1 Day Hermanus Whale Wandering | Whale Coast Closed Group | 1day Whale Route to Hermanus Private Tour | Hotspots2c
Tour
Closed Group
Join a Group
Private
Select Group
Tailor Made

Transport
4x4 Jeep & Van Transfers
Mini-coach
Suv
SUV / Van

Tempo
Medium pace
Packed pace
Relaxed pace

Departure
Scheduled to go
Ask us
Minimums required
show results
Theme
Luxe Bush Escapes
Family Fun
Eco Glamping
Fynbos in Bloom
South Africa
Tailor Made Journeys
Adventure Awaits
Foodie Flavours
Closed Groups
Deals & Specials
Victoria Falls
Close to Nature
Endless Beaches
Wine o'clock
Cape Town Region
Go Wild on Safari
Private Journeys
Join a Group
Go Garden Route
Romantic Retreats
Select Luxury
Whale of a time
Cape's Wildflowers
Get your Summer on
Unlock the Route
Chill in Cape Town
Romantic Winelands
COVID Safe Travels
10% MORE gift voucher
Day Tours
show results
Stay
Apartment
Backpackers
Cabin
Chalet Hut
Guest House
Hotel
Lodge
Outdoors
Tented

Rating
Comfort
Cost Saver
Deluxe
Superior
show results

Hermanus Whale Coast Wandering

wishlist it

from

R1,000

per person sharing
Duration of tour
1 day
Closed Group

Transfer Types

SUV / Van
Guaranteed to depart
Saturday & Everyday

Overview

Wander the winding roads of the Whale Coast that lead to Hermanus – considered to be the best land-based whale watching spot in the world – and visit the African Penguin colony at Betty's Bay and the Harold Porter Garden's coastal fynbos kingdom along the way.

Whilst the Big Five draw many visitors to Africa, the Marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks – are the stars of the show on this tour, with cliff path hikes and the opportunity to make African penguin pals at Betty's Bay. During whale season (June - November) you'll also have a chance to gaze upon enormous southern right whales from one of the best land-based whale-watching sites in the world.

If the big blues didn’t tickle your fancy then the visit to the Stony Point Reserve in Betty’s Bay (home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African penguins in the world) will certainly do the trick! These feathered entertainers always come dressed to the nines and are bound to waddle their way right into your heart. Learn about the conservation efforts of the reserve and have a peek into the many artificial penguin homes littered along the shores. 

End off your adventure with a delight for the senses as you drive along Clarence Drive, with dramatic twists along steep mountainsides, the perfect vantage point to view the vast False Bay. On a clear day, you can even see waves crashing on the tips of the Cape Peninsula.

 

 
 
Start

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
End

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
 
Distance
±
300
km
Tempo
Medium pace
Ideal For
Couple
Family
Friends

Why You'll Love It

  • Hike amongst fragrant fynbos along the Hermanus cliff paths for some of the world's best seasonal land-based whale watching.

  • Meet the cute resident penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve.

  • Wind along the wild beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere with the dramatic coastal scenery of Clarence drive.

  • Hike the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens.

Itinerary

This tour itinerary may run in different or reverse order.
Day 1
Cape Whale Coast
±200km

Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch.

Leaving behind the city lights of Cape Town region, this trip takes you towards whale country along the Southern Coast of South Africa. The annual migration (July to November) of humpback and southern right whales along this region's coastline has earned the unassuming, little holiday village of Hermanus the honour of becoming the best land-based whale watching town in the world. By land or by sea, visitors are able to watch these gentle giants of the deep frolic freely and launch their aerial acrobatics in the Atlantic.

Spend the morning at the coastal haven of Hermanus where winding ocean cliff paths await and are sure to enthral. Meander along paths lined with indigenous fynbos, lulled by the crashing sounds of ocean waves against the adjacent rocky shoreline. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the rich birdlife and the chance to see local marine life frolicking about.

After lunch, as you leave Hermanus behind, it’s an easy-going, two-hour drive to your next port of call, the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Naturalists will delight in the diversity of plant life with more than 1600 species of plant life and fynbos on display. And eagle-eyed twitchers might spot the timid African black ducks, ancient beehives, tortoise, snakes on the trail or the odd chacma baboon or two during the 60-minute walk.

One of your last stops on the Southern Whale Route is a gentle hike to a secluded waterfall deep within the parklands. The Disa walking trail - named for the beautiful red disa orchids which flower on nearby cliff faces - shadows the Disa River in the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and meanders its way beneath giant trees to a Z-shaped bridge and the waterfall beyond.

Then, the journey continues to along this beautiful, rugged coastline to the tiny coastal hamlet of Betty’s Bay to meet another of the Marine Big Five. The endangered and often comical African penguins of Betty’s Bay, with their tuxedo-like plumage, charm from the first. This gaggle of ornery creatures is one of the largest and most successful breeding colonies in all of Africa and gives wildlife enthusiasts a chance to observe them at close quarters.

