Hermanus

Destination

Cape Whale Coast Holidays

Spectacular whale-watching

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
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +1 hours
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Health Information Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa. Speak to your GP for the latest medical advice.

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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