Whales and wine, the toasts of our town come together in a full-day experience, tailor-made for you by our MORE Private Travel experts.
And being a private tour, you’ll, of course, have a private guide (come designated driver). Children are also welcome, with a treat included just for them…
First Up: The Southern Right Whales of Hermanus
You’ll be picked up after breakfast from your hotel and taken on a scenic drive down the coast to Hermanus. This local seaside town is recognised by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the top 12 places on the planet for land- and sea-based whale watching!
Each year around June, southern right whales migrate from the Antarctic to the Cape’s warmer coastal waters to calve and nurse their young. Choose between either a land or boat tour – either way you’ll be treated to awesome displays of their breaching theatrics.
But should you choose to go by boat*, you’ll have qualified marine biologists as your guides bringing you up to one of nature’s largest creatures. These whales can grow up to 16m in length and weigh as much as 60 tons – equal to that of 10 African elephants!
After such an exhilarating experience, you’ll need a glass of your favourite vino over which to to share your experiences…
Up Next: The Cape Winelands
From Hermanus, you’ll meander on to the wine route and into either the Elgin or Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Driving between the mountains and vast vineyards, where some of the world’s best wines are forged, you’re sure to fall head-over-heels for the ‘countryside’ of the Cape.
Look forward to at least two wine tastings at renowned estates. A tour is also an option and will take you through the whole process – from harvesting the vines and processing the grapes to bottling and (most importantly) sitting down to enjoy a glass of bold red or crisp white.
While you’re satiating your taste buds with a variety of wines from the tasting menus, your little ones certainly won’t be left out. In fact, we’re not sure who gets the better end of the deal… For them, there’s a chocolate tasting escapade to indulge their sweet tooth!
Don’t worry about them bursting with energy, though – the estates have playgrounds where they’ll run, climb, swing, and jump it off. By the end of it, you all might be a bit peckish and the day ends at a unique restaurant, Bientang’s Cave built into a natural alcove at Walker Bay.
All in all, we’d say that this tour makes for a pretty well-rounded day.
*Boat-based whale watching is an optional extra and incurs an additional cost