Now’s The Perfect Time To Enjoy Whale Watching In South Africa
By Stephanie Ogbogu
South Africa is a country that debunks all stereotypes and myths one would have about the continent overall. From their love of horse racing in Durban to wineries and whale watching in Hermanus, there’s a little something for everyone.
Every year from June until about October, southern right and humpback whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to the warm waters off South Africa’s coast. During this time they come to breed and calve and stay until early December. Because of this, July through September are the absolutely perfect months to vacation in Hermanus and enjoy some whale watching. Boat and helicopter tours are offered, giving you the perfect view of these majestic creatures. If you happen to visit South Africa in September this year, you can even attend the 28th annual Hermanus Whale Festival from September 27-29.
In August, there is ‘Kalfifees’, the Calf Festival, in which the first calves are honored by the town. Kalfifees is a smaller celebration than the Hermanus Whale Festival but it is definitely worth a look if you are in the area at the time.
While in South Africa for the festivities, you should consider in taking part in one of the exclusive private wine tasting tours by Explore Sideways, the leader in immersive food, wine and cultural tours in Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa. They curate an amazing wine route in Hermanus’ neighboring Hemel-en-Aarde. During the tour, you’ll drive down the famous coastal Whale Route through Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay, and Betty’s Bay, wine tasting at two premium boutique wine estates. It’s the perfect way to partake in whale watching and a little wine drinking.