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Whales and Arums Herald Spring

Take a drive along the Strandfontein road heading out towards the Cape Winelands at the moment and you’ll be treated to the sight of countless white arums, habitat of the Cape Western Leopard Toad.

Meanwhile, a drive anywhere from Cape Point all the way to Hermanus via Gordon’s Bay may well allow you a glimpse of a Southern Right Whale waving a friendly tail, blowing a fountain of spray or best of all leaping clean out of the water in a breach.

These reminders point to the arrival of spring, and also remind us that it’s almost time for the annual Hermanus Whale Festival.

The picturesque seaside town of Hermanus is renowned the world over for offering some of the best land-based whale watching opportunities on the planet.

The annual Whale Festival is a celebration of all things whale related, and a full programme for all ages is planned each year.

The 2009 Hermanus Whale Festival’ s preliminary programme has now been published and it’s jam packed with, among other things:

  • A kids market
  • Whale wine festival
  • Whales & Wheels Vintage Car Show
  • Classic Charity Golf Event
  • Comedy show
  • Music including an ABBA tribute and well known Country Music legends
  • A host of adventure activities including shark cage diving

Need to Know

Dates: 24 – 27 September 2009

Preliminary Programme: Go here.

More info:

Accommodation: For luxurious and comfortable Hermanus accommodation contact Portfolio Collection.

IArum image: Joy-Anne Goodenough. Creative commons license.

Whale image: Axel Bührmann. Creative commons license)

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