Rosanne Turner (2013-09-19) wrote about the honour of seeing the Southern Right Whales each year. These majestic creatures journey 2 500km from the Antarctic to calve off the Southern Cape shores. They arrive early June and leave towards the end of November. To catch them at their most active, you need to visit in September and October. September is also when this little town is abuzz for the Hermanus Whale Festival – taking place from 20 to 24 September this year. These intelligent creatures seem to perform for the crowd. For this reason, the town has officially been named as ‘the best land-based whale watching location in the world‘. The official Whale Crier blows his kelp horn, using a Morse code system to indicate where the whales have been spotted. As many as 150 whales have been spotted in the bay during peak whale season.