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Experience the Hermanus Whale Festival

By Jennideep Hayre

Posted: 26th September 2012 09:01

By Jennideep Hayre

South Africa annually hosts the Hermanus Whale Festival - originally known as ‘Whale of a Festival’ - to welcome back the Southern Right Whales to Walker Bay.

Hermanus is situated on the south coast of the Western Cape and has been branded as the world’s best whale-watching destination. People flock to the cliff-tops to get front-row seats to watch these extraordinary species returning from their Antarctic migration as they dance along the shorelines of the Hermanus coast.

This year the festival will run from 28th September to 1st October and is celebrating its 21st year since establishing as the only South African Enviro-Arts festival. The festival attracted an astounding 137,000 visitors last year so this year will once again prove to be popular.

The event features live performances and appearances from musicians, comedians and sports stars. Hermanus boasts the world’s only whale crier who sounds his kelp horn to let spectators know where the whales have been spotted.  Face painting, bungee jumping, arts and crafts and live shows are on offer to provide entertainment for children. 

On the other hand, adults can roam around the food and craft stalls and Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show.  Activities like the Death Valley paintball, abseiling, mountain biking, half marathon and golf tournament are also available so the festival is suited to the whole family.

If you wish to explore what other parts of South Africa have to offer you will find exhilarating activities ranging from paragliding to hiking and boating with places like Cape Town nearby.

For more information on the Hermanus Whale Festival visit: www.whalefestival.co.za

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