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Whale Watching in Hermanus, South Africa Oct 2012..

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I had woken early and the weather outside was wet, wetter and getting wetter still. The view from my window was across a stretch of manicured garden, then the tops of the Hermanus cliffs and then a wild looking sea. With going back to sleep out of the question, I shaved and showered and as I dressed, glanced out of the window again.

The rain was still falling BUT there within 100 metres of the cliff were four Southern Right whales – three adults and a baby. Grabbing my coat and the camera as I went, it took me all of two minutes to be standing on the cliff path looking down on them. Never mind the wet and the cold, this is special. The whales did all that you hoped – raising their tales out of the water and seemed to be playing with the huge rollers that were sweeping in.

Thoroughly soaked, but elated, I returned to the hotel to dry off and a hearty breakfast. We should have been going out in a catamaran for a closer encounter with the whales in the Bay but the weather was far too strong. My stomach was pleased about that.

However our guide took us down the coast and we had a similar view to my early morning one. Then to add the excitement, in the middle of the Bay a couple of other whales were breaching – soaring up and falling back with a splash. Even the weather had relented to just a drizzle. With the fynbos all around us and much of it flower what could be a better way to start the day.

Needless to say, the photos were not the magical ones I had hoped for, but enough to make me happy and I will post them up soon. I have promised myself to return and spend longer watching these wonderful animals. Hermanus has long been a whale watching destination and even has a festival to celebrate their return each year.

If you want to be a part of this spectacle, then give me a call on 01323 446550 or send an email a peter@experienceholidays.co.uk



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