The whales

Between August and November, you can stop almost anywhere on the 12 km-long cliff path stretching from one end of Hermanus to the other, to watch the enormous Southern Right Whales. You will see them leap, roll about, slap their tails and play as close as a few meters from the cliffs.

You can also experience these giant creatures by specialised whale watching boats or, if you dare, by sea kayaks.

The first whales start arriving already in June, leaving their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. In the sheltered Walker Bay, they then give birth to their young and mate before they start leaving again – the last ones in December. At the height of the season, the number of whales in the bay are close to 200.

In the city of Hermanus, you will also find the world’s only whale crier. By blowing his kelp horn he alerts everyone to the whereabouts of the whales.