Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip and Private Wine Tour from Cape Town

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town

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  • 10 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Embark on one of the best whale watching boat trips from Cape Town to Hermanus and see the Southern Right Whales up close. Benefit from private transfers on our whale watching boat trip in Hermanus, as well as a stop for wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde Winelands thereafter. You will be transported in a private vehicle with personal guided interaction on your way to Hermanus, but when you arrive, you will join others in the boat. Enjoy the whale watching boat trips near Cape Town by spotting the southern right whales in Hermanus and visit anyone of the 15 wine estates found in the Hermanus route.

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Pass By: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape

Prepare for an early morning pick up at your accommodation in Cape Town at approximately 6:30 am, as we set off for our Hermanus Whale Watching Shared Boat Trip. The driving time is approximately 1-hour, 30-minutes to Hermanus from Cape Town.

Stop At: Southern Right Charters, The Whale Shack New Harbour, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa

Upon our arrival at New Harbour in Hermanus, guests will be briefed about these ocean giants by an experienced qualified whale watching specialist. Guests will board a modern shared boat with toilet facilities and embark on a 2 to 3-hour sea excursion. As soon as a whale is spotted, the skipper will stop the boat so that everyone can see these amazing sea creatures up close. As time goes by, the skipper and crew members will try to spot more whales to maximize a full whale watching experience. After the boat trip, guests will return to the New Harbour.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Creation, Hemel and Aarde Road, Overstrand 7200 South Africa

After the boat trip you are welcome to stop for lunch (own account) at one of the many seaside restaurants or you may opt for lunch in the Hermanus Winelands known as Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) for lunch and/or wine tasting. We recommend Creation Wine Estate. Should you prefer a take away instead, speak to your guide who will assist you with recommendations at one of the informal eateries.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty's Bay South Africa

Visit Stony Point Penguins Colony situated in Betty's Bay on your way back to Cape Town. Stony Point is one of the largest African Penguins colonies in South Africa. Benefit from close up chance encounters with one or two of these enchanting creatures.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape

We travel back to Cape Town along the scenic R44 coastline with spectacular views of the Atlantic Seaboard. Drop off will be at your accommodation in Cape Town after the tour.

  • Pick up and drop off at accommodation in Cape Town
  • Private tour guide/driver, Vehicle and Fuel
  • Bottled water onboard the vehicle
  • Whale watching boat trip
  • Stony point Penguins
  • Entry/Admission - Southern Right Charters
  • Entry/Admission - Stony Point Penguin Colony

  • Lunch and Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Wine Tasting fees
  • Entry/Admission - Creation
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa


  • Cape Town Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa

Departure Time

06:30 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


02 Jul, 2022

Of course, sighting the whales was a great highlight but the care and kindness of our tour guide Reagan and the captain and crew on the boat made the experience fabulous. Reagan then went on to take us to an amazing winery for the wine tasting and delicious lunch. He is very knowledgeable and made sure all of our requests were fulfilled if at all possible. I HIGHLY recommend him and if I come back will request him as our guide.


27 Nov, 2018

We did this tour for my birthday while we were staying in Cape Town. We were picked up from our hotel and taken out along a beautiful coast line to Hermanus. On route we visited Stoney Point which is a quieter colony of the African Penguins. There were so many to see and you get really close to them as you walk along the wooden paths. It is respectfully done and not intrusive on the Penguins.We were then taken to a wine tasting vineyard which was in a beautiful setting and location. We enjoyed sampling a few wines but didn't drink too much as we were yet to venture out onto the boat for the Whale Watching.The Whale Watching its self is magical. We sat at the front of the boat and got thoroughly soaked from the waves splashing up which in itself was great fun and we were all laughing.Once you reach the area of the Whales you don't know where to look first as there are so many. There is a guide on the boat who explains everything and points out all the different places to look to get views. We dried off in no time as well as the sun was certainly shining on us. The boat company also use a drone so they can filmy you on the boat and get some great shots of the Whales from above. It was totally magical and the experience was truly a special one. The boat was a good size and felt very comfortable and drinks and snacks were provided.When we arrived back our driver took us to a local area for lunch and we got to watch Whales breaching right outside our restaurant. The lunch is not included but the food was lovely and well worth doing after a busy few hours. Plus the stop with local shops and the Whales was an added bonus.The whole day was brilliant. Our guide was knowledgeable and told us lots about the local area and had a real enthusiasm for what he was doing.I would certainly recommend this trip to all and would love to go back and do it again myself.

Charles S

09 Aug, 2017

Just by chance we had the same driver both days for our privately booked tours. Let me start by saying how great it was to get to know Barnabas M. He is a South Africa Specialist so besides taking us to the most beautiful coastal places he also gave us detailed history behind what we were seeing. Beautiful vistas, penguins, seals, whales and don't let me forget beautiful wineries! It was two days of pure fun, lots of laughter and he's flexible to change up things last minute should you desire a longer stay at any one destination. He wasn't watching his watch to be done with his day he went out of his way to make sure we saw what we wanted and had a good time, no matter what time that meant he clocked out. I highly recommend both these tours and asking for Barnabas.

I thought I should copy and paste my reply from previous review and add in that we saw Southern Right Whales on our excursion. We actually watched a pod of about 4. Off in the distance we could see a whale showing off his tail as ours never did that. We did not witness any breaching but I enjoyed the tour.

Ask Barnabas to take you to Creation Winery. Do the 7 course small plate/wine tasting, the food is outstanding! A beautiful day that was.

Leslie H

11 Nov, 2017

We had an incredible day, seeing the whales, penguins and wine tasting. But what really made the day was our driver/guide, Samson who was incredibly knowledgeable and kept us entertained all day and couldn't do enough for us. I would highly recommend this tour and if you are lucky you might just get Samson as your guide. Thank you for a wonderful day.


25 Sep, 2021

We were not able to watch the whales due to the bad weather, so we went to Cape of Good hope tour instead. Our host Ray was awesome - very pleasant , knowledgeable and careful.

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