Wine and whales
Spring is the Cape’s prettiest season, with whales breaching in the bays and bright green growth in wine country.
Add the spring flowers and the Whale Coast and Hermanus offer all of these. To that end, we are offering a 3-night tour to Hermanus that focuses on wine, whales and spring flowers. Throw in a visit to a wild penguin colony and an optional kayak trip and you have 3 days packed with excitement.
Every winter, southern right whales make their way from the southern ocean to the southern coasts of Africa. Here they mate, calve and rest before making their way south again for the summer. Hermanus, which is only 90 minutes from Cape Town, offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world.
Central to this holiday town are the steep cliffs that rise out of shallow water. It is common to sit for hours on end, watching countless whales in the bay. Furthermore, it is one of the Cape’s best locations to kayak in the company of whales.
In addition to the whales, the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley is one of South Africa’s premier wine growing regions. Known for producing superior burgundy varieties, the valley boasts an exciting collection of premium wineries. We spend a day exploring the valley and appreciating its best wines, along with the exceptional local cheeses and olive oils.
If you’re devoted to pollinators, why not join our 4-night Spring Flower tour up the west coast ?
ZAR 15 245 per person sharing a room
ZAR 1 580 single room supplement
We require a minimum of 6 participants to operate this tour at the listed price
We will operate this tour with fewer participants, but a private trip rate will apply
We reserve the right to increase the tour price in the event of a sudden increase in permit or park fees
TRIP FEE INCLUDES
Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
Entrance fees to parks and reserves
Boat-based whale watching trip
Knowledgeable, experienced, English-speaking guide
Friendly, English-speaking driver
Transport in a 13-seater minivan or 17-seater small coach
TRIP FEE EXCLUDES
Additional touring not in the itinerary
Kayaking can be booked for an additional fee
Gratuities for driver and guides
We make use of 4-star guesthouses and small hotels close to the reserves and regions we will be exploring.
All rooms are en suite and breakfast is included
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The weather in Aug/Sept will still be cold and can be fairly wet.
We recommend you bring good rain gear and robust walking shoes for excursions in the reserves.
Warm clothing is also recommended. Please remember, most homes and guesthouses are not centrally-heated and rooms can be cold at night.
We have included a boat-based whale watching excursion. However, this can be swapped for a shark diving excursion if that is preferred.
An additional shark diving excursion can be arranged during the free afternoon on Day 2. An additional fee applies.