Hermanus Whale Festivals – South Africa

Hermanus, a small seaside town found in the Western Cape province of South Africa is a place to be for the lovers of sea animals.

The small town is famous for its annual Whale festival which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

History of the festival dates back to the late 80s when townspeople realized whales and other giant sea animals came extremely close to the shore during the second half of every year.

Whale watching town of Hermanus, South Africa
Whale watching town of Hermanus, South Africa

Research into this phenomenon revealed that the whales migrated from the icy Antarctica area when the sea becomes extremely cold around June, staying so for the rest of the year. This then forces the whales to migrate to the much more warmer coastal waters in South Africa with the the Hermanus township being their preferred destination due to the warm climate.

This annual occurrence led to the establishment of the Hermanus Whale Festival which takes place in the month of September every year with the 201 edition scheduled to take place between September 27 and 29.

The major attraction of the festival is the opportunity to get close to the sea and see these giant creatures swim playfully and carefree just at the edge of the coastal waters knowing very much no harm will come to them as they are strictly protected by the townspeople.

The two-day festival also serves as an opportunity for organisers to educate people on the need to protect the sea and other water bodies as well as aquatic life as they play an important role in the ecosystem.

Hermanus Whale Festival is a total package that everyone living close to Hermanus cannot afford to miss out. Extra activities like the food bazaar, the beach volleys, the beach concerts, dancing and drumming and street jams are but a few of the entertaining and fun-packed activities to expect.

The Afrikaans Language Monument – South Africa

Once upon a time, centuries ago, the Afrikaans language spoken by ethnic groups in South Africa that had their roots from Netherlands was declared the official language of the southern African country, in an attempt to separate the language from the widely spoken Dutch at the time.

To commemorate this event, a special monument, Afrikaans Language Monument, was built in 1975 to mark the transition from Dutch to Afrikaans as South Africa’s official language. The monument located on the Pearl Hills in the Western Cape Province was designed by Dutch architect, Jan Van Wijk and is regarded as one of South Africa’s finest architectural constructions of the 20th century.

The Afrikaans Language Monument PHOTO: craiglotter
The Afrikaans Language Monument PHOTO: craiglotter

The monument is opened to the general public for visitation and touring as the facility is categorized as a national heritage site and tourist attraction. On a normal day at the monument, visitors are taken through various sections of the structure to learn about the evolvement of the Afrikaans language and how other languages had influenced it over the cause of the centuries.

The most popular section at the monument include the Magical Africa; where tourists are taken through a short lesson on how African languages influenced Afrikaans, the Clear West; another section which discusses the European root and heritage of the language and the main section Afrikaans; where the language itself is discussed and talked about.

Various Afrikaans literature works such as poems and songs written by popular Afrikaans writers are also displayed at the monument to show the rich heritage of the language in terms of literature.

The centre is also a popular event hosting grounds in Western Cape Province, hosting concerts and other major events throughout the year.

Babylonstoren Farm Hotel, 5-star hotel in Western Cape

South Africa is one of the world’s most visited countries and receives millions of travelers each year, some visiting for tourism purpose while some simply make their way to the country to have fun in the form of tourism and site seeing.

Whatever reason it is for someone visiting South Africa, one of the most important factors and things that must be considered and put into the trip planning is where to sleep while in the rainbow nation.

Very often tourists and travelers spend time searching for the right place to lay their heads in the city hosting them.

For tourists visiting the city of Cape Winelands in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, one of the best places to take abode is the Babylonstoren, a historical location filled with natural environment yet with a touch of modern class and luxury.

Historically, Babylonstoren was an old Dutch farm, the oldest for that matter, established by an Afrikaans farming family in the 18th century. The farm even though is still very much intact, a greater part of the facility has been turned into a modern world class 5-star hotel.

Today the part of the farm that grew crops has been converted into beautiful natural gardens that produce fruits and vegetables for the hotel built on the property. The grand 3.5 hectare farm has become some sort of tourist attraction due to its colourful and beautiful appearance which usually attracts hotel guests to get closer and take a walk through it.

Aside the 3.5 hectare garden, there are other major attractions at the farm-dubbed hotel all of which are centred around a green vegetative policy. This includes the Juicery, the Greenhouse Restaurant, the Healing Garden and Tea Ceremony and the Spice Garden.

Interior-wise, facilities of the hotel are up there with the best in the world, boasting of breathtaking luxuries that only few can dream.

While the farm-hotel may look too expensive due to its sheer grandness, luxury and exquisite internal attractions, it surprisingly comes at a much cheaper rate compared to other five star hotels, making it a great choice for visiting tourists who would like to spend the next few days in a place of luxury.