Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip And Private Wine Tour From Cape Town

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    6:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Airports
    Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa
    Ports
    Cape Town Cruise Ship Terminal
  • Return Details :
    You will return back to your accommodation in Cape Town between 5pm and 6pm.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Embark on a private whale watching tour including hotel-pick up from anywhere in Cape town and travel to the town of Hermanus, one of the best places in South Africa to view the majestic Southernright Whales between the the months of June to mid December. The private tour from Cape town along the coast on the Cape Whale Route is a peaceful experience, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and mountains.

Highlights

  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

Know More about this tour

This is a private tour which includes a private vehicle for you and your family/friends with your own private Tour guide/Driver. It is not a shared transport tour and does not include guests from other establishments. So you will have your own luxury vehicle and a personal qualified tour guide/Driver. This Cape Whale Route gives you a massive amount of options when it comes to exploring the Western Cape beyond Cape town. You are also able to customize your own itinerary under the guidance of their knowledgeable Tour Guide/Driver, but there's also a recommended itinerary for you just in case.

You will be collected from your accommodation at the agreed time and embark on a journey to the Whale watching capital of South Africa that is Hermanus. Along this private whale watching and Hermanus wine tour, you will drive on the N2 through small towns of Grabouw and Elgin, the apple growing region in South Africa until we reach Hermanus for the boat-based whale watching experience. Here you will spend 2 to 3 hours on the water for an encounter with these majestic creatures. The southernright whales can be encountered as close as 50 meters. These whales which in size each equal up to ten African Elephants, normally approach the boat for a closer look. You will begin the tour with a briefing by a whale specialist site guide whilst we are still on land. We then head off to the boat and set sail towards the whales. Light refreshments will be served on the boat and the site guide will make sure that you take enough photos. You will not only encounter the whales, but will also leave having gained extensive knowledge from the site guide about these large sea creatures. There is also a Translator on board the boat.

After the private whale watching tour, you will journey back towards Cape town, but not before a stop at 2 wine estates namely Newton-Johnson and Hamilton Russell. Creation Wine Estate is highly recommended for a food and wine pairing lunch.

Next you will proceed to Stoney Point to see the Penguins colony. This is one of the biggest African penguins colonies. Here you will enjoy taking photos to the penguins. Ever wondered how Penguins survive in South Africa? Well, its because they are African Penguins. After the penguins you will travel back to Cape Town via the scenic Route 44 and see for yourselves what make the African coastline unique from the rest of the world.

You will be dropped off at your accommodation at the end of the tour.

Inclusions

Bottled water

Light refreshments

Wine tasting

Driver/guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private vehicle

Entry/Admission - Stony Point Penguin Colony

Exclusions

Lunch

Gratuities

DVD (available to purchase)

Drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 14-Oct-2019

    This was a great day trip, well worth a visit while in Cape Town. Our guide Danton made sure we had a pleasant time. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The six course paring menu at Creation wines was amazing. The whale watching was great. It was the first day in four days that the boat went out because the seas were rough. We took Dramamine in advance of the boat ride and were not sick. Others did not fare as well, so take precautions or sit in the lower back portion of the boat where you're less subject to movement (the views are great from there too!). Overall we'd do this again in a heartbeat. Ask for Danton, you won't be disappointed!

  • 04-Sep-2019

    Despite some last minute shuffling around, the tour was excellent! Cornelius was fantastic and the company the whale watch was chartered through did an excellent job- whales all over the place and mostly right next to the boat!! The wine tours were just what we were looking for- great wines/ great venues and Cornelius also had a few stops on his own that were particularly scenic- great day!

    Lesson learned- I had to supply my contact info for the booking- but we brought my wife's cell phone/ iPad to Africa. Although I had also supplied alternate contact info (hers)- when the local travel group made a significant change to the pick-up time- they only attempted to contact me- not using the alternate info. I hade re-confirmed all the details two days before we left- I believe your local company had not made any arrangements for the whales OR the guide and had to scramble at the last minute...not very professional- but the day was a success!

  • 28-Nov-2018

    We did this tour for my birthday while we were staying in Cape Town. We were picked up from our hotel and taken out along a beautiful coast line to Hermanus. On route we visited Stoney Point which is a quieter colony of the African Penguins. There were so many to see and you get really close to them as you walk along the wooden paths. It is respectfully done and not intrusive on the Penguins.We were then taken to a wine tasting vineyard which was in a beautiful setting and location. We enjoyed sampling a few wines but didn't drink too much as we were yet to venture out onto the boat for the Whale Watching.The Whale Watching its self is magical. We sat at the front of the boat and got thoroughly soaked from the waves splashing up which in itself was great fun and we were all laughing.Once you reach the area of the Whales you don't know where to look first as there are so many. There is a guide on the boat who explains everything and points out all the different places to look to get views. We dried off in no time as well as the sun was certainly shining on us. The boat company also use a drone so they can filmy you on the boat and get some great shots of the Whales from above. It was totally magical and the experience was truly a special one. The boat was a good size and felt very comfortable and drinks and snacks were provided.When we arrived back our driver took us to a local area for lunch and we got to watch Whales breaching right outside our restaurant. The lunch is not included but the food was lovely and well worth doing after a busy few hours. Plus the stop with local shops and the Whales was an added bonus.The whole day was brilliant. Our guide was knowledgeable and told us lots about the local area and had a real enthusiasm for what he was doing.I would certainly recommend this trip to all and would love to go back and do it again myself.

  • 20-Nov-2018

    Danny was the perfect host for our trip. Knowledgeable, considerate, happy to help when needed. His knowledge of the area was great, and took us to some incredible sights including the lesser known penguin beach. Having a car to ourselves was definitely a luxury we aren't used to, but Danny helped make that even more special. Onto the activities - the whale watching was brilliant - up close with some beautiful animals, and the vineyards we visited were exquisite too. Highly recommended.

  • 02-Sep-2018

    We had a great time seeing the whales and wine tasting. Our guide was Cornileus. He was very friendly and had a good knowledge of the area and wine. He took us to a wonderful spot for lunch and stopped at a few places on the trip for us to see animals and markets!

  • 11-Nov-2017

    We had an incredible day, seeing the whales, penguins and wine tasting. But what really made the day was our driver/guide, Samson who was incredibly knowledgeable and kept us entertained all day and couldn't do enough for us. I would highly recommend this tour and if you are lucky you might just get Samson as your guide. Thank you for a wonderful day.

  • 09-Aug-2017

    Just by chance we had the same driver both days for our privately booked tours. Let me start by saying how great it was to get to know Barnabas M. He is a South Africa Specialist so besides taking us to the most beautiful coastal places he also gave us detailed history behind what we were seeing. Beautiful vistas, penguins, seals, whales and don't let me forget beautiful wineries! It was two days of pure fun, lots of laughter and he's flexible to change up things last minute should you desire a longer stay at any one destination. He wasn't watching his watch to be done with his day he went out of his way to make sure we saw what we wanted and had a good time, no matter what time that meant he clocked out. I highly recommend both these tours and asking for Barnabas.

    I thought I should copy and paste my reply from previous review and add in that we saw Southern Right Whales on our excursion. We actually watched a pod of about 4. Off in the distance we could see a whale showing off his tail as ours never did that. We did not witness any breaching but I enjoyed the tour.

    Ask Barnabas to take you to Creation Winery. Do the 7 course small plate/wine tasting, the food is outstanding! A beautiful day that was.