Hermanus Whale Festival 
The Hermanus Whale Festival is an annual celebration that celebrates the return of the southern right whales to the coastal waters of Southern Africa. In 2020 the festival will be running from the 24th of September to the 27th of September. Whale watching (Hermanus) is at the top of the list of every nature-lover and should not be missed this year.
Hermanus plays host to thousands of visitors who flock to the seaside resort to exhilarate in the unique natural environment and watch the whales. The Southern Right Whale is an amazing animal and getting to watch a group of them from up close ensures memorable pictures and even more memorable experiences. While Hermanus is known as the best land-based whale watching destination in Africa, there is a way you can come even closer to these magnificent animals.
Whale Watching Hermanus By Kayak
Take whale watching to the next level by organizing a sea kayak trip during the Whale Festival. According to Walker Bay adventures host, Herman De Vries, there are few better ways to see the Southern Right Whale in its natural environment than on a boat based whale watching trip. Tours are operated from the New Harbour in Hermanus and departs 3 to 4 times daily depending on the time of year and weather and sea conditions. Whales in Hermanus are not the only animal to be seen up close and personal. One usually encounters seals, penguins, marine birds, southern right whales and often see the bryde’s whale, dolphins and humpback whale at certain times of the year. The permit issued to the operators entitles them to approach the whales up to 50 meters and then stop, allowing the whales to decide whether to approach the boat or not. Being curious, the whales normally approach the boat and enjoy a quick peek at their visitors. But remember, whales need time and space, so don’t chase these impressive animals while whale watching (Hermanus). A qualified whale specialist guide is on board to share interesting facts and answer any questions en route.
The fun doesn’t end with whale watching
After your kayak-experience, you can relish in the food and music of the Hermanus Whale Festival. There is a variety of events planned will keep the whole family entertained throughout the festival. These events include an interactive Eco-Marine tent, treasure hunt in the Eco-marine Tent for the kids, arts and craft stalls, street parade, a Coke Music Marquee and a children’s movie house at the Whale Museum.
For more information visit the Hermanus Whale Festival website: https://hermanuswhalefestival.co.za/
If you plan on going on an adventure to this majestic location from another part of the country, you might want to use a vehicle to get there. Hire a car that suits your budget by comparing different offers to get the best rates.