Wildlife safari and whale watching in South Africa
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 Cape Town will be the coastal resort town of Hermanus which is considered the world’s best location for land-based whale watching. In Hermanus you're free to roam and take advantage of a variety of local excursions, such as: seasonal safaris to watch the whales in Walker Bay. There's also every chance that you'll spot dolphins, seals, penguins and a huge variety of birds.
Wine tasting is also popular in Hermanus with hop-on/hop-off tours of the Hemel & Aarde Valley vineyards and wineries a great way to make the most of the sumptuous surrounding scenery as well as getting a real taste for the South African countryside.
Of course, sometimes just time spent relaxing at the beach or delving into the local café culture is the perfect way to take things at your own pace. This is your tour of South Africa so let us know what you're interested in and we'll help you create an active or relaxed itinerary, just for you.
PlanetEach 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.
PeopleWhile 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.