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Posted on Saturday May 5, 2018

Whale Festival
Image Credit: Hermanus Whale Festival

Hermanus Whale Festival 28th to 30th September 2018

The Hermanus Whale Festival is an annual event that started 27 years ago in the coastal town of Hermanus. Visitors flock to celebrate the Southern Right Whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and exhibitions, adventures and activities.

This year, from 28th to 30th September, the Hermanus Whale Festival welcomes visitors to the “only Eco-marine festival in South Africa.” The weekend-long event puts the creatures of the deep under the spotlight, alongside performers and musicians from around the country.


Clean-Up Campaign of Hermanus Old Harbour


The Festival takes place in the town centre of Hermanus which hugs the coastline, this is spectacular location for being able to see the whales from land but sadly it is a huge negative for the amount of litter that can easily make its way into the ocean, sign up for the Ocean Clean Up that will take place on the 28 September at 4pm and Saturday 29 September 2018 at 5pm. Meet 15 minute prior at the Eco-Marine tent to be apart of this initiative and “Keep the Hermanus Whale Festival Clean and Green!”


Whale, Whales and More Whales!


As the town is famed for the best land-based whale watching in South Africa, Hermanus is the perfect place to host an event paying homage to the magnificent whales. September is the ideal time of year to visit this coastal village as it is peak whale watching season from June to December.

While the whales undoubtedly remain the star of the show, on land, the Eco Marine Tent highlights the magic that Hermanus has on offer with regards to its marine life diversity. This tent showcases the whales, penguins, seals, dolphins, sharks and fynbos resident in the region.

Learn more about the southern right whales by talking a quick informative walk through the Whale Museum which is situated in the town centre. Here you can put all your whale sightings into perspective. What better way than standing beneath a real skeleton of a southern right whale. This petite museum needs about 20 minutes to explore.


What you can expect at the Hermanus Whale Festival

  • An inter-active Eco – Marine Village Tent as our main focus is on conservation
  • Eco-Marine talks about whales, penguins, white sharks ( shark week)
  • Treasure hunt in the Eco – Marine Tent for the kiddies on Saturday and Sunday (12-2)
  • Good Hope FM broadcasting live for 3 days at the Whale Festival
  • Great food at the festival as well as restaurants in Hermanus
  • Crafters on Market Square
  • Kiddies Entertainment on Market Square
  • Street Parade on Saturday Morning
  • Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show
  • Coke Music Marquee on Gearing’s Point

Tickets for the 2018 Hermanus Whale Festival

Email for details and bookings.

Whale Watching Trips for the Hermanus Whale Festival

When attending the Whale Festival you may want to explore Walker Bay on a whale watching trip. See the whales eye-to-eye on a kayak, get a birds’ eye view by plane, or join one of our boat based whale watching trips to get close up and personal.

Get in touch by filling in our online booking form, calling us on +27(0)82 353 0550 or emailing We look forward to welcoming you to Hermanus.



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