Full-Day Private Whale Watching, Penguin Viewing And Wine Tasting Panoramic Tour From Stellenbosch, Franschhoek Or Paarl

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    08:00 - Paarl, 08:45 - Stellenbosch, 09:30 - Franschhoek
  • Departure Details :
    Hotel, guest house or accommodation establishment in Paarl or Stellenbosch or Franschhoek
  • Return Details :
    The same as point of departure.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund


This private 9-hour seasonal guided tour for couples, families or small groups traveling together takes you to the town of Hermanus in Walker Bay. Hermanus is known as the "Whale Capital" of South Africa (August to October). The Southern Right Whales migrate to the coastal waters of South Africa from the Antarctic to calve and nurse their young. These mammals, only a few feet from the shore, provide an unsurpassed whale watching opportunity. This tour includes a panoramic drive along two stunning mountain passes to Hermanus, as well as along the coast of False Bay, one of the most beautiful drives in South Africa. On the way back an African penguin colony is visited followed by a spectacular mountain drive on the way to Paarl, Franschhoek or Stellenbosch.

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We leave Paarl, Franschhoek or Stellenbosch at 8am and head for the picturesque Hottentots Holland Mountain Range. We pass the beautiful town of Somerset West (and Gordon's Bay in view on the foothills of the mountain) and take on the awesome Sir Lowry's Pass from where we will have a stunning view over False Bay, Cape Town and Table Mountain in the distance. A short coffee stop is taken on the mountain after driving along the beautiful apple orchards of 'Apple Country.'

The mountain pass of Houwhoek now follows, where after we descend and see the quaint little town of Botriver below and the outstretched wheat and canola fields in the distance. Next is the fisherman's town of Hawston and then we drive into the town of Hermanus for whale watching from the rocks. An orientation tour follows along the coastline before we stop on the square known for rock based whale watching. With so many restaurants and craft markets on the square the client can even grab a take-away lunch and watch the whales while enjoying it.

After lunch and enough time for whale watching we return via the panoramic False Bay Coastal Drive. In Betty's Bay we turn off and drive to Stoney Point to see the hundreds of African penguins in their natural habitat, the beach. We then carry on with this spectacular Clarence Drive drive, Rooiels and Gordon's Bay and join the main highway to take us back to point of departure. Arrival in Paarl, Franschhoek or Stellenbosch is at approximately 17h30.


  • Wine tasting
  • Binoculars included
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or sedan
  • Chilled Mineral water
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in any of the towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch or Franschhoek.
  • Bottled water


  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A maximum of 7 people per booking

Minimum drinking age is 18 years

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate