Enjoy South Africa’s wildlife at the Hermanus Whale Festival

Adventurers who are looking for a unique way to view South Africa’s wildlife this September can attend the 2011 . This year, the African nation will celebrate its 20th festival in Hermanus, a town on the Southern coast of the Western Cape province. Between September 30 and October 4, visitors will have the chance to view the area’s beautiful whales while enjoying music, food, crafts and a variety of other activities.

Despite the many festivities that occur throughout the event, most would say that the whales are truly the highlight of the festival. Each day, guests will have a chance to spot Southern Right whales as they swim through Walker Bay. With cliffs overlooking the sea for more than 7 miles, many claim that the seaside town of Hermanus is the best place for land-based whale watching on the planet.

These whales arrive in the bay in May in order to mate in its shallow waters and generally remain in the area until November or December. During the peek whale season, which lasts from September to November, whale sitings from the rocky cliffs are practically guaranteed every single day. While Southern Right whales are the most commonly seen creatures in the South African bay, other mammals have also been spotted here, such as Orca whales, humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins. Although many of these creatures come fairly close to Hermanus’ cliffs, visitors may want to bring binoculars to give them a better view of the whales and dolphins that are further away.

As guests search for whales in South Africa’s waters, they will also be able to enjoy the wide variety of food and entertainment at the Hermanus Whale Festival. This year, the event is spreading across town, with each location featuring unique activities. For example, at the Hemel and Aarde Village, guests can enjoy music from bands and performers such as Amor Vittone, Sterling EQ, Emo Adams and Fredi Nest. Additionally, for those who want to spend even more time in South Africa’s great outdoors, there will be a Whale Half Marathon and Fun Run at the Hermanus High School. Other sporting events for active travelers will including mountain biking, kayaking, rappelling and paragliding.