20th Hermanus Whale Festival
Over the weekend, we went to Hermanus for the annual Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival! Celebrating the 20th anniversary this year, the festival was promised to be bigger & better!
Boasting over 10 venues, 30+ FREE Eco-talks, Checker’s Living Table with celebrities, and Saturday night performances by PRIME CIRCLE/D-Seven, there were so much entertainment beyond watching the Whales!
Given that it’s my first time at Hermanus during Whale season, needless to say, I was SUPER EXCITED to finally admire these beautiful mammals up close. During the festival, I learned that Hermanus is known to be the world’s BEST land-based, whale watching location!
And yes, I saw ONE whale breaching!! It was the most magnificent moment, not captured on film but surely fulfilled my dream!! We stood on the shoreline at the Old Harbour, freezing our hands off trying to keep the camera still, hoping that we will see another breach…! The whales simply teased us for the next 30min, dancing in the waters & showing off fins & tails… but no body =(
Alas, the crew on Free Willy must have felt the tingles in their belly as they saw Willy breach for the first time!
The whales will be at Hermanus, resting, mating, and nurturing the new calves! So get yourself a weekend trip plan, and head out to Hermanus before November!
A magical weekend in Biedouw Valley (near Clanwilliam, Northern Cape) to see the beautiful Spring Blossoms “gouwsblomme” that come out after the winter rains! Flowers, new friends, Potjiekos…. no better way to spend the weekend! :D
Check out the Clanwilliam Flower Routes:
The flowers are in full bloom! When are you planning a trip up the Flower Route?
My buddy Patrick finally moved to town! He found a great flat in Tamboerskloof, so we decided to explore the neighbourhood over the weekend! Despite living only a few blocks away in Gardens, I had never really walked around Tamboerskloof for some strange reason! It’s a charming neighbourhood, consistently hilly and a great workout if you walk up & down the hill daily. Reminded me of San Francisco sans trolleys! The view is spectacular - as we ventured further up hill, we found various spots with fantastic view of Table Mountain & Devil’s Peak, Lion’s head to the right, and the City Bowl & Foreshore to the left.
Then we stumbled upon the park up top!
Not sure if the park actually has a name, or marked routes for walking/jogging trail. Given that it was Sunday evening, there were few souls around! We bumped into a cyclist walking his two dogs, and another elder man walking his chihuahua in the 2hrs we were there.
Stunning view of Table Mountain from the park! Beside the great workout, there is an advantage to living “above” everyone else in the city ;)
Came across a strange look, abandoned enclosure… we sneaked up to the gate and found out that it was a shooting range! How crazy is that?! With targets in the bottom of the valley, this look like an old mining site as the side of the mountain were carved out, we think the stones were used to build foreshore!
We continue on our leisurely stroll, and found another great view of Bo Kaap with foreshore in the background! Bo Kaap has to be one of my favorite neighbourhood in Cape Town. Bo Kaap is traditionally Muslim and boasts the first mosque in Cape Town! You can hear the call to prayer from the minarets in the early mornings!
The dirt trails took us all around the foot of Signal Hill, winding through “forests” and other abandoned buildings where old, tattered orange bricks remained…. I am so glad to have uncovered this gem on the top of my neighbourhood!
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