Heavenly Hermanus Tour
Whales and Wine - explore the seaside village known for its whale watching
Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Hermanus, a charming seaside village renowned for its exceptional whale watching opportunities and delightful wine experiences. This full day, private Heavenly Hermanus Tour promises a perfect blend of natural wonders, cultural exploration, and memorable encounters with majestic marine life.
Nestled along the southern coast of the Western Cape, Hermanus is a picturesque fishing village situated between majestic mountains and the sparkling sea. This tour offers a scenic journey through this quaint, growing village, where stunning beaches and a stunning mountain backdrop await. Delve into South African culture as you explore Hermanus' rich history, visit historical landmarks, and savor local delicacies that showcase the town's unique way of life.
Heavenly Hermanus Tour Route
Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
As part of this tour, you get to visit the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, nestled harmoniously between the mountain and the sea. The sprawling 200-hectare gardens harbor a rich diversity of life, featuring over 1600 plant species and 60 bird species. Keep an eye out for captivating wildlife, including porcupines, genets, skunks, hyraxes, baboons, and even snakes. Educational storyboards strategically placed throughout the gardens offer valuable insights into the fascinating plant and animal life, providing a truly informative and immersive tour.
African Penguin Encounter
Venture to Stoney Point in Betties Bay, a haven for African Penguins. These charismatic birds, found along the Atlantic coastline from Namibia to South Africa, are an endangered species facing challenges such as habitat loss and overfishing. At Stoney Point Nature Reserve, observe these adorable penguins from a safe distance and marvel at their playful interactions. The reserve is also home to colonies of crowned cormorants, Cape cormorants, and bank cormorants that breed on the outer rocks. Keep an eye out for Hartlaub's Gulls and Kelp Gulls foraging in the colony, while the infamous Rock Hyrax, affectionately known as the Dassie, can be frequently spotted on the surrounding rocks.
In addition to its natural beauty, Hermanus has a rich history dating back to the 17th century. The town was founded by the Dutch in 1652, and it has been a popular destination for whale watchers and tourists ever since. Hermanus is also a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, which means that it is recognized for its unique food culture. The town is home to a number of award-winning restaurants, and it is a great place to sample local seafood and wine.
Whale Watching Extravaganza
Between late June and early November, Hermanus transforms into a prime location for witnessing the awe-inspiring southern right whales on their migratory journey. These graceful giants use the sheltered waters of Walker Bay as a mating and calving sanctuary, seeking respite from the chilly Antarctic waters. Witness the breathtaking spectacle of these majestic creatures frolicking and playing close to the shore, creating unforgettable memories. If you desire an up-close encounter, you have the option to enhance your experience with a boat-based whale watching excursion or embark on a thrilling shark cage diving adventure.
Wine Indulgence in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Near Hermanus lies the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, an idyllic region boasting a collection of high-end, award-winning wine farms. Delight in behind-the-scenes wine experiences, including private and structured tastings, food and wine pairings, and the art of wine blending. Savor the finest South African wines while soaking in the picturesque vineyard landscapes, creating unforgettable memories for every wine enthusiast.
Don't miss this enchanting excursion for an unforgettable adventure. Book your experience now and be enchanted by the beauty of this idyllic coastal gem.
What's Included in This Heavenly Hermanus Tour
• Full day guided tour exploring: Spectacular and diverse scenery, Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Betties Bay penguins, Quaint village of Hermanus, Seasonal whale watching (June to November), Wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde region (at your own expense)
What's Not Included
What you Need to Know
• Tour Times: 09:00 – 18:00