• Hermanus

Cape Whale Coast Holidays

The Cape Whale Coast is a coastal expanse, incorporating fishing villages, secluded coves, long pristine beaches and valleys which can be found just outside of Cape Town.

Flanked by impressive mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the area is an appealing retreat for nature-lovers, with wine routes, fynbos, birding, golf courses, penguins, mountain biking and hiking trails as well as the main event: whales. 

Holidays to the Cape Whale Coast are all about spectacular whale-watching opportunities; imagine watching a Southern right whale breaching and blowing just 20 metres from the coastline of Hermanus; or witnessing a humpback whale calving in Walker Bay.  Witness the raw power of these gentle giants as they play, mate, calf and rear their young in the waters along the Cape Whale Coast.

Why not twin your stay with time in Cape Town or – for wildlife enthusiasts – a trip to the Eastern Cape for a safari adventure. 

Destination Highlights
  • Whale-watching (especially between June and December)
  • Experience great white sharks, face-to-face from the safety of a cage
  • Stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and other aquatic activities
  • Take walks, hikes and bike rides through scenic landscapes

Time Zone

GMT +1 hours

Flight Time

Approx 11 hours; Accessible by road from Cape Town which is service by British Airways who offer a direct daily service from London Heathrow.

Currency

ZAR – South African rand

Visa Information

British citizens needn't obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. However, strict entrance policies apply for passengers travelling with children under the age of 18.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Information

Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa. Speak to your GP for the latest medical advice.
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve

    Spanning the entire length of the De Hoop coast, this nature reserve protects 86 mammal species, 250 fish species, 260 bird species, and approximately 120 whales that return each year to calve and mate.

  • The Garden Route

    With its easy, safe road network, South Africa is a great place for a road trip. We highly recommend the Garden Route – a stunning scenic stretch between Cape Town and the game reserves of the Eastern Cape. This lush route is dotted with lakes, beaches, national parks and wonderful places to stay, such as upmarket Plettenberg Bay, the port town of Knysna and the seafront city of Port Elizabeth.

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Average weather in January

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Hermanus
22ºC
9mm

Average weather in February

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Hermanus
23ºC
15mm

Average weather in March

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Hermanus
22ºC
15mm

Average weather in April

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Hermanus
19ºC
63mm

Average weather in May

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Hermanus
16ºC
64mm

Average weather in June

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Hermanus
14ºC
80mm

Average weather in July

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Hermanus
13ºC
95mm

Average weather in August

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Hermanus
14ºC
69mm

Average weather in September

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Hermanus
15ºC
43mm

Average weather in October

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Hermanus
17ºC
38mm

Average weather in November

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Hermanus
19ºC
24mm

Average weather in December

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Hermanus
22ºC
18mm

Types of Cape Whale Coast holidays

Cape Whale Coast Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Whale season in Hermanus is usually between June and December. Although some years the Southern Right whale has arrived as early as April, the usual time for them to start arriving is towards the end of May. 

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