Wildlife safari and whale watching in South Africa

“This short whale watching tour will take you in search of the ’Big Five’ of the ocean and to the lively small town of Hermanus, deservedly world famous for its land based whale watching”


Johannesburg| Cape Town | Explore the shops, cafes and beaches of Hermanus | Big Five Sea Safari searching for whales, dolphin, seals, penguin and marine birds | Wine tasting tour

Description of Wildlife safari and whale watching in South Africa

This short South Africa whale watching tour starts in Johannesburg and includes flights to Cape Town and transfers as shown. It can be taken as a stand-alone tour or added on to the end of one of our South African safaris.

Your first stop after leaving Cape Town will be the coastal resort town of Hermanus, which offers the world’s best land based whale watching. You’ll have a full day to explore the local beaches, restaurants, boutiques and craft stalls before embarking the next day on a two-hour Big Five Sea Safari, where the goal is to see whales, dolphins, seals penguins and marine birds. You’ll also learn about local marine life from an experienced skipper and a marine biologist.

The next day you’ll board a hop-on hop-off style tour of the local wineries in the Hemel & Aarde Valley, enabling you to explore this beautiful wine region at your own pace. Then it’s back to Cape Town airport the following morning for your return flight to Johannesburg.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wildlife safari and whale watching in South Africa


Each safari provides a real wildlife viewing and conservation experience.

By opting for a safari with us safari guests are already helping to contribute towards our conservation work. In addition guests are afforded the opportunity to gain an insight into real African conservation work if they wish. In this way we hope guests will help to spread the message of what real African conservation is and what the needs are.

All of our food, bathroom and kitchen supplies are from local sources and as far as possible, we aim to use a combination of organic, fair-trade and sustainable products.

We believe that everyone is able to help make a difference towards conserving our environment. When on safari or on the beach, we operate a policy of ‘bring out what you take in’ i.e. we leave no litter or man made products behind.


While on safari we recommend that visitors buy locally produced goods and support local artisans. In this way, visitors are able to help sustain the local community, contribute towards conservation and enrich their own lives. During each safari there will be opportunities to purchase goods from local artists, market stalls and restaurants in keeping with the ideals of fair trade. Our guides will advise on a ‘fair price’ if requested, however it is worth noting that a relatively small sum can make a huge difference to peoples lives in Africa and guests are asked to consider this when bargaining with market stallholders.

Our safari staff are all recruited locally and encouraged to develop within the organisation to achieve their goals and where applicable to produce conservation based items for sale (100% of the proceeds going to the originator). On arrival, we hold an informal chat with guests to explain our conservation work and how they are able to contribute during their safari. A travellers’ code of conduct is also issued with each bespoke safari itinerary.

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