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Hermanus and its whales

In September 2006, I was honoured to be invited as a guest to the annual Whale Festival in Hermanus, a beautiful coastal town just over an hour's drive east of Cape Town.

Hermanus has long been famed for providing the best land-based whalewatching in the world, and it certainly lived up to that reputation well when I was there, providing amazing close viewing of Southern Right Whales. The town even has a 'whale crier' who walks through the main streets signalling on a horn whenever whales have been spotted.

The Hermanus Whale Festival mixes natural history with culture, but the climax is always the 'whale wave' when 4,000 or so young people gather along the clifftop to welcome the whales back to their breeding grounds every southern spring.

The images below are just a taster of what Hermanus can offer, which extends far beyond the whales themselves. We also have a good range of photos of flora, wildlife and landscapes from elsewhere in Overstrand, from Cape Town and Table Mountain, Cape Point and the surrounding area, Stellenbosch and from the Sabi Sands area adjoining the Kruger National Park. Publishers seeking photographs of any of these subjects should contact Michael here to check what he has available.

Note that this website only allows us to display extremely low resolution images; all the photographs displayed are available as high-quality digital images with a minimum size of 2GB.

All images copyright Michael Scott

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For more information on the Hermanus Whale Festival, visit their website here.

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