In the southern seaside resort of Hermanus, springtime marks the return of the Southern Right whales. Thousands of spectators assemble on the cliff top for the “Welcome Whale Wave,” a 5 km-long human chain that welcomes the beautiful beasts back into the harbor.
Even if you miss out on nature’s spectacle, there is plenty of onshore entertainment to keep you occupied, including live music and dance performances, markets, and even a Whales ‘n’ Wheels classic car show. This is one of the best on-land spots in the world for whale-watching, and the endangered animals serve as the mainstay of entertainment.
The Hermanus Whale Festival in South Africa is an environmental arts festival that features prominent singers and performers as well as subaquatic animals. Over 100,000 people attend the festival in October to take in the scenic grandeur, observe whales, and listen to live music in Hermanus, the best place in the world for land-based whale watching. Aside from musical performances, the week’s events also include night runs, swims, cycling challenges, and classic car shows.
The 30th Hermanus Whale Festival, the oldest and biggest event on South Africa’s cape whale coast, continues to honor whales and other marine life, both above and below the water. We offer fantastic food, fine craftsmen, fantastic sporting events, kiddie entertainment, a music stage with artists consciously performing during the festival, a vintage car show, an interactive marine themed eco village, adventure activities down in the Old Harbour, and of course whale watching—land, boat, and air based whale watching! Packed with community and cultural activities!