Grab your camera, smartphone, and friends! It’s that magical time of year again, no not Christmas, whale watching season is upon us! Whale watching season in Hermanus usually commences with the much-loved tradition of the wailing kelp horn, affectionately referred to as, The Hermanus Whale Crier. And what a treat for all to behold in Walker Bay, Hermanus, the ultimate vantage point, to experience these majestic creatures in all their glory.
While the females prepare themselves for calving, this usually occurs between August to September, the burly males arrive, on time, for mating duty towards, mid-October when the whale sighting and population is at its peaks. The winter and spring months in South Africa beckon the mating and breeding hot-spots for the Southern Right whales as they migrate from the Antarctic to our Cape Spring season.
There are dolphins too!
Tourists and locals alike can enjoy the entertaining and mesmerizing aerial acrobatics performances as the dolphins’ somersault and breach with delight. They are inclined to ride along the day-tour boats which is a real treat. On a good day you could be fortunate enough to spot two different dolphin species; Bottlenose and Common Dolphins. And on a side-note, dolphins are the gnarliest wave surfers out there.
But wait, there’s more!
The Southern Right aren’t the only whale species to be spotted in Walker Bay. The ‘hat-trick’ experience is the ultimate goal of viewing all three whale’s species in the bay, Bryde’s, Humpback and Southern Right, during one tour. To witness how these beautiful creatures, interact with one another is a sight to behold – a humbling experience, to say the least. Bear in mind, every boat-based whale watching tour is a unique experience in Walker Bay. Although a perfect vantage point to observe the annual whale migration, a treasured tourist hot spot and mandatory Cape Town experience. On a gorgeous, sunny day out, a typical whale watching trip may encounter quite a few sea creatives to boot; Southern Right whales, Bottlenose and Common Dolphins, the endangered African penguins and possibly even the Cape Fur Seals. And of course, not to forget the abundance of bird life circling ahead.
There certainly is no shortage of photo opportunities to grab along the way. You will absolutely be spoilt for choice! These include the Rotary Way scenic drive or panoramic view in Walker Bay, layers of rich, indigenous fynbos, Hermanus and the Overberg coastal region is a novice or wildlife photographer’s dream come true.
At all times though, it needs to be remembered that we are guests in their natural environment and exclusively observing these glorious creatures should always approached with the greatest respect.
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