Hermanus Whale Festival
The Hermanus Whale Festival – Africa’s only whale watching and envrio-arts
festival, where revellers can dance into the night against the remarkable
backdrop of Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and Right Whales – takes place in South
Africa from 28 September to 1 October: www.whalefestival.co.za
Hermanus – home to the world’s only ‘Whale Crier’- is considered the best land
-based location for whale-watching anywhere in the world. Located along the
southern coast of South Africa’s unspoilt Western Cape, Hermanus provides a
unique opportunity to watch the Southern Right Whales as they migrate from the
Antarctic to calve in the shelter of Walker Bay.
The Hermanus Whale Festival coincides with peak-viewing season when visitors can
see these astonishing animals just offshore. A record-breaking 172 whale
sightings have been recorded in one day. The Town’s Whale Crier blows a huge
horn to mark the sighting of a whale.
The Hermanus Whale Festival celebrates its 21st birthday this year and has an
unprecedented range of events and performances taking place over the four days,
including live music, story telling events, food and wine tasting and an
endurance swim. An Eco Tent running throughout the Festival will help visitors
improve their knowledge of whales.
Whale-watching and other marine activities are some of South Africa’s best-known
and unique offerings. While Hermanus is the most famous place to spot whales,
Port Elizabeth, east along the Garden Route, is the focal point for witnessing
another natural phenomenon: the Great Sardine Run. Between May and July shoals
as great as 7km long, 1.5km wide, 30m deep and containing literally billions of
fish, gather offshore in a seasonal reproductive migration. This natural
spectacle brings thousands of visitors to watch. For something with a bit more
bite, a 40 min journey west from Hermanus to Gansbaai brings those after a real
adventure up close and personal with another marine giant with a range of
companies offering the chance to cage dive with sharks.
As well as land-based whale watching, visitors can catch sight of the Cape’s
famous creatures by air (micro-light tours are a popular option) and sea (both
boat cruises and by sea kayak). For those wanting to get away from the crowds
there is also the possibility that you may catch a private viewing of whales off
shore from horseback as you trot along the deserted Grotto beach 10 mins from
the city centre.
Issued by Kallaway on behalf of South African Tourism
For further information check: www.southafrica.net