Your guide to the Hermanus Whale Festival

26 September 2019

The Hermanus Whale Festival, the only Enviro-Arts festival in South Africa, is held annually to celebrate the return of the Southern Right whales to the waters of Hermanus. These gentle giants are the main attraction, but there is also loads to do, eat, and drink, with a range of attractions from live music to vintage cars.

This year’s Hermanus Whale Festival takes place 27-29 September 2019.


What to expect

The festival combines whale watching from shore and sea with live shows, hands-on family fun, street parades, film, music, seafood, and local produce. There truly is something for everyone:

  • An interactive Eco-Marine Village Tent where you can learn about conservation
  • Eco-Marine talks about whales, penguins, and white sharks
  • Treasure hunt for the kiddies on Saturday and Sunday between 12:00 and 14:00
  • Good Hope FM broadcasting live for three days at the festival
  • Great food at the festival site as well as restaurants in Hermanus
  • Quality crafters on Market Square
  • Kiddies’ entertainment on Market Square
  • The popular Street Parade on Saturday morning
  • Whales and Wheels classic car show
  • Coke Music Marquee on Gearing’s Point with live music

See the full programme here, and check out the video below for a bird’s eye view of the festivities:

Accommodation in Hermanus

There are many accommodation options to choose from all over Hermanus. There are hotels, holiday homes, apartments, guest houses, b&b’s, hostels, and even farm stays. We recommend using to find your perfect place to stay.

About Hermanus

With beaches and lagoons, restaurants and wine farms, holiday homes, and general all-round beauty, Hermanus is one of the most vibrant holiday destinations in the country and is close enough to Cape Town to warrant a day trip.

The jewel of the Overberg and capital of the Cape Whale Coast Route, the greater Hermanus area stretches from Fisherhaven and Benguela Cove on the Bot River estuary past the quaint villages of Vermont, Onrus and Sandbaai, through to De Kelders, Gansbaai and Pearly Beach. It is less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town via a scenic route through Betty’s and Pringle bays, or the N2 highway. It is also only about an hour from Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa.


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