Five Reasons to stop over for the Hermanus Whale Festival

The Hermanus Whale Festival is known as the only enviro-arts festival in South Africa. 

The Whale festival gives people the opportunity to observe and admire these amazing creatures plus Hermanus is one of the best whale watching destinations in the Western Cape. The festival plays host to thousands of visitors from across the globe. Here we give you five reasons why not to miss this festival.


1. Whale-watching

Whales are always the main attraction of the festival. Watch them as they surface on the shores of the Indian Ocean in early Spring. They return to the south coast every year to mate and calve in the warmer waters of Africa.

2. Entertainment

Besides watching the whales surf, you’ll find exhibitions, comedy shows, cabaret, galleries, craft markets, food & wine festivals and music.

3. Sport

Sports featured at the festival include a triathlon, half-marathon, fun cycle ride and soccer day. Others sports found in Hermanus are sea kayaking, deep sea angling, hiking, horse riding & much, much more.

4. Shopping

Buy all sorts of different souvenirs from the art exhibitions & craft markets.

5. Socialising

You get to socialise and meet new people from all over the world, enjoy the different cuisines from the endless line of restaurants & bars. Hermanus is full of people during the festival; the young, the old, nature lovers, party animals & many wine fans.

The Whale Festival is a great place to start or end a Garden Route road trip. Contact our rental team for car hire Cape Town to advise you on the best vehicle to use for your Garden Route road trip.