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Witness extraordinary creatures like this southern right whale in Hermanus, South Africa, when you take a tailor-made holiday with Alfred&. Witness extraordinary creatures like this southern right whale in Hermanus, South Africa, when you take a tailor-made holiday with Alfred&.
Hermanus and Gansbaai
Hermanus and Gansbaai

Tailor-made Hermanus and Gansbaai Holidays

Experience the roaring euphoria of the Western Cape’s renowned Whale Coast in the towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai. Both offer phenomenal front row views when it comes to marine life and wildlife experiences. Giant whales surfacing just metres from the cliff’s edge bring floods of spellbinding thrills. Fast moving copper sharks circling your boat serve up heart-thumping rushes of adrenalin. And cantering by horse along pearly beaches will see you leave nothing but hoof prints in the sand.

From May to December, southern right whales come so close to the shore that viewing from land is just as special as viewing from water. Sea captains will take you out to meet Geyser Rock’s 50,000 strong sociable colony of fur seals and sail you across scenic waters in search of playful pods of bow riding dolphins. It’s in these coastal towns that you’ll find a community supporting, protecting and conserving the Marine Big Five – sharks, whales, dolphins, penguins and seals.

The people you meet will be marine biologists, seasoned fishermen and guardians of gentle giants. Regulars and newcomers are embraced like long lost friends and at lively Saturday markets expect to chat with everyone from the local skipper to the shark expert. There’s a much-loved seasonal tradition in Hermanus too; hearing the whale crier blowing his kelp horn to let everyone know when the Kings of the Deep are close by.

Our knowledge of this area, coupled with skilled guides on the ground, will be at the heart and soul of your experiences. By championing their efforts to keep coastal biodiversity hotspots thriving, we’ll connect you to nature on an unforgettable journey.

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Enjoy rare fynbos and migrating whales at Grootbos reserve

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A memorable whale-watching adventure in Hermanus

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