Hermanus Whale Festival

Only Enviro-Arts Festival in South Africa

The Hermanus Whale Festival, the only Enviro-Arts festival in South Africa, is held annually to celebrate the return of the Southern Right whales to the waters of Walkerbay, Hermanus.
The gentle giants are the main attraction, but there are loads to do, eat and drink at the Hermanus Whale Festival – from live music to vintage cars!

The festival combines whale watching from shore and sea with live shows, hands-on family fun, street parades, film, music, seafood and local produce.

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  • An interactive Eco - Marine Village Tent as our main focus are on conservation
  • Eco-Marine talks about whales, penguins, white sharks (shark week)
  • Treasure hunt in the Eco - Marine Tent for the kiddies on Saturday and Sunday (12-2)
  • Good Hope FM broadcasting live for 3 days at the Whale Festival
  • Great food at the festival as well as restaurants in Hermanus
  • Quality crafters on Market Square
  • Kiddies Entertainment on Market Square
  • The popular Street Parade on Saturday Morning
  • Coke Live Music Marquee on Gearing's Point
Marine Talks

Marine Talks

Friday, 27 September 2019

2 PM - Funky Facts about African Penguins 

  • Meet the flightless torpedoes in tuxedoes
  • African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

3 PM - How do you spot a shark in the Ocean?

  • Did you see the fin of a dolphin or was it a shark?
  • Shark Spotters

Saturday, 28 September 2019

2 PM - Marine Pollution - there are solutions!

  • Fishing Line Bid Project
  • Storm Water Drain Net
  • Dyer Island Conservation Trust

3 PM - Who is Wendy the Whale?

  • The legend of a whale who returned every year
  • Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit

4 PM - Whale Sharks - The Misunderstood Apex Predator

  • How are sharks important & when do they even matter?
  • Marine Dynamics

Sunday, 29 September 2019

10 AM - Meet our own Marine Big 5

  • The term Marine Big Five - whales, sharks, dolphins, penguins and seals - originated in Gansbaai.
  • Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit

11 AM - Join Pinkey in the Penguin Dance

  • Funny dance animating penguin behaviour
  • African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary



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