Explore South Africa's coastal Overberg, which lures a wealth of whales to its bays from winter to springtime.
Guests are met at any location of their choice in Cape Town from where the Whale Route Tour makes its way to Hermanus, traveling through the towns of Rooi Els and Betty's Bay and following one of the most scenic coastal routes in South Africa. Several stops are made at various vantage points to enjoy the spectacular scenery. From June to November, the waters around Hermanus are frequented by the southern right whale. Stops will be made to observe these magnificent mammals as they frolic near the shore. The overnight destination in Hermanus is reached during the afternoon. The town is situated on the shores of Walker Bay with sweeping views over the Indian Ocean. Behind the town, rugged mountain scenery adds to the natural splendor of this area.
A morning visit is made to the Hamilton and Russell Vineyard, located a stone's throw from Hermanus in the Heaven and Earth Valley. It is one of the most southerly vineyards in South Africa and also has the distinction of being one of the closest vineyards to the ocean. This fine wine estate is world-renowned for the excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines it produces. Guests attend a discussion highlighting the process by which wine is produced in this region. You will also have the opportunity to sip some of the fine wines produced at Hamilton and Russell. The afternoon is spent in Walker Bay visiting various vantage points from where whales can potentially be spotted. A whale watching cruise is also included during the late afternoon, providing you with the opportunity to observe the southern right whales up close.
After breakfast we devote some time to visiting the Hermanus Whale Museum, where a wealth of information about these magnificent mammals is provided in the form of an audio visual presentation. It tells the story of their incredible lives and the great journeys they undertake, traveling thousands of miles in the world's oceans. The Whale Route Tour then makes its way back to Cape Town via the apple-producing regions surrounding Grabouw and Elgin. The imposing Sir Lowry's is traversed as we cross the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, passing the town of Somerset West before reaching Cape Town.