Spend a memorable day driving along the picture-perfect coastal route towards Hermanus, looking out for the majestic creatures of the deep, the Southern Right Whale, along the way, and taste wine from the highly acclaimed Hemel en Aarde region. Pickup 8:30am to 5:30pm.
The Highlights :
- Drive down the famous coastal Whale Route through Gordon's Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay (the best land-based whale watching in the world) - Stop off to see if you can spot these creatures in their habitat (seasonal, most commonly found from June to November) - Stroll through the quaint seaside town of Hermanus - Wine tasting at Southern Right Boutique Wine Estate (excellent pinotage) - Wine tasting at a local estate famous for their cool climate pinot noir and chardonnay - Wine tasting at boutique winery (if time allows)
Start the day with a beautiful'drive along the picturesque Cape coastline, passing through Gordon's Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay en route to Hermanus. This famous drive is aptly named the 'Whale Route' because it is known to have the best land-based whale watching in the world. The majestic'Southern Right whale can be spotted year round but they are seen in abundance between June and November when they come to breed and calve. We can't guarantee you'll see a whale in the ocean but we can guarantee you'll see one on the label at Southern Right boutique winery, where you'll taste their'well known'Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc.
You'll head into the historical town of Hermanus, which'was once one of the most prominent'whaling stations in South Africa.'As one of the top destinations for whale-watching, Hermanus is perfectly positioned to offer the best viewing directly from the shore. You will be able to watch as these giants of the deep frolic in the waves, and launch out of the water to breach. It is here that you can enjoy lunch at your own discretion.
Once you've invested in some great food and coffee, it's off to a wine tasting at Hamilton Russell in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as some of the best in South Africa and among the best in the New World.
The next stop will be Southern Right, founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell in 1994. Southern Right's aim is to produce a serious, age-worthy Pinotage, and with each bottle sold, they make a contribution to the conservation of these majestic mammals that are now on the endangered species list.
Your last stop will be to the Whalehaven boutique winery. Named after the protective bay that shelters breeding Southern Right whales in the cool Cape winter months, Whalehaven creates a delightful array of hand-crafted wines that tantalize the palate and has gained a strong reputation for its French-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Ahoy!