Hermanus Whale Festival 2018

by CapeNature

Whale watchers descended on Hermanus this past weekend from all parts of the country for the town’s whale festival which was on from 28 -30 September 2018 and they certainly weren’t disappointed as large numbers of southern right whales played up to the crowd, frolicking in the tranquil waters of Walker Bay.

From June until December every year, the gentle giants undertake an annual migration from their summer feeding grounds in sub-Antarctic waters, to their winter mating and calving grounds in coastal areas in higher latitudes, such as the coast of southern Africa. This year, aerial surveys have revealed the excellent news that whales are being spotted off the South African coast in record breaking numbers.

But there was also plenty of action on dry land as well to keep visitors to the festival entertained, including an eco-marine tent, arts and crafts stalls, live musicians, delicious food, and educational talks on southern right whales and the history of the town of Hermanus.

CapeNature partnered with Good Hope FM to host the #DontBeTrashy Kids Zone which was the place to be with marine-themed games, face-painting and much more!


CapeNature launched the #DontBeTrashy campaign with a beach clean-up Hermanus Old Harbour on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. The next day, the community ran with the concept and organized another beach clean up with refuse collection materials donated by CapeNature.

Once again, the festival delivered on its promise of family-friendly fun in the sun to the thousands of visitors to the Hermanus Whale Festival.

If you’d like to get involved in the #DontBeTrashy Movement, read more here.







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