Whale watching in Hermanus

Hermanus is situated on the Western Cape and is famous for its whale watching, both from the cliff tops or from a boat.

After doing a bit of research we choose the company Southern Right Charters to go out with.

Leaving from the new harbour, after a quick talk about whale identification, we set out across the bay in their catamaran to the area where whale watching was permitted.

It didn’t take long to come across a couple of the Southern Right Whales that arrive in South Africa during July and August to mate.

Southern Right Whales are 12 to 15 meters in length and and are distinctive from a distance by their V- shaped blow which can rise up to 4 meters in the air. Once close up the Southern Right Whale has characteristic callosities, which are hard white patches of skin on their head, enabling whale experts to individually identify each whale.

It was fantastic to see the Southern Right Whales approach the boat as well as spotting Cape Fur Seals and Penguins on the trip.


Southern Right Whale




Back on land there are plenty of viewing spots along the cliff top to see whales in the bay.

Southern Right Whale Breaching

Hermanus has its own ‘whale crier’ who blows on a kelp horn to alert people that whales have been spotted.

Some of the birds spotted while whale watching.


Rock Hyrax locally known as the Dassie is the African Elephants closest living relative and are easily seen all over the cliffs along the pathways


Rock Hyrax

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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1 Response to Whale watching in Hermanus

  1. coral-seas says:

    What an absolutely amazing experience for you, Alex. Thanks for writing and sharing it with us.

    Liked by 1 person

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