The Hermanus Whale Festival is the only enviro-arts festival in South Africa “putting the creatures of the deep on stage and under the spotlight alongside top performers and musicians from 20 September to 24 September”. During the festival, Hermanus hosts over 100 000 visitors overall, making it an exciting and busy time for this small fisherman's village. Viewers are privy to the amazing Southern Right whales and their breeding and calving habits, as well as enjoy music, arts, performances and foods from all around South Africa.
In previous years the festival included several other locations, making it that much more accessible to visitors. These locations host everything; from educational to entertaining and food based to wine tastings. When festival-goers tire of the marquees, there are the walks and view points that offer stunning views of the whales and the ocean.
Other attractions include the Two Oceans Wine, Food and Music Marquee, the Marine Endangered Species Expo Marquee, the Checkers Living Table and the numerous other events that take place during these four days. This family friendly and highly anticipated event gives everyone the opportunity to experience nature and the Overberg in one mass of colours, sounds, tastes and sights.
What Can Be Expected at the Hermanus Whale Festival
Please note that the following is based on previous festivals and might change
- Whale Viewing and spotting
- Big Five’ facts and education within the Endangered Species Marquee – with emphasis on the Marine Big Five and the plight of the Rhino
- Arts and crafts stations
- heckers Food Emporium
- Sporting Events (including MTB races, half marathons and three Old Harbour distance swims)
- Sports stands
- The Whales and Wheels car show
- Concerts and Shows within the Two Oceans Marquee
- Kids Entertainment
The line up for the Hermanus Whale Festival
To Be Announced