Hermanus - South Africa

Hermanus is unquestionably the world’s foremost land-based whale watching destination. An added bonus is its stunning scenic beauty and extensive cliff-side walkways.

Having grown rapidly to accommodate tourism, the town still retains a sense of the quaint charm of the fishing village it once was. A walk along the Old Harbour gives a glimpse into the village’s past, while a stroll along the cliff path will almost certainly yield a Southern Right Whale sighting during the whale season. This runs from June to December, during which time the Hermanus whale crier - the only whale crier in the world - does his rounds daily at 10am and 4pm.

Dolphins are visible from the shore for most of the year, and boat trips can be taken for closer marine wildlife viewing.

Tours Visiting Hermanus