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.
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!
Fiore L Italy
Splendid excursion, beautiful places personal kind and efficente
Christine J United Kingdom
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.
The trip was very beautiful, passing through amazing landscapes. The guide Rodney was knowledgeable, though not a very good listener. Nevertheless, he made sure we got the best spots for each activity. We saw Whales and Penguins. Wine tasting was also done, though in short.
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.
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.
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,.
C S Netherlands
Tour along the southernmost coast of (south) Africa. Watching pinguins and whales and lovely little towns.
Our small group was transported from Cape Town to Hermanus via a beautiful and sceanic drive. Our guide offered interesting narrative and stopped sufficiently for pictures and other essential matters. Hermanus is a pretty little town where the whales can be viewed from the city while you stroll along the shops or by boat. Definitely a change of pace from other Cape Town tours. You will not want to miss this!
Although it was the end of the whale season our giude managed to lead us to two sitings. The trip was enjoyable, the guide was great, and the views were breathtaking.
Beautiful scenic drives through various towns with a bit of history infused makes the drive pleasant, and maybe it could have been more so, without a tour guide that makes comments about formerly white neighborhoods becoming mixed and the blacks-colored who move there living just like them when they move in as though they weren't expected to, the neighborhood near district 6 not being too good "if youre a "whitie", about being thrown off a black bus in Joburg, about the "bushmen Koikoi or whatever we have to call them now", "not knowing what to do with the blacks from the townships" that came from the eastern cape because "there were no blacks in the western cape" before they were brought in to work I dont know what the guide thinks the koisan are, them getting things for free and not wanting to pay for anything such as electricity, about Jews and them not being happy unless they can tell their sad stories, a particular group of people being racists, but that "unfortunately like most people who get things done they usually are", constant references to "the new South Africa", with intermittent infusions of "My colored friends" to somehow try to make all the above resonate differently. He said "make sure not to call a black person a Kafir and a colored person a Hottentot because if they have a witness you can get a huge fine" , etc not because it wrong. I got a bonus added to the tour as a person of color. Insight into what some people probably dont utter out loud or may share with friends who look like them or their families when people who look like me arent around.
Note from Viator: Thanks for your honest comments. It's a shame that the local guide was not as open-minded as we'd all expect. We're following up with our local operator because we, like you, agree that this sort of chit-chat is neither appropriate nor helpful.
Elaine J United Kingdom
We did have a great day. The guide was really good and so helpful and knowledgeable and the driver was so friendly. The only thing I want to say is that I could have done without the extra hour taken at the wine tasting. There were other wine trips people could book if that was their choice but I had chosen to spend time watching whales for maybe the only time in my life. We only had just over one and a half hours at Hermanus and some of that time we needed to find some food. I just think that a Whale watching trip should be just that especially as the wine detour was not even included in the itinerary, bit naughty really.
It was an interesting but the stay in Hermanus ,where watching the whales by boat couldn't take place because of strong winds, was a bit too long
The trip was nice but we could not see any whale. Since the trip is based in whale watching, without this it was not worth. I feel that the boat ride to see whales should be included in the trip so that even if the cost will go up, there will be no frustration. Our guide was excellent. He tried his best with several moves but it was just our luck.
Bhanu United Arab Emirates
Our Guide (cannot remember name) was a Hermanus local and had a great sense of humour which kept us entertained during the drive. We did have some stops along the route where we made use of photo oppurtunities. We stopped at Betty's Point stoney bay where we saw lots of penguins. We were at Hermanus late morning and then we spent a lot of time in whale watching from the cliffs. There were quite a few whales there. Chris did suggest us to go for a boat ride which gets us much closer to the wheels but we did not go for that. I would suggest add this part on your website so that tourists are aware of the "whale watching by boat" option at time of booking itself. We never saw any Whale Crier during the many hours we spent on the Hermanus cliff. The place is beautiful and we saw many with telephoto lens going for the photos. We were also not sure why kids are being charged adult prices when the only thing done is pick and drop services till Hermanus.
Heather K USA
The drive was lovely and our guide very friendly, however, to do the boat tour you had to pay extra and lunch was not included. For a full day of whale watching, both should have been included and would have made for a much better experience as we only saw whales from pretty far away. The drive was really lovely though and the penguin stop was really cool too.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and experienced. The portion of the tour which he controlled was well executed. Unfortunately, the whale-watching cruise company seemed as if they were amateurs or worse. The 2-hour cruise extended to 2.5 hours, requiring me to miss lunch. The boat would not have passed US regulations because everyone in the rear was inhaling carbon monoxide from the engine exhaust.
I booked the Full day whale watching in Hermanus trip from Cape Town. Not up to the usual Viator standards, by far.
The tour as advertised in the UK is not what we got. We were not taken to the cliff top walk we were given restricted time in the town, which had to include lunch we did visit / tour an industrial estate we were taken to a hill top overlooking the town, but miles from the coastal pass. To see the whales, we had to take the boat trip, which was expensive, and many Japanese tourists found it much too rough. There was no time to visit the penguins, or the Nature Reserve, or the botanical Gardens but time was made to visit a winery.
Conclusions - The whales were an exciting experience, but I would not recommend this particular trip to anyone.
It was disappointing. We didnt feel the guide wanted to make a nice trip like I felt with other guides in South Africa.
We spent only 10min in Hermanus, they guide wanted to do only a drive through!! and the town was nice enough to have been there more time.
The boat was too expensive for its real duration and we were not informed about it, we felt the guide was more interested on her commission instead of informing properly the boat was 700ZAR, around 50, it was almost 2 hours but more than 1h was spent going to the whales, and after the boat we lost 1h in the harbor that could have been spent in Hermanus.
Also, we didnt do the wine tasting, she said it was closed! We were given a bottle of wine, we didnt want a free bottle of wine, we wanted the experience of knowing more about South African wines!
Hermanus is a nice place, the tour was not a nice experience.
I was dissapointed. I know that there is no guarantee you will see whales, but the tour took us to see penguins, wine tasting and left us at the Hermanus town for 3 1/2 hours. Also they told us that we had an option to pay about $90 extra to go on a boat to see the whales. The tour is very misleading because they do not tell you about the extra charges if you want to go a boat.
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