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The Hermanus Whale Festival 2012, Western Cape

From the 28 September to 1 October the Hermanus Whale Festival 2012 is your chance to see some of the world's most amazing creatures in a festival dedicated to their existence. While driving around in the Western Cape at the end of September, you will have the opportunity to view whales in their natural habitat. This is an unforgettable experience, especially as their numbers dwindle.

The Hermanus Whale Festival 2012 - During The Day

Thousands flock to this coastal town to enjoy the Hermanus Whale Festival. Photo: Rob W

Hermanus is a coastal town of the Western Cape and only a few hours drive from Cape Town. Visitors to the Hermanus Whale Festival can enjoy some excellent food and music from the locals. The Checkers Food Marquee will also be housed in a 60 m by 40 m venue and will offer visitors everything from casual, to gourmet dishes and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Alternatively, why not visit some of the local restaurants in the mall located right near the viewing points. These include Europa, Dutchies and Amigo's Cantina.

In the spirit of catering for a wide audience enjoying the Hermanus whale watching, visitors will even be able to see the Phantom of the Opera showcased during this time.

General Activities and Local Attractions

Be part of the fun half marathon during the Hermanus Whale Festival. Photo: Juergen Buergin 

The Whale Half Marathon will take place during Hermanus Whale Festival 2012. Participants are encouraged to take part as a means of raising funds. The unique Village Square pageant is a beauty pageant that both the guys and girls can participate in. There is real prize money at stake here so it’s worth getting your entries in for bit of fun and the chance to win some cash.

Getting Tickets for the Hermanus Whale Festival

Ticket for the Hermanus Whale Festival 2012 will be available from the website or at the gate. You can sign up to receive information about when tickets go on sale, as well as the itinerary and other important traveller information by signing up to receive the festival’s newsletter. This can be done via the website by simply giving them your email address.

According to the organisers, the festival will continue to grow this year to include 10 events around the Hermanus area. These festivities should go into the school holidays making it the perfect activity for families looking to spend quality time together in a fun and educational way.

Getting There

It’s easy to get to the festival from Cape Town. All you need to do is take the N2; you will be choosing the ramp that’s labelled Somerset West. From the Cape Town International Airport follow the N2 to Settlers Way. Head straight on to the freeway until road signs will guide you into Hermanus where you are free to enjoy the Hermanus Whale Watching Festival in all its glory.

Travelling Information for Tourists

Drive the beautiful Ou Kaapse Weg on your way to the Hermanus Whale Festival. Photo: Bug-E

For those that are in need of vehicle hire, Drive South Africa offers a range of options. There is a wide selection of vehicles available from cars to campers. Take advantage of premier vehicles that will get you to the festival in style by hiring a car for the duration of your stay.

Guided tours can be arranged where professionals will get you to your destination. However, exploring the area for yourself can be a rich and rewarding experience. The festival is not difficult to find and will take you through Strand and over Ou Kaapse Weg at the initial stages of your journey. This way you’ll be able to view the long stretch of ocean in Gordon’s Bay as you set out from Somerset West. If you aren’t used to the African sun, be sure to equip yourself with sunscreen, a hat and even an umbrella, as there is little covering along the viewing walks.

To simply stare at the majestic whales is an experience in itself. Photo: The mule

The Hermanus Whale Festival 2012 promises to be another success as it has always been in the previous years. View some of the world’s most rare, magnificent creatures of the deep while enjoying this quaint little town with its unique coastal atmosphere and friendly hospitality.

Jacqueline Freer

Jacqueline Freer Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog Jacqueline has a career background consisting of nightlife eventing and entertainment fused with hospitality then blending with branding and business and over the past few years focusing on digital media. Her personal passions include the arts, travel, food, film and photography. Please visit the Inrichmint Media Studio website.
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