But the fat lady hasn’t sung and the day still has one surprise in store turning west to head back to the bright lights of Cape Town along the epic Clarence Drive coastal road. The wild beauty of Kogelberg Biosphere is perfectly offset by this picturesque stretch of road that connects Rooi Els village and the naval town of Gordon’s Bay. Arguably the most scenic drive in South Africa, this coastal route snakes its way between the rugged mountains – giving you ample opportunity to snap farewell landscape photos over the 21 jaw-dropping kilometres before arriving at your end destination, Cape Town.

 

 

 

 

 
 

End with a drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation.

 

Included

Closed or Small Group

Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide. This scheduled group tour requires a minimum number of travellers to operate.

As a private closed group tour, the rate will change according to the group size.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

Transport

Private transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-up + Drop-off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Included Activities & Entry fees
  • Hermanus Cliff Paths Walk
  • Meet the Betty's Bay Penguins
  • Harold Porter Waterfall Walk
  • Wind Along Coastal Clarence Drive

Excluded

✕ Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

✕ Meals + Drinks

You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.

✕ Flights

Local and international flights are excluded.

FAQ

How can we help you plan your dream tour package?
Hotspots2c is a tour operator based in the Cape Town region.  We offer tour packages that include guided transport + accommodation + day activities. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to turn your trip wishlist into the tour package of your dreams.
Claire Marucchi
Journey Designer

Firstly it is important for you to know that I literally cannot see a dog without stopping to stroke it. Right, with that out of the way, I have always thought that travel was an important way to learn about oneself, and that it allowed for growth and development. It’s also very exciting – which is why I started out working for a travel marketing agency before I joined the Hotspots2c Team. When I’m not working I’m usually creating decadent baking creations, enjoying music, or spending time with family and friends.

let me plan your tour

Terms & Conditions

Click on the terms for more details.

Payment Policy: Full payment only required 8 days before tour

Full amount required to confirm a booking. Partial payment is allowed, but 100% payment is required at least 8 days before the tour's departure date.

Cancellation / Refund Policy: 7 day notice for 100% credit voucher or 95% refund
 
  • Cancellation at least 7 days prior to tour departure date = 100% credit as a flexi travel voucher or 95% refund
  • Cancellation 3 to 6 days prior to tour departure date = 50% refund
  • Cancellation within 2 days prior to tour departure date or no-show will not be granted a refund

Read the full terms online at https://hotspots2c.co.za/agent#terms  

  • Transfer fees and forex conversion costs charged by the banks will be billed to you.

  

Child Policy: Child Friendly

Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age. 

Standard terms apply

BOOK NOW

Searching Availability...

TOURS YOU'LL ALSO LIKE

Heavenly wine whalecoast
wishlist it
Heavenly Wine and Hermanus Whale Coast
Medium pace
1 Day
from R1,000
Beach Villa
South Africa
Foodie Flavours
Endless Beaches
Wine o'clock
Private Journeys
Romantic Retreats
Whale of a time
Romantic Winelands
Day Tours
Private
    view trip
2 gets 10% off
penguins bottle
wishlist it
Cape Point + Penguins
Packed pace
1 Day
R1,600
from R1,440
Fynbos in Bloom
South Africa
Closed Groups
Deals & Specials
Close to Nature
Endless Beaches
Cape Town Region
Join a Group
Romantic Retreats
Whale of a time
Get your Summer on
Day Tours
Join a Group
    view trip

Know Before You Go

 what to expect

 

South Africa

  

11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho

 

Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.

 

When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however, Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

The shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all-time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild almost all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest climates in the world.

However, the winter rain season can cause some delays for outdoor activities but the mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape Whale Coast & Garden Route an ideal destination during the European summer holidays. You can expect cool mornings and evenings, but usually the climate remain bright and sunny during the day.

 

Best time to go where?

Jun-Jul (winter) = Safari in Kruger region

Jan-Feb (summer) = Cape Town city or beach destinations along the Cape Coast

Year-Round = Moderate Garden Route  

 

Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill

 

Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries

 

What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.

 

Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.

 

Money 

Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 

Tipping

  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Petrol Stations and Car Parking - Petrol station attendants may be tipped a few Rands if they wash the windscreen, and offer to check oil and water and the tyres. Car-guards or parking-attendants are usually given R2 - R5. Car parks and areas around many popular tourist spots are populated by locals in day-glo yellow vests who offer to direct you to a space or to "look after your car for you." They are not threatening and you do not have to pay them, but giving them a few Rands may stop them from turning to petty crime. Cape Town has recently instituted a more formal parking attendant system in the downtown area, where uniformed attendants with handheld machines take payment for parking.
  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, However, should you wish to tip, the recommended tip is usually R10 per person on a day tour and R15 per person per day on multi-day tours. For private tours, R50 per person per half-day tour and R80 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may choose to leave money for housekeeping, this is often between R10-R50 per person per day but is in no way compulsory. It can also be done at the end of your stay
Filters