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  • Only eco-marine festival in South Africa.

    27 September - 29 September 2019.
  • Only eco-marine festival in South Africa.

    27 September - 29 September 2019.


All about Whales

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Hermanus - Cape Whale Coast





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Welcome to the Hermanus Whale Festival

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Known for the best land-based whale watching in the world, Hermanus is just the right place to pay homage to the magnificent Southern Right Whales. And there’s no better time to spot this magnificent mammal than in September which is peak whale-watching season in this coastal village. The town will once again bursts into life with thousands of visitors who will flock here to enjoy the festivities of this prestigious event.
Over a period of 3 days, accommodations open their doors, restaurants dish up mouth-watering meals and the residents of Hermanus open their hearts in a warm welcome to visitors.

Now in its 28th year the Hermanus Whale Festival, is the oldest and largest festival on the Cape Whale Coast in South Africa and while the whales are predominantly the star performers at the festival, they will be joined on land by quality entertainers and musicians, an array of food stalls and kiddies activities and events suitable for both the young and old.

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Eco-Marine Festival

In a short few years, the Eco-Marine Tent has become firmly established as the Hermanus Whale Festival’s biggest attraction.
Popular, informative and entertaining the focused appeal remained to children, adults and anyone who cares about preserving our ocean wildlife.
With a wide range of eco & marine-related environmental exhibitions, the aim of the Eco Marine Tent and the Hermanus Whale Festival is to inspire people through informative, colourful, interactive displays, music, arts and food and informative talks by marine biologists and experts. 

From whales to dolphins, sharks to starfish, our oceans provide us with air to breathe, water to drink and food to eat.
It’s time we did away with plastics, pollution, captivity and extinction.
It’s time to show our ocean and whales, the stars of the festival, some love.

A festival with a focus on the Southern Right Whales

Visitors get to enjoy the unbelievable sightseeing opportunities while getting clued up on the plight of the endangered creatures in the Eco Marine Tent.
The marine giants will definitely remain the stars of the show, but on land visitors to our seaside town can expect to be equally dazzled by great entertainment and activities, gut-busting eats, quality crafts and fun for kiddies.

Have a whale of a time at this family-friendly fiesta

This year’s complete programme will be confirmed closer to the time, but will once again include land & boat based whale watching, arts and crafts, Street Parade and the Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show.
Expect to linger for hours inside the Coke Live Music Marquee, and the Old Harbour Music Arena where various local artists will be performing over the three days of the festival.

The festivities will include Marine Mammal &Eco Talks, Festival of Whales Street Parade, shop-till-you-drop stalls, Kiddies Whale of a Beach Clean- Up in the Old Harbour and on the Cliff Path, kiddies movies and entertainment. The very popular Pirate & Mermaid Treasure Hunt will this year have two tablets as giveaway prizes! Everyone who plays wins a prize!

Join the thousands of people who will once again celebrate the fun in the sun during the family-friendly Hermanus Whale Festival

 What you can expect at the Hermanus Whale Festival

The festival combines whale watching from shore and sea with live shows, hands-on family fun, street parades, film, music, seafood and local produce

  • An inter-active Eco - Marine Village Tent as our main focus are 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
  • Quality crafters on Market Square
  • Kiddies Entertainment on Market Square
  • The popular Street Parade on Saturday Morning
  • Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show
  • Coke Music Marquee on Gearing's Point

The full programme 

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Hermanus Whale Festival Gallery

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    Street Parade


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    Craft Stalls


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    Kiddies fun


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