The annual Hermanus Whale Festival is the ideal event to celebrate the majestic and giant Southern Right Whales migration through the coastal waters from 28 – 30 September.

The recent sighting of 1,347 Southern Right Whales spotted between Hawston and Wistand, near Hermanus was an incredible sight and an indication that migratory season is in full swing.

The Hermanus shores are an ideal location for the perfect view of these gentle giants.

On 1 September a Southern Right whale and her baby were spotted along the coast. The baby whale appeared to be white which is a rare occurrence as only 4% of Southern Right Whales are white.

Annual Whale Festival

The Hermanus Whale Festival occurs over a three day period, with local restaurants, accommodation services and residents celebrating the event along with visitors to the small coastal town.

The festival has been running for 27 years and offers live entertainment, an array of food stalls, land and boat based whale watching, activities for children and front row seats to the stars of the event, the Southern Right Whales.

The Eco-Marine Tent is the festivals biggest attraction as it aims to educate and inspire attendees on the preservation of our oceanic life, how to protect the endangered species and how to play a role in ensuring that future generations may enjoy the beauty of our oceans.

The three-day programme includes a list of activities for everyone, from young to old.

Here are some of the events available during the festival – 

1.Wheels Classic Car Show – 

Over 250 vintage cars will be on display at the Hermanus Primary school. The cars on display range from the 1920s to 1980s models.  At 11am the vintage cars will be driven around Hermanus for bystanders to enjoy.

Date: 29 – 30 September 2018

Time: 8am-3pm


2.Coke Live music line up  

A range of local DJ’s and musicians will take to the stage. Patrons can enjoy live performances by Yung_Major, Derek Live and more.

Date: 28 – 29 September 2018

Time: 1pm


3. Clean up Campaign of Hermanus Old Harbor 

Volunteer to help clean up the beach and the surrounding areas at the Hermanus Whale Festival. To volunteer, email [email protected]

Date: 28 September 2018

Time: 4pm


4. Orchard Show 

The Walker bay Orchid Society will host the annual orchid show at St.Peter’s Hall church. Delicate and beautiful orchids will be on display for visitors to view, entrance cost R15 per person.

Date: 29 – 30 September

Time: 9am – 4pm


5. Whale Festival Street Parade 

The annual parade will depart from Swallow park at 10am and make its way along the coast, passing Gearings Point, Market Square and the Marine Hotel.

Date: 29 September 2018

Time: 10am


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