Cape Whale Coast

Attraction

Hermanus Whale Watching

Spot Southern Right whales from your cliff-top vantage point

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Situated on the southern coast of the Western Cape, roughly 80 miles west of Cape Town, the fishing village of Hermanus has been recognised as one of the world’s best land-based whale watching destinations.

For some of the best views, take a walk along the coastal cliff path and observe Southern Right whales swim within metres of the shore of Walker Bay. This spectacular sight can be seen from August to November or early December, when Southern Right whales come here to mate and breed, migrating from the Antarctic from around June. If you're feeling brave, you might also want to book a cage swim with great white sharks – a truly exhilarating experience. 

With a fairly even year-round climate, Hermanus is in the Cape Floristic Region and has one of the highest levels of plant diversity in the world – nature-lovers will enjoy exploring Fernkloof Nature Reserve and seeing an array of indigenous plant-life, from flourishing protea to fynbos.