Get Ready to Have a Whale of a Time in Hermanus
As winter’s icy grip slowly releases the Western Cape from its death grip, locals know that the spectacular Hermanus Whale Festival is just around the corner!
This year, the event will run from 3-6 October 2014. An enviro-arts festival, visitors will enjoy a treat of live music, feasting and loads of activities.
And let’s not forget about the main attraction – the whales. The Southern Right whales head into the waters of Hermanus for calving and mating during this time – making this the premier spot in South Africa to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.
As they frolic in the waters, there are a wide variety of ways to watch them swim and breach. There are numerous cliffs along the coastline for a look through the binoculars. You can also find the renowned Whale Crier, who alerts visitors when there are viewing opportunities on offer.
Not close enough for you? There are boat rides or kayaking trips for exhilarating experiences on the water. You can even catch a whale flight where you can see countless whales in the bay from up high when visibility is good.
Turning our attention back to the festivities now – there are a variety of events to cater for all tastes. Those into fitness and adventure should take a look at the Cliff Path Night Run from New Harbour to Grotto Beach (10km and 6km) happening just after the festival, on Wednesday 8 October 2014.
The live music and shows are definitely a highlight and this year you can look forward to performances from the likes of Mark Haze and GoodLuck over the course of the weekend of the festival.
There are also informative eco-experiences and child-friendly outings that will cater for entire families. Other events happening include the Whales ‘n Wheels Classic Car Show, for fans of four-wheeled beasts, as well as the Flower Show.
While you are in Hermanus, there are also a number of other attractions you should consider seeing. The Soldiers Memorial Museum offers some interesting history while the Whale House Museum is also worth checking out. Golfing in this area is a real treat for the sporting types.
If you are more interested in fiercer sea creatures, consider a shark cage diving trip in Gaansbaai – the Great White Shark capital of the world.
Don’t stress if you cannot make it to Hermanus for the specific festival dates – as there are viewing opportunities throughout October, and Hermanus is welcoming all-year round.