Whale Watching off the Hermanus Coast – Departing from Cape Town


  • Betty's Bay and its penguin colony

  • The beauty of the vineyards in Hermel-en-Aarde

  • Whale watching in Hermanus

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 9hrs

  • English

Starting time 8:00 AM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Seasonal Activity: offer available July to November only.

Come and meet the whales at Hermanus!

After departing from Cape Town, you will travel along a road bordered by mountains and green plains to reach this charming town. You can watch these magnificent whales from dry land as they come to the surface only a few dozen metres from the coast!

You will also have the option to go on a cruise and get even closer to the whales (optional service - 650 ZAR or approximately $65, payable on site). You may also encounter other species that are often in the area, such as seals and dolphins.

If you would rather stay on dry land you will be offered a guided tour of Hermanus. This will give you the opportunity to discover the fascinating history of this picturesque town, nestled between the mountains and the ocean.

Whichever option you choose, you will have at least 1 hour of free time in the town to have lunch (not included). Then you will head towards Hemel-en-Aarde for a wine tasting. Finally you will go to the village of Betty's Bay, where you can get close to a large penguin colony and see many of Cape Town's cormorants.

At the end of the tour you will be escorted back to your hotel in Cape Town or to the city centre.

Good to know

  • Availability: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from July to November only (excluding exceptional dates)
  • Duration: approx. 9 hours
  • Departure time: 8am. Please arrive at the meeting point (hotel reception area or main meeting point) 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time
  • Departure point: Hotel pick-up is available from certain hotels in Cape Town. If your hotel is not on the list, you are asked to make your way to the main meeting point in the city centre (specific details will be sent to you upon booking)
  • To take part in this activity simply present your booking voucher to the local tour operator on the day
  • Children under the age of 2 years cannot take part in this activity
  • Activity subject to cancellation in the event of insufficient participants or bad weather conditions. In this case an alternative date or a refund will be proposed
  • Transport will be by air-conditioned vehicle (sedan or mini-van depending on number of participants)
  • Once you're there, you can choose between a cruise off the coast of Hermanus (650 ZAR supplement, or $65 to be paid on arrival) or a guided tour of the town
  • Please note: meals are not included in this tour
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Price includes

  • A trip to Hermanus with whale watching from the coast
  • Guided tour of Hermanus (if you don't opt for the cruise)
  • Wine tasting in Hemel-En-Aarde
  • Penguin watching in Betty's Bay
  • Support from a professional guide (communication in English)
  • Transport to and from Cape Town (pick-up from the town centre and some hotels)

Not included

  • The cruise off the Hermanus coast (optional - approx. 650 ZAR / $65, payable on the day)
  • Meals
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

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