Whale Watching Tour from Cape Town

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town

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


Every year, from July to October, the Southern Right Whales bask in the warm waters of the Hermanus coastline. This full-day whale watching and sightseeing tour will not only take you the Hermanus coastline, but will guide you along the scenic coast.


Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay & Betty’s Bay
The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
Drive through Hamilton Russell Wine Estate (except Sundays)
Rotary Drive
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Land Based whale watching
Whale-watching boat trip (optional)
Wine Tasting at Benguela Cove
Sir Lowry’s Pass
Wi-Fi on board

Stop At:

• African Eagle Day Tours, 4 Malta Road Mowbray, Cape Town Central 7780 South Africa
• Hermanus Cliff Path, Westcliff Rd, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200 South Africa
• Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus, Overstrand South Africa

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport
  • Professional guide

  • Boat Trip (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • 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
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
we pick you up at any accommodation

Departure Time

08:00 AM

Voucher info

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


9 hours

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

User's Reviews

David B

10 Sep, 2019

Firstly, the day out we had, bore no resemblance to the previous reviews. It does illustrate however, how much the weather and/ or guide can influence the enjoyment or otherwise of this trip. Pick up was on time, the only surprise being that there were 7 others in the mini bus on the same trip - but this did mean we then got charged the reduced fee for a 'group'. Our guide was personable and chatty and gave us a running commentary of what we could see and some of the history behind South Africa. The botanical gardens (£ included) were a bit of a dead loss purely because it was the wrong time of year, but served as useful 'stretch' stop en route. The boat based whale watching (optional - £ not included) was helped by the fact that it was wall to wall blue sky and mill pond like sea state. This was early Sept and during the 2 hrs or so, we saw probably 5 or 6 whales with calves close up and a pod of bottlenose dolphins. Lunch was in Hermanus (£ not included) and you could go to whichever restaurant/cafe that took your fancy. On the way back to Cape Town we stopped at a vineyard for a wine tasting session (£ included). All very nice. Overall a full day out 08:45 to 18:00 - no complaints at all.


08 Sep, 2019

A very scenic drive along the coast to Hermanus along with a visit to a penguin colony and a, winery tour before lunch and then a great two hours of constant whale sightseeing from the tour boat Highly recommend this tour


21 Nov, 2018

I had high hopes for this tour, since I was told that it would be an ocean safari. The day started with the driver, Adolph, showing up at the hotel 30 minutes late. Then, I spent the majority of the time in a tour van. We stopped once for 10 minutes, and there we saw the first whale. We were told that the boat tour was optional, but after much complaining, we were put on a boat. This boat was made for 40 people; there were 60 of us on it. Wth choppy waves and high seas, it was clearly unsafe. In 6 hours of driving, we stopped for 15 minutes TOTAL which included a bathroom break. Adolphwas more concerned about getting his lunch and tips than taking care of the customers. He sped up and down the mountains with little to no regard for the 8 of us in the van. During the six hours, we went to a garden but was told not to look around and only se their bathroom, and we were forced to have once at a restaurant of his choice, not ours. Finally, we stopped at a diamond place so he could use their credit card machine to take our payments, since he forget his machine. Finally, I was charged an extra R60, for no reason, and more than EVERYONE else in the van. It's as if Adolph's goal was to get kick backs at every stop we made. The most disturbing thing about this whole situation is that whale season ended the first week of November, and it's now the fourth week, and they're STILL taking reservations. I learned of this situation AFTER the tour began. I understand that it's nature, and the disclaimer is that we may not be able to see any animals. Nevertheless, to actively take reservations during the off season and play up that whale watching is a possibility is unethical. If there was a 0/5, I would have picked that score, but 1 is the lowest, so I chose the 1. People who read my reviews know that I usually try to find a bright spot. In this case, the fellow sufferers were a joy to be with during this travel ordeal. I've travelled a lot over the years, and I've never experienced this kind of disregard and shadiness ever in my experiences. I deserve an apology and a refund, but I know I won't receive either of them. Ergo, this review.


