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Shark cage diving and Whale Watching in Hermanus, South Africa – Part 1

Hermanus which was actually called Hermanuspietersfontein is located on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Overview of Hermanus

• It is popular for watching southern right whales.
• This is during the southern winter and spring.
• It is a popular retirement town.
• The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town center.
• They can be watched from as early as June.
• They usually depart in early December.
• They were once hunted.
• This was especially in the nearby town of Betty’s Bay.
• They are now protected.
• This is to ensure the survival of the species.
• There is an old Harbor Museum.
• This contains several exhibitions.
• This includes the whaling industry, and the De Wetshuis Photo Museum.
• This museum houses an exhibition of photos by T D Ravenscroft.
• It depicts the history of Hermanus.
• The Whale Museum houses a skeleton of a whale.
• There is also an audio-visual presentation of whales and dolphins.
• It is shown there twice daily.
• Country : South Africa
• Province : Western Cape
• District : Overberg
• Municipality : Overstrand
• Total Area : 17.56 km2 (6.78 sq mi)
• Population (2001)
– Total : 10,500
– Density : 600/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
• Racial makeup (2001)
– Black African : 22.8%
– Colored : 35.3%
– White : 41.8%
• First languages (2001)
– Afrikaans : 61.0%
– Xhosa : 21.0%
– English : 16.6%
– Other : 1.4%

Location of Hermanus

• Hermanus lies along Walker Bay.
• This bay is on the south coast of the Western Cape.
• It is located about 115 km southeast of Cape Town.
• It is connected to the Mother City by the R43 highway and N2 motorway.
• The R43 continues to Cape Agulhas.
• It is the most southerly point of Africa.
• Hermanus is 40 km from Gansbaai.
• This is a popular spot.
• One can dive among st the Great White Sharks here.
• Hermanus still has a historic railway station building without a railway line.
• The founders of the town decided not to lay any tracks.
• Hermanus stayed a small Fisherman’s Village.

Shark Cage Diving in Hermanus

The Great White Shark which is known as Carcharodon Carcharias is the most feared creature on the planet.
It has:
– immense size
– jet black eyes
– row upon row of razor sharp teeth
– extendable jaws
– ultimate super predator

How and Where it begins?
• Begins from Cape Town or Hermanus.
• Takes you on a scenic drive to ‘White Shark Lodge’.
• Home base is in Kleinbaai.
• Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast.
• Enjoy 36 ft, 4 tonne white shark dive catamaran – ‘Shark Team’.
• The boat has 30 passenger capacities to 20 plus crew.
• Enjoy comfort and viewing pleasure throughout the adventure experience.
• Spend the next 4 – 6 hours diving and viewing.

– intrepid skippers
– a qualified paramedic
– a Dive Master
– friendly crew

Whale Watching
• Hermanus is regarded as the whale watching capital of South Africa.
• Watch these gentle giants in their natural environment.
• This is more than a boat based whale watching trip.
• The tours are operated from the New Harbor in Hermanus.
• It departs 3 to 4 times daily depending on the time of year.
• The trip also depends on weather and sea conditions.
Also see:
– Seals
– Penguins
– Marine birds
– Southern right whales
– Bryde’s whale
– Dolphins
– Humpback whale

Duration of the Trip
• A trip can last anything from 1H 30M up to 3 HRS.
• The boat is permitted to spend 20mins with each pod of whales.

• 09H00 – 12H00 – 15H00
• 07H00 [ sept to nov]

Other Activities
• Team Building
• Sea Kayaking
• Lagoon | River Kayaking
• Shark Cage Diving
• Whale Watching
• Walk the Bay
• Whale Walk Tours
• Horse Trails
• Coastal Flights
• Mountain Biking
• Tree Top Adventure Tour
• Paragliding
• Sand Boarding
• Quad Biking
• Bay Cruises
• Wine Tours
• Kite Surfing

• Hermanus Yacht Club is a popular yacht club in the Western Cape.
• The Hermanus Golf Club in Eastcliff.
• Hermanus is also famous to locals for its historic Windsor Hotel, Marine Hotel, various fishermen’s cottages and old harbor.

• Grotto Beach is the largest beach in Hermanus.
• It’s been proclaimed a “Blue Flag” beach.
• It is known for its preservation as a world heritage site.
Other beaches include:
– Voelklip
– Onrus
– Kammabaai
– Langbaai

Whale Festival
• Hermanus hosts an annual whale festival at the end of September.
• This is held to celebrate the returning of the southern right whales to this bay.
• They return to the bay during the calving and mating season.
• Before this main whale festival a “Kalfiefees” (or “Calf Festival”) is held.
• This is to welcome the first whales which appear usually in August.
Both festivals are characterized by:
– food and craft stalls
– environmental presentations
– south African drama productions

Best time to visit/climate

• The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate.
• It has cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms.
• The Garden Route and the Overberg on the south coast have a maritime climate.
• It has cool, moist winters and mild, moist summers.
• Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is considered to have the second mildest climate worldwide.
• This is after Hawaii.
• Thunderstorms are generally rare in the province.
• Extremes of heat and cold are common inland, but rare near the coast.
• Snow is a common winter occurrence on the higher lying ground.
• Frost is relatively rare in coastal areas and many of the heavily cultivated valleys.
• Cape Town International Airport averages: January maximum: 26 °C (min: 16 °C), July maximum: 18 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 515mm
• Kirstenbosch, Cape Town annual rainfall: 1395mm
• George averages: January maximum: 25 °C (min: 15 °C), July maximum: 19 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 715mm
• Marion Island (Prince Edward Group) averages: January maximum: 10 °C (min: 5 °C), July maximum: 6 °C (min: 1 °C), annual rainfall: 2401mm

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

To reach Hermanus
Follow the N2 eastwards from Cape Town or westwards when coming from George and leave it near Caledon.

To reach Western Cape
By Plane
• Cape Town’s international airport is the country’s second largest after Johannesburg.
• There is also an airport in George which offers connections to most major cities in South Africa.

By Train
Spoornet operates regular inter-city trains from Cape Town to:
• Johannesburg
• Worcester
• Beaufort West
• Durban
• Kimberley
• Bloemfontein
• Pietermaritzburg
• East London
MetroRail operates frequent commuter trains to towns and suburbs near Cape Town, such as:
• Simon’s Town
• Bellville
• Malmesbury
• Somerset West
• Stellenbosch
• Strand
• Worcester
• Paarl

By Car
The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.

By Bus
Greyhound offers a plethora of inter-city routes nation-wide.

How to Get around?

By Bus
The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape as does the Baz Bus.

By Car
Car rental is available in Cape Town and in the larger towns.

Some Travel Books on South Africa

South Africa South Africa – Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at cape.hotelguide.co.za
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at hotelclub.com

Blogs / Sites about Shark cage diving and Whale Watching in Hermanus

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at hermanus.co.za
blogs at sa-venues.com
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos about Shark cage diving and Whale Watching in Hermanus

images at hermanus.co.za
images at wikipedia.org
images at tripadvisor.in
images at sa-venues.com

Videos about Shark cage diving and Whale Watching in Hermanus

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