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Full Day Trip to Hermanus from Cape Town

4.7 / 5

15 reviews

Full Day Trip to Hermanus from Cape Town

From US$ 77.98 per person

Travel along the coastal road to Hermanus. Enjoy some whale watching and wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate. Visit Stony Point penguin colony on Sundays.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Complimentary return transfer available from central Cape Town hotels.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Enjoy whale watching
  • Visit the penguins at Stony Point (Sunday only, time permitting)
  • Experience a breathtakingly scenic drive
Full description

This circular tour takes you over a mountain pass to the seaside town of Hermanus. This town, nestled between mountains and the sea is not only very beautiful but offers some of the best shore based whale watching opportunities in the world (August – November). Close sightings of the Southern Right whale are likely. On the return journey we follow the coastline with the possibility of further sightings of whales (and even the possibility of sighting dolphins). On the return journey you will visit Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate for a wine tasting near Betty’s Bay to have a look at the penguins (optional, for own account and time permitting) before returning to Cape Town in the afternoon. On Sundays, a stop is made at stony point instead of wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson.

  • Return transfers from central Cape Town hotels
  • Non-residents: Wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson (Weds and Fri), Penguin sighting at Stony Point (Sun)
  • Residents: Harold Porter Botanical Gardens entrance fee
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof that they have received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Seasonal departures: July - November only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  • Bring sunscreen
  • For non-residents, wine-tasting at Bouchard Finlayson (Wednesdays and Fridays), or penguin sighting at Stony Point (Sundays) are included in the price of the activity
  • For residents, the entrance fee to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens is included in the price of the activity
  • Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate is closed on Sunday and the tour will not feature wine tasting on this day of the week
  • Lunch is not included in the price of the activity
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 15 reviews

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Book through local partner to save money

Had a great time doing this tour: Everything was well organized, the guides were knowledgeable, beautiful drive down to Hermanus, the whales were amazing to watch! Two recommendations: 1) Book through the local partner directly as it's about 20 pounds cheaper than booking through this website. 2) Book the whale watching boat tour as a combo package with your trip to Hermanus as it will save you some money too.

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September 12, 2019

Fantastic day. Weather was a dream. We have seen wales on the walk.

On the way to Hermanus we drove through a permanently changing countryside. Very entertaining to look out of the window. In Hermanus we walked along the coast with a beautiful view on the wales. Our guide was very nice. On the way back we visited the pinguins and he drove along the seaside back to Capetown Telinho us a lot about locals.

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October 29, 2018

No whales

Now so late in the season it is a bit misleading to "go on a whale watching" as there are no whales. However, we had an amazing guide named Gino who was flexible and drove past "Cheeta Outreach" instead, another fantastic place. We did, however, have lunch in Hermanus and got to see fantastic views on there and back home, as well as a lot of stories you would not otherwise hear. We are super happy!

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November 15, 2016

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