Whale Watcher’s Paradise: The Hermanus Whale Festival 2016

Come late September and the world’s best land-based whale watching region, Hermanus in South Africa, will get ready to celebrate the migration of whales, with the Hermanus Whale Festival. South Africa’s sole enviro-arts festival, the Hermanus Whale Festival will be held from 30th September to 2nd October this year.


The seaside town of Hermanus hosts more than 100,000 visitors each year during the event. One enjoys the surrounding natural environment and the overall fantastic phenomenon amidst great food, drinks, great music, and delightful activities.


The event began around 25 years ago in Hermanus, when the locals decided to grab whale watching opportunities at the time of migration of Southern Right Whales and other marine life. Sea-based adventures, exhibitions, and public awareness about the event were by-products of the event.

All about the Festival!

Whale watching is the main attraction during the family-friendly festival, with thousands flocking to suitable spots to see these deep ocean creatures along with other forms of marine life. The festival includes 3 days of fantastic food, fun sport events, coaching clinic, kiddie entertainment, and musical performances by more than 20 artists. Enjoy the signature events of the festival, including the Marine ECO Village, the Vintage Car Show, street parades, and film shows.


Apart from focusing on the huge mammals for recreational purposes, the Hermanus Whale Festival also strives to create awareness about them through the festival. All through the event, visitors are educated and updated on the conditions of this endangered species. Marine Endangered Species Marquee acts as a platform where visitors can learn something about them. The festival also includes a Whale Filmfest, which shows films on a variety of issues associated with whales.


The festival features a series of events, which aim to promote environmentally responsible adventure activities. Have fun during the event’s Adventure Week by participating in its fun runs, night runs, trail runs, and mountain biking.

This Year’s Events

The series of events during the festival this year includes:

•    ECO-Marine Tent, which includes the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot.
•    Several live shows and entertainment. There will be 30 performing artists at the festival.
•    Quality Crafters.
•    Hermanus Adventure Week, which includes open water swimming, night run, MTB challenge, and trail runs.
•    Hermanus Whale Festival Classic bowls tournament.
•    Whales and wheels classic car show.
•    Arts and craft stalls.
•    Music Marquee.
•    Whale Filmfest.

Accommodation Options

Travellers have plenty of options to choose from for their stay during this festival. Hermanus has some good hotels, which can be considered by luxury seekers. Besides, there are many options for those seeking affordable lodgings by way of guesthouses, B&Bs, and self catering options such as the Hermanus Beach Villa or the Whale Coast Hotel. There are well-maintained camping and caravan parks as well.