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Our most recommended Hermanus Day Trips

Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

1. Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

Launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders. Enter a nature reserve with the highest concentration of whales in South Africa. Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals and sharks. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, False killer whales and enchanting African penguins. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.

From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

2. From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

Join the most prolific Whale Watching Operator in the Hermanus area, launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders, proven to be the best area with the highest concentration of whales on the South African Coastline. Along the way hear about local commentary of whales, and facts about right whales. Learn about the habitats and their feeding processes. Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals and other marine life. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, false killer whales and enchanting African penguins. This tour offers a great selection of marine life, that you can get up close with wild animals. Relax without ethical dilemma as you support businesses that celebrate animals in the wild. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.

From Hermanus or Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving Experience

3. From Hermanus or Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving Experience

Discover the excitement of meeting a great white shark on this day trip. Choose from a tour with hotel pickup in Hermanus or Cape Town or a tour where you can meet the boat directly in Gansbaai. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch and get a certificate for your shark cage dive. First, enjoy breakfast at the stunning Lodge. The continental breakfast consists of freshly made muffins, quiches, yogurt, cereals, toast and cold meats, tea, and coffee. Meet your skipper for the day, who has extensive experience working in the unique marine area off the southern Cape coast. The skippers log more contact with great white sharks than anyone else worldwide. Have a brief introductory presentation on the Great White Shark and learn how the activity provider works with the sharks in the area. Spend 2 to 4 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat. Be sure to ask as many questions as you wish. Hop into the cage, which takes 6 people at a time. Each person spends about 20 minutes in the cage. All scuba equipment, including 7 mm wetsuits, is provided – you don’t need a scuba license to cage dive. On your return to dry land, you will return to the Lodge for a light lunch.

From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Tour with Transfer

4. From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Tour with Transfer

You will be picked up from your hotel. As we will have a 2 hour long drive, we will pass some of Cape Town's Most Nutorious Townships. Driving Northeast out of the City on the National 2 road, we will pass the first township Langa. Langa is a 'Xhosa' word, meaning Sun. This is the oldest township in Cape Town. Each township in Cape Town has minimum 2 Primary Schools, 2 High Schools, 1 Police Station and 1 Piblic clinic. That is all there is accomodate the Community. Langa also has its own local economy, and has seen it grown from strength to strength over the years. Next we will pass the Cape Town International Airport. This is Africas most award winning Airport. Then we wi pass 'Khayelitsha '. In Xhosa it means ' our new home'. This is the biggest Township in Cape Town with approximately 500 thousand inhabitants. Most of these residents work in Town, and take public transport on a daily basis. Some of them also work in Stellenbosch, as this is closer to home. Next we will pass the Cape Town Film Studio. The film industry grew rapidly in Cape Town during the Lockdown. This is where the Pirate Caribbean and Black Snails were shooted. Then we will pass the wine region, namely Stellenbosch. There is over 300 wine farms in this region. Wine is also one of the biggest things we export to the world from the Table Bay Harbour. Then we will Pass Somerset West. A small town out of the city with approximately 60 000 onhabitants. This small town is known for the Bomb Factory. Next we will Pass Sir Louwry's Pass. This is one of the most beautifull Passes in the Western Province. As we drive through the pass, we will pass the Steenbras Dam. This is one of 6 Dams supplying water to the Western Province. Last we will turn off for Hermanus, where we will go to the Harbour to do the Whale watching

From Stellenbosch: Hermanus Whale Route Tour

5. From Stellenbosch: Hermanus Whale Route Tour

Travel the coastal road to Hermanus for an incredible whale-watching adventure. This tour offers you a full day of highlights of sea, mountains, and nature. Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Stellenbosch. See the penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve and walk to the waterfall at the Harold Porter Botanical Garden. Head to Hermanus for off shore whale watching and a option to board a boat for a whale-watching experience. Enjoy lunch at a sea-side restaurant before your adventure comes to an end.

From Cape Town: Cape Agulhas, Hemel en Aarde, & Towns Tour

6. From Cape Town: Cape Agulhas, Hemel en Aarde, & Towns Tour

Come and Discover the true tip of the African continent and where the Atlantic and the Indian ocean meets. The tour will go easterly from Cape town via the scenic Whale coast route where the rugged Cape folded belt mountains rubs shoulders with the Atlantic ocean in the false bay. After a few photo stops on this majestic whale coast route, the tour will stop at Stoney point penguin colony. Here you will discover the African penguins from close range. From Stoney point, the tour will proceed towards the Hemel n Arde wine region. In this region is where South Africa has some of her best cool climate wines as this region is on a higher altitude and also receiving the sea breeze from the nearby Atlantic ocean. Here you will have a chance to taste South Africa's award winning Pino noir and Chardonnay. After the wine tasting experience, the tour will continue towards Hermanus. A quaint coastal town which is also South Africa's whale watching capital city. Whales can be spotted here from the whale trail along the shores between the months of June and November every year. Hermanus is also known to be one of of South Africa's gastronomy towns and you will be able to have lunch here before the tour continues South east towards Elim. Elim is a quiet and neat town that was established in 1824 by German missionaries as a Moravian station near Cape town. Despite extensive modernization in most small towns near Elim, very little has changes in Elim ever since it was established. Clustered whitewashed cottages with thatched roofs runs parallel the quiet streets of this beautiful town that has close to zero percent crime rate. While you are still here, you will be taken for a walk by your guide and visit different historic buildings to learn a lot more about Elim's history as well as the recent developments. From Elim the tour will traverse extremely south to Struis baai. Struis baai is the most southern town in Africa and it is here that the Cape Agulhas is situated. Cape Agulhas lies in the Agulhas national park. Consisting of a large part of South Africa's wetland reserves, The wetlands attracts over 20 thousand different bird species annually. The Agulhas national park is also a part of the Cape floral Kingdom which is the world's richest flora kingdom. The Cape Agulhas lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse in South Africa and a steep staircase takes one to the summit of the lighthouse for beautiful views of the town and the national park. After exploring the Agulhas, the tour will head North West towards the towns of Bredasdorp, Napier, Caledon, and Grabow before it ends in Cape town to complete an eventful tour to the Southern Most corner of Africa.

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What people are saying about Hermanus

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Brilliant trip even though we were early in the season. Our Skipper and crew were helpful and friendly, and we had a thorough safety briefing. We sat ‘upstairs’ next to the Skipper, he was very knowledgeable, stopped the boat frequently to show us and explain about marine animals. We saw Sunfish, seals, jellyfish, treated to a spectacular display from a huge pod of dolphins and then finally, a wonderful sighting of a Bryde whale and her calf. Beautiful trip around the bay with great views of the beaches. I loved that the crew are so conscientious and that we stopped to pick up large plastic litter…

It was a bit cold but the suites provided were helpful. The sharks were amazing. I would not mind going again. However I advise staying in a city closer to the activity in order to avoid waking up early in the morning

Brilliant day and truly humbling to see the whales close up. Everyone at Ivanhoe was great and their passion rubbed off on us all.

Amazing experience, great team from the beginning with a transfer from cape town till the boat trip with whales and seal

Nice and punctual. We saw 2 whales, a seal and dolphins.