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Hermanus

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
120 km from Cape Town by car
When to go
From June to November
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Hermanus

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

Lying 120 km from Cape Town, Hermanus is one of the few places on the planet where it's possible to see large numbers of whales from the land.

My suggestion:
A whale festival is held at the end of September.
My review

A trip to Hermanus when visiting South Africa provides a unique opportunity to experience a quite wonderful and amazing spectacle.

Rather than doing what most tourists do and settling for just a short stay, I recommend dedicating at least a whole day to Hermanus and its special visitors. From along the whole ten kilometres of the town's seafront you can observe simply dozens and dozens of whales. In some cases you can see just their heads, backs or tails emerging from the water. Others can be seen leaping out of the ocean and landing again with a mighty splash. The whales sometimes approach so close to shore that it's possible to hear them communicating with each other. It's a fascinating experience. If you happen to hear a sound resembling that of a trumpet during your walk, don't be confused. It will simply be the whale crier alerting people to the presence of the whales. This is the only place in the world where someone does this job.

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