05 Aug, 2018

We booked the Hermanus Whale watching tour with African Eagle Day Tours. We did this tour July 2018. We were picked up in Cape Town, it had been raining over night and it was a overcast morning. The driver/guide told us we would drive along the scenic route to Hermanus. It was very scenic and we stopped in Betty's Bay where there is a high colony of penguins. We were told we had 20 minutes to view them. You pay 20 Rand to go onto the viewing platform. This was the highlight of the tour we saw lots of wild Penguins and Dassies. When the 20 minutes was up we went back to the guide. He informed us there would be no whale tours because of the choppy sea. We were disappointed but there was nothing the guide could do. It's a shame we then didn't spend longer time at Betty's Bay. Also one of the tour group asked if were going to the Botanic gardens which was advertised on the trip. He was told we wouldn't be going there as there wasn't much to see! So we drove off around the Hermanus area trying to spot Whales. The area is very pretty, the landscape is beautiful. We didn't see any Whales which was a shame but there wild and it's not like we were going to a zoo, so it's just bad luck. We were then dropped off in Hermanus for us to wander round on our own for two hours. Town is ok but very small and it started to rain heavily and there isn't much shelter around, so we couldn't wait to be picked up again. The guide didn't seem sure what to do next as it was only 2pm and it was a full day tour. He then said he would take us to a Winery, so we were driven there and that was shut! So we went to a viewing point which was very pretty over Hermanus. We were then told we were going to be driven back to Cape Town by the motorway it was only 2.30. We had another stop off on the way back at a farm shop where the guide did his food shopping. Got back to Cape Town at 4pm. Not what I call a full day tour. I can understand that it's not the tour company fault that the Whale tour was called off but there was no plan of what to do if the whale tour was cancelled. So it wasn't well organised by the company they need to have an iteniary/ back up plan if there is no whale tour. Not wander aimlessly to a shut winery and watch your guide do his shopping in a service station off the motorway. Disappointing!


27 Sep, 2022

Hatte über TripAdvisor zuerst nur den Bustransfer nach Hermanus gebucht. Der Bus war pünktlich und der Preis mit ca. 70,- € ok. Vor Ort konnte man dann eine Bootstour dazu buchen für 60,-€ . Das beinhaltete eine ca. 1/2 stündige Fahrt zu den Walen, die in der Bucht die Kälber großziehen. Dort ca. 1 h nah an den Walen und wieder ca. eine 1/2 stündige Fahrt zurück. Ich hatte eigentlich erwartet aufs Meer rauszufahren und dort die Wale zu sehen, aber meine Erwartungshaltung war wohl zu groß. Wenn man noch nie Wale aus der Nähe gesehen hat ist das wahrscheinlich beeindruckend sonst auch aufgrund des hohen Preises eher enttäuschend. Was man erst nach der Bootsfahrt gesagt bekommt ist, das man auch von Land aus die Wale mit einem Fernglas beobachten kann. Man kann zwar nicht so nah heran aber hat 60,- € gespart! Es gibt eine Restaurant mit einer guten Aussicht (Bientang's Cave) direkt an der Hermanus Waterfront. Im Busprogramm sind auch noch ein der Besuch eines Aussichtpunkts mit Sicht auf Hermanus und der Besuch eines Weingutes enthalten. Weder der Fahrer noch der Guide hatten eigentlich großes Interesse daran und haben sich darüber beschwert, dass der Veranstalter zu viel in das Programm gepackt habe. Während der Aussichtspunkt noch ok war (war auch kein großer Umweg) war der Besuch des Weingutes eine Katastrophe, Das eigentlich vorgesehene Weingut hatte geschlossen (prüft der Veranstalter das nicht oder waren wir schon zu spät?) so dass der Guide und der Fahrer verzweifelt nach einem alternativen Weingut suchten. Nach ca. 20 min Umweg hatten wir tatsächlich eines erreicht, aber das als Besuch zu benennen war schon dreist. Der Bus ist einmal auf den Hof gefahren und dann wieder raus. Immerhin waren wir pünktlich wieder in Kapstadt, wobei der Fahrer schon sportlich (aber gefühlt einigermaßen sicher) fuhr. Ach ja, es gab noch einen1/2 h stündigen Besuch eines Botanisches Gartens. Für Pflanzenliebhaber wohl ganz nett, aber die meisten kommen wohl eher wegen der Wale Fazit: Bustour nach Hermannus ist ok, aber bitte ohne Weingut. Bootstour muss jeder selber wissen.

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