Introduction: This is an environmental and arts festival held in South Africa. It is an annual event to celebrate spring and also the return of the Southern right whales. They return to the waters of Walker Bay to breed – a spectacular visual event to be witnessed. It is also an outdoor event.
The town of Hermanus is known as the best destination in the world for whale watching, from land. Thousands flock to this seaside resort and revel in its natural environment and take great pleasure watching Whales return to their breeding ground. Other things people can derive pleasure from are music, cabaret and African rhythms every evening through the duration of the festival.
The Whales of course, are the star attractions of the Festival – on land, musicians, celebrities and many regular people come together in this lovely place to celebrate the environment and these magnificent animals.
The Whale Watching Festival is celebrating its 20th year. The focus of this festival has always been the creatures of the deep and how to protect the natural treasures that mankind has inherited.
The 2010 Festival spread out over 10 venues around the town of Hermanus and intends to expand further in the coming years. Events like cooking demonstrations and wine tasting will be included. Expect to find crafts booths, food and entertainment every day.
Additions like “Save the Rhino” will also be included. A Conservation Expo by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust is a focal point – to draw attention to the state of the oceans.
The aim of this festival is to keep Whale Watching front and center and the rest is icing on the cake. Check the official website for more information and confirmation of dates for this year’s festival.