Hermanus is an awesome seaside resort in Walker Bay one hour from Cape Town which offers the best whale viewing from land in the world. A cliff path stretching from one side of the town to the other, hugs the coastline for about 12 km giving whale watchers unlimited opportunities to study the gentle giants sometimes within 20m in the coves below or lolling just beyond the breakers. The most frequently viewed whale is the Southern Right Whale, but other species also appear. They start arriving in May in order to calve and to mate in the shallow water. Peak time is October, but many can still be seen in November, tailing off in January. Dolphin species may also be seen in the region like the Heavisides dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin and Common dolphins.
Hermanus has the first Whale Crier in the world who is not only a major attraction but keeps visitors informed as to where the whales can be seen when he does his rounds every day. The sound of his kelp horn has become a characteristic of the charm of this seaside resort during the whale season, call 0283122629 for whale info. You can also take a boat safari in a ski boat for 1-2 hours getting within 50m of the whales and calves. The annual Hermanus whale festival is normally in the last week of September.