the same driver both days for our privately booked tours. Let me start by saying how great it was to get to know Barnabas M. He is a South Africa Specialist so besides taking us to the most beautiful coastal places he also gave us detailed history behind what we were seeing. Beautiful vistas, penguins, seals, whales and don't let me forget beautiful wineries! It was two days of pure fun, lots of laughter and he's flexible to change up things last minute should you desire a longer stay at any one destination. He wasn't watching his watch to be done with his day he went out of his way to make sure we saw what we wanted and had a good time, no matter what time that meant he clocked out. I highly recommend both these tours and asking for Barnabas.
I thought I should copy and paste my reply from previous review and add in that we saw Southern Right Whales on our excursion. We actually watched a pod of about 4. Off in the distance we could see a whale showing off his tail as ours never did that. We did not witness any breaching but I enjoyed the tour.
Ask Barnabas to take you to Creation Winery. Do the 7 course small plate/wine tasting, the food is outstanding! A beautiful day that was.