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A Whale of a Time

A Whale of a Time

They visit the shores of the Western Cape every year as spring kicks in. The town of Hermanus, located on the cliffs above Walker Bay, gives spectators uninterrupted vistas of both the interactions between mature whales and the playful encounters between their youngsters.

The Hermanus Whale Festival, taking place this year from 29 September- 1 October, is the only enviro-arts festival in South Africa. It celebrates seasonality and the circle of life on the water level and up on the grounds. It can be enjoyed as a long day trip from Cape Town or better yet as an overnight stay.

The festival offers food experiences, a large range of crafters, sport events, kids’ entertainment, a Music stage with over 20 artists performing over the festival, Marine ECO Village and a Vintage Car show. The full programme is available on the events’ website: http://hermanuswhalefestival.co.za

If you plan to be in Cape Town but still not certain you can make it to Hermanus in those specific dates, you can still view the magnificent creatures and although the celebrations won’t be in place locals will greet you with a smile.

The local craft market is open every day and the town itself, located in the heart of the Overberg region is a comfortable base to explore wine estate that produces cool climate wines, defined more loosely as where the weather both limits grape ripening and offers the threat of serious damage to the vine in the winter. What this means is that the vine grower and winemaker have to be even savvier to produce the wonderfully elegant wines that are increasingly popular with consumers the world over. The Wine Village, one of the famous local wine shops in South Africa, located on the R320 just before you reach Hermanus, is a good and knowledgeable place to start (www.winevillage.co.za).

The full festival programme is available on http://hermanuswhalefestival.co.za/

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