• Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Visit pretty Hermanus for a rare chance to go whale-watching from the shore. Southern Right Whales breed in the waters off Hermanus, not far from Cape Town, every year from July through November. The town is uniquely positioned to offer some of the best land-based whale-watching viewing locations in the world, and you can also choose to go out on a boat for more adventure (own expense).


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

Hermanus Marine Museum

About an hour and a half from Cape Town, coastal Hermanus is famous for its whale-watching. There are several points in town where you can get great views of whales from the shore.

Southern Right Whales spend the months of July-November in the water off the coast of Hermanus to breed, giving visitors plenty of chances to see whales up close. Seals and dolphins are also abundant in the area.

Enjoy free time to explore Hermanus, browsing in local art galleries and independent shops or grabbing a bite of lunch (own expense). You can also opt for a more in-depth sea-going adventure by booking a boat ride for another whale-watching angle (own expense).

After leaving Hermanus, stop at a nearby winery for a wine tasting session before climbing back into the vehicle for the return trip to Cape Town. Travel along the dramatic coastal road past False Bay, and - time permitting - stop at Stoney Point to see some of the resident African penguins. Keep an eye on the water as you drive - you never know when you’ll see yet another whale.

Customer Reviews

Christine P

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!

Lynne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Great trip.we actually saw loads of whales.

Fiore L Italy

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.

Larisa L

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Not enough time for the lunch in Hermanus!

Priyank K

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

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.

Mark H

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.

Hannah H

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.

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