Par­adise Road

Pretoria News Weekend - - WELLNESS -

Be­ing whale sea­son, we went in to town to have lunch at Bien­tang’s Cave; shame­fully I had never been there be­fore. You can­not get closer to the crash­ing waves with­out be­ing in them. Carved into the cliff face, this is a must-visit, and the cala­mari is ex­cel­lent.

Her­manus is fa­mous for be­ing one of the best land-based whale watch­ing lo­ca­tions in the world, and you can see the South­ern rights frol­ick­ing there with their calves from now un­til late Novem­ber or De­cem­ber. Num­bers peak in Septem­ber, and the an­nual Whale Fes­ti­val takes place on Septem­ber 28 to 30. Sadly, I have the worst luck – last week­end more than 1 300 whales were spot­ted, prob­a­bly be­cause I wasn’t there.

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