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Hermanus Whale Watching Festival

Listed under Festivals in Western Cape, South Africa.

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Hermanus, on South Africa’s western cape, is one of the worlds best spots (on land) for whale watching. On the route of the Southern Right Whales migration, Hermanus celebrates their return to the waters of Walker Bay in an annual September whale watching festival, held also to celebrate the beginning of spring.

In addition to whale watching, festival goers can experience an eclectic range of entertainment including cabaret, comedy and theatrical entertainment put on for the festival, they can also participate in the worlds only Welcome Wale Wave (a version of a Mexican Wave.).

The festival invites celebrity guests, speakers and chefs, who prepare a gala banquet to celebrate the crowing of the Prince and Princess of Whales and if you like sports there is also a the Whale Festival Half Marathon and the Whale Festival Golf Championship.

Official Hermanus Whale Watching Festival Website.

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Regarded by WWF and Greenpeace as being one of the world's best locations to watch Whales, it holds the annual week long Whale Festival at the end of September, which attracts over 100,000 eager Whale watchers. Southern Right Whales, Humpbacks and Bryde Whales are spotted, with the highest number of 193 Whales ever being viewed in one day in October 2008 - (the Whale watching season is from June to December each year.) 4 separate Whale Watching boat operators organise trips will take you out to sea to meet them up very close, but cliff top viewing spots are everywhere, allowing you many great vantage points to witness these huge gentle creatures slowly swim by.

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