|* Great white sharks, Gansbaai - cage diving, photography, whales and seals|
|* Hermanus whales and harbour - shore whale watching and scenery|
|* Fernkloof nature reserve, Hermanus - hiking trail and fynbos (optional)|
|* Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Kleinmond - including birds|
|* Stoney Point Penguins, Betty's Bay - penguin colony|
Shark Cage Diving / photography
Depart early morning for Gansbaai, enjoy a light breakfast on arrival and go out on the Barracuda. The boat trip takes about 2 hours. After returning to shore, we enjoy a light lunch before leaving.
Gansbaai is a fishing town and popular tourist destination in the Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa. It is known for its dense population of great white sharks and as a whale-watching location. Home to several Shark Diving operators, this is the place to be for Great White Shark diving, viewing and photography.
In whale season the boat will take us as close to the whales as possible - often just drifting and allowing the whales to come to us - which they usually do - and they are not called sea blobs for no reason! You will also see the birds and Cape Fur Seals. See Great White Sharks for more info.
Hermanus is rich in breathtaking scenery; with its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it is no wonder that Hermanus is transformed into a bustling hubbub of activity in-season as well as out-of-season. For any intrepid tourist or appreciator of nature's wonders, Hermanus is the ideal location for an unforgettable experience.
It is built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay and is the official Whale Watching Capital of the World as well as a popular holiday destination. Hermanus is surrounded by majestic mountains, indigenous Fynbos and spectacular natural beauty while its residents are the heart and soul of the town providing an unforgettable holiday experience. This coastal resort offers the best land based whale watching in the world. The Southern Right Whales visit Walker Bay from July until December every year. About 60 to 100 of these magnificent animals come here from Antarctica to breed and rear their young. Tourists are often treated with close up displays as these creatures often come to within 10 meters of the coast. The cliff tops in Hermanus offer tourists great views and the ability to watch the whales close up.
Besides whale watching, Hermanus offers a variety of activities; from horse riding, paragliding, kayaking, shark cage diving, fishing, hiking, plane trips to simply swimming and sunbathing at one of many gorgeous beaches, Hermanus caters for every taste. Another popular activity in Hermanus is shopping. An incredible selection of galleries, fashion boutiques, jewellery shops and more are located near the centre of town or within walking distance.
As well as the shops, activities and sightseeing opportunities, there are many markets in and around Hermanus. The Hermanus Country market trades from the Hermanus Cricket Grounds every Saturday from 08h00 to 12h00 and specializes in wholesome organic produce and home-made products. Another interesting addition to the variety of markets in the town is the Hermanuspietersfontein Boeremark, also held every Saturday. Here people can sample excellent food together with Hermanuspietersfontein's unmistakable wines. Once a month the Onrus Market opens its doors with various knick-knacks, snacks, home baked goods, books and much more. The Lemm's Corner Craft Market every Saturday is an old favourite, with unique crafts, artwork, clothes and of course, food!
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 1800 ha in the Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus and ranges.It protects coastal and fynbos and a small patch of evergreen forest. There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity. In Fernkloof more than 1400 species have thus far been collected and identified.
Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
An absolute must visit for photographers interested in Botany - but more so even for birds. Sunbirds around every corner, 3 - 5m away as well as quite happy to have humans around - you are guaranteed to get your shots
Stony Point - Penguin Nature Reserve
The African (or Jackass) Penguins' breeding ground at Stony Point is near an old abandoned whaling station where, from 1917 until the Great Depression, around 300 whales were killed each year for their oil. The whaling station finally closed in 1930 and without any particular reason, the penguins started to breed at the abandoned station.
It is one of only two shore-based breeding colonies in South Africa with the more famous breeding colony at the Boulders Beach near Simonstown. The best times to view the birds are early in the morning or late in the afternoon when they return from their 20 kilometer fishing expeditions. Accommodation available.
Also sharing the breeding site with the penguins are the endangered White-breasted and Cape Cormorants and the vulnerable Bank Cormorant.
Harold Porter Botanical Gardens