Hermanus Whale Festival
From: Friday, September 21 2007, 7:00 am
to: Saturday, September 29 2007, 2:00 pm
Hermanus is situated in Walker Bay near the southernmost tip of Africa and is at the heart of the Cape Whale Route, with some of the best shore-based whale watching opportunities in the world. Southern Right Whales are the stars of this incredible annual show.
During the festival the cliff tops around the bay are packed with eager spectators, often with beer in hand, and a convivial and celebratory atmosphere abounds. Quieter spots can be found a short way out of town, and a tip is to get up early in the morning, when there are less people, waters are often calmer and the whales come close to shore. The experience of viewing these creatures as they cavort and leap within easy view is indescribable, and unmissable. If you're a nature lover it will keep you happy for days.
In addition to the whales, if more were needed, the festival offers visitors and residents the best of theatre and music from around the country, and a host of environmental activities. The very popular Arts Ramble is a unique opportunity to visit artists at their studios and galleries and see them at work. For sports enthusiasts there is The Whale Run Half Marathon, and the Wildside Spring Surf Festival, incorporating the SA Kneeboarding Championship. For children there are always lots of activities, stalls and fun shows.
All visitors will be able to enjoy the spectacular Hermanus environment to the full with the assistance of community guides providing information on the whales, guided whale watching walks, guided Fynbos walks, treks with Nature Conservationist guides and more. Every beach nearby is a unique natural phenomenon and all are equally spectacular.
Be warned. Hermanus comes to life during the festival and this is the most popular week of the year - it's a great time to be in the town and highly advisable to book early.