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Whale and Dolphin Safari

   * Chauffer or Self-drive *         4 DAYS








  • Get up close to a variety of Whales, Dolphins, Seals & Sharks

  • Visit Hermanus - best land based whale watching venue in the world

  • Stay 2 nights in Knysna - the Jewel of the Garden Route

  • Take a boat cruise to get up close with whales and dolphins


Whale watching Tours depart from Cape Town and end at George Airport. The tour will operate from 15 June to 15 November each year to coincide with the presence of the numerous Southern Right Whales that migrate to the coastline of South Africa. Accommodation is in three or four star Guest Houses, Lodges or Apartments and includes daily breakfasts, Dinners and Lunches as per itinerary.


DAY 1  (Lunch)

Departing from Cape Town at 09h00, the first destination is Hermanus. This quaint seaside village is arguably one of the finest land based whale watching venues world-wide. The town whale crier announces the presence of whales by blowing his horn made of dried seaweed. The steep cliffs and deep water allow the whales to come within a few meters of the shore.

After lunch and an optional wine tasting the trail takes us to  the Breede River and an overnight stop at Witsand.  Spend some time in the late afternoon whale watching, then enjoy dinner at the lodge.

DAY 2  (Breakfast)

Sunrise will see you at the cliffs of San Sebastion Bay, recognized as having one of the largest population of whales in the Southern Hemisphere. After breakfast the journey takes us through forest and lakes to Knysna. En Route we stop at Mossel Bay and take a boat cruise out to Seal Island. Here you will see hundreds of Cape Fur Seals and perhaps a Great White Shark.

The day is ended with an optional evening sunset cruise on the Knysna Lagoon. Overnight in Knysna -  Jewel of the Garden Route.

DAY 3  (Breakfast + Dinner)

In the early morning an optional exciting boat ride through the Knysna Heads will take you out to sea and to visit the playground of the whales. The afternoon is free for optional activities. These include the Knysna Elephant Park or the popular Knysna Township Tour.

Guests may also go for a beach walk at Brenton on Sea - keep an eye open for marine life and the rare endangered Black Oyster Catcher. After Sunset prepare for a traditional Barbeque (Braai) at the Knysna Yacht Club.

DAY 4  (Breakfast)

After breakfast the tour winds its way to Plettenberg Bay. Once again you have the optional opportunity to go to sea and experience whales and dolphins at close range. (For those not wanting to go out onto the ocean an alternative land based whale watching trip will be arranged at Keurbooms and Natures Valley)

Lunch may be enjoyed at the beachfront before departing for George for your onward flight. Guests have an option of continuing their journey by luxury coach or private road transfer.


Included in The Price: Cape Town hotel pick-up. Ground Transportation in a luxury air-con vehicle with a chauffer driver. Three nights accommodation with breakfasts. 1  Lunch and 1 dinner. Boat Cruise to Seal Island. Drop- off at George Airport. Bottled water.

Not included in the Price: Meals not specified; optional activities and excursion; alcoholic  drinks, tips and personal items.



After your whale experience you may wish to see the rest of the Big Six. An overnight visit to a nearby Private Game Reserve will allow you to see all of the big five while staying in luxury accommodation.


Southern Right  Whale


 Dolphins in Plettenberg Bay

 Southern Right Whale










Recommended Accommodation in Hermanus


On The Cliffs Guest House   **** 



Accommodation in Hermanus on the sea front in an upmarket luxury guest house, or boutique hotel as our English guests describe us, where all rooms have panoramic sea views ideal for whale watching and are fully en-suite with king-size beds, private balconies or patios and luxury fittings. Rates include bed and breakfast. Our Guest house in Hermanus provides awesome whale watching opportunities. This unique Hermanus accommodation, where you can watch whales from your bed or private patio, has 4 stars and is a luxury guest house with magnificent sea views. Listen to the sea gently lull you to sleep each evening. Shark cage diving or shark based activities can be arranged and is an easy drive from Hermanus.

Hermanus has wonderful beaches stretching for miles and swimming areas with life guards. We can also arrange whale watching cruises, scuba diving, paragliding, horse riding on the beach, fishing, golf, quad biking, sea kayaking, wine tasting at top wine estates surrounding Hermanus, trips to the penguin colony, 4x4 beach picnics, etc. Walk from our front gate along the cliffs to town or the New Harbour and watch whales jump or swim sometimes so close you feel you can touch them or just sit and enjoy the stunning tranquility and beauty.

  Web:  www.onthecliffs.co.za E mail : onthecliff@hermanus.co.za
  Tel:    +27 (0) 28 313 2806 Address: 42 Westcliff Road, Hermanus
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