The Hermanus Whale Festival started 26 years ago in the coastal town of Hermanus. Residents and visitors celebrate the migration of Southern Right Whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and exhibitions, emphasising education and environmentally responsible adventures and activities.
From the 30th of September till the 2nd of October 2016 the Hermanus Whale Festival is celebrating 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.
” Hermanus, known as the best land-based whale watching destination in the world", plays host to thousands of visitors (2014 we welcomed over 100 000 visitors) who flock to the seaside resort to exhilarate in the unique natural environment, watch the whales and revel in music, enjoy great food and enjoy the many activities available during the festival .
The Whales are always the star performers at the festival and will be joined on land by great food, quality crafters, great sport events, 3 day coaching clinic, kids entertainment, a Music stage with over 20 artists performing over the festival, Marine ECO Village, Vintage Car Show and thousands of people celebrating Spring in the most beautiful place on earth - Hermanus
Last year we boast a very successfull Eco Marine Village Tent, great food, quality crafters, great sport events, kiddies entertainment, a music stage with artists consciously performing during the festival, a Vintage Car Show, SA Defence Force exhibition and thousands of people celebrating fun in the sun in this beautiful seaside resort!
What to expect at the Hermanus Whale Festival
The festival combines whale watching from shore and sea with live shows, hands-on family fun, street parades, film, music, seafood and local produce
An inter-active Eco - Marine Village Tent with the theme above and below
Treasure hunt in the Eco - Marine Tent for the kiddies on Saturday and Sunday (12-2)
Great food at the festival as well as restaurants in Hermanus
Quality crafters on Market Square
Kiddies Entertainment on Market Square
Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show
Go-Rally (A breakfast run from Cape Town to Hermanus)
Coke Music Marquee on Gearing's Point
KFM - Live everyday on Market Square
Whale Sporting Events at Benguela Cove
Chris Chameleon - Saturday 8pm on the Coke Music Stage
More information about the Southern Right Whale:
The southern right whale is a baleen whale, one of three species classified as right whales belonging to the genus Eubalaena. Approximately 10,000 southern right whales are spread throughout the southern part of the Southern Hemisphere. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Eubalaena australis
Length: Female: 14 m (Southern Ocean population, Adult)
Did you know: The primary diet of southern right whales consists of copepods, krill, mysids and plankton among other tiny crustaceans.
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