Hermanus is a seaside town located just a 90 minute drive east of Cape Town, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The town of Hermanus, once a tiny fishing village is now a bustling seaside town. This town is well known as the whale-watching destination and has been recognized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world.
When is the best time to visit Hermanus and see the whales?
If you want to see the famous whales then the best time to visit Hermanus is between winter and spring (June-November), with the peak viewing months being September, October and November.
Where can I see the whales from land viewing points?
(The list below has been taken directly from https://www.hermanus.co.za/whale-watching)
- “The Cliff Path offers 12km of the best whale watching view points in the world, stretching from one end of Hermanus to the other. At certain points whales can be seen playing as close as five meters from shore.
- Drive south on Westcliff Road and park at Fick’s Pool. Take the cliff path towards the New Harbour for about 100 metres and arrive at Dreunkrans – a popular whale watching site
- Park at Fick’s Pool or in Marine Drive and make your way to Windsor Bay
- Gearing’s Point overlooking the Old Harbour, gives an uninterrupted view of the ocean.
- At the Old Harbour, viewing terraces are available with spectacular views over Walker Bay. Information boards provide basic information about the whales.
- Drive down Main Road towards the beaches (north-east) and take the turn-off to Die Gang at Berg-en-See to arrive at De Gang.
- One of the most popular locations in Hermanus for whale watching is Siever’s Point, which is closest to where the whales frolic.
- The Kwaaiwater lookout point is accessible by vehicle.
- The Voëlklip and Grotto beaches are perfect for whale spotting and watching, especially on the rocks above the sea.”
Have you been to Hermanus to see the whales? How as your experience?