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Sandown Bay Fishing Company / TA Hermanus Whale Cruises

Located in Western Cape


Tel: 0823698931/0825622355

We have a boat that was specilly built to get the best of boat-based whale watching

We are an 100% black owned company, doing boat based whale watching in Hermanus. We are the first company that was issued an operating permit in 1998. Our skipper and guides have 24 years experience in approaching whales and guiding . We operate from 1 June till mid December. Departure times are 9h00, 12h00, 14h00 and 16h00. We also do eco-marine trip  from 15 December till 31 May every year where you can see Bryde,s whales, common and bottelnose dolphins , cape fur seals, cape gannets, african penguins , black cormorants and other marine birds.

Our giveaway to helping to promote South Africa as a tourist destination

You can win:
Two gift vouchers for 2 people to do the whale watching from our boat, the “Whale Cruiser”

Additionally you are automatically entered into the competition to win the great South Africa adventure holiday worth more than R150 000.

Value of Sandown Bay Fishing Company / TA Hermanus Whale Cruises prize
Closing date of competition:

18:00 on 30.10.2022

The price is valid for one season and prior reservations is essential

We have been able to offer this giveaway through a collaboration with our wide network of travel and tourism partners. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored this incredible adventure holiday giveaway for 2 persons valued at over R150 000!! But there is even more. There is also a bonus prize of a 4k Olfi action camera up for grabs.

Our mission is to create  tourism awareness in South Africa and heightened attention for the upcoming tourism month of September. Its all about getting more locals and returning South Africans,  travelling this wonderful country of ours. If we can encourage international tourists too even better.

The great South Africa adventure holiday worth R150000 unpacked

Giants Castle Slack Packing Trail

Slackpacking – Explore the Drakensberg foothills without the burden of a backpack walking from lodge to lodge, having your luggage transported for you and looking forward to excellent 3 course meals.

Experience the St Lucia estuary from St Lucia Eco Lodge for 2 nights including breakfast and dinner as well as a game drive and boat safari. This lodge is an ideal point from which to explore South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Karkloof Canopy Tour

The Karkloof Canopy Tour consists of 12 platforms and 10 zip-line slides, the longest of which is 200m! Feel like Tarzan as you zip safely from platform to platform with a yodel to wake the squirrels.

Stay another night at Antbear Lodge after you have completed the slack packing trail in a Mountain View site including dinner and breakfast. Take in a cultural storytelling experience in  our star gazing hammock camp

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning is a gentle experience that is suitable for all. Imagine drifting at a leisurely pace across the magnificent Drakensberg 

Via Faretta Drakensberg

For those that enjoy walking or hiking through our beautiful countryside we invite you to enjoy a mountain climbing route that has aids such as ladders, steps and cable.

Ardmore Guest Farm

Stay 3 nights at Ardmore Guest Farm  including dinner and breakfast. You will want the extra time here to experience Scootours downhill scooters and the Via Feratta rock climbing trail. Dont forget one of the mornings will be and early start to float away in a hot air balloon Value 

Sootours downhill scooters

Feel the thrill as you negotiate a downhill mountain experience in the Central Drakensberg. Scooters are non-motorized making this Eco-friendly. 

Tree Tree Hill Lodge

Stay 2 nights at Three Tree Hill Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. The old-world charm of this upmarket lodge with its large verandahs creates an ideal environment in which to wind down and enjoy nature. Included is a game walk and if you can also consider to take part in a guided battlefield tour.

Granny Mouse

2 Nights relaxing in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa. Explore the Midlands Meander and relax with  the very best in opulent accommodation coupled with old-world charm and service, embedded into the ethos and foundations of this historic hotel.

safari at Bonamznzi

Enter the rough terrain of Bonamanzi in Northern KZN. Its home to the big 4 and with its wide expanses of bush, makes game viewing the best in the country. 2 Nights in a treehouse with dinner, bed and breakfast including a game drive


2 nights  at the five star  Fugitives Drift Lodge. Take part in Fugitives’ Drift’s awe-inspiring battlefield tours, which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana to life, leaving one with a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields.


Stay 2 nights at Leopard Mountain Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. Witness endless sunsets melting their final rays into the horizon, the smell of fresh rainfall over Africa’s plains and a feeling of peace and tranquillity as your African dream unfolds into a truly memorable reality.


2 Nights relaxing in at Makakatana  Game Lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of our spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park. iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to vibrant wildlife in the game reserve, within Lake St. Lucia’s estuary and the glorious coastal beaches on the eastern shores of the park.


Imagine a place where time stands still, where the gentle breeze rustles through the Red Ivory trees, the sun drops slowly beyond the horizon, turning the sky pink and cueing the lion’s call. Now stop imagining and experience all of this for2 nights including dinner and breakfast from the sanctuary of your very own private balcony at Sungulwane Private Game Lodge.

Mlendeni Sitole will tell you his African village stories of the night skies. He has built a star gazing hammock camp for you to relax and observe the heavens and listen to the night sounds. He makes you feel like you have never seen the night sky before when you go stargazing with him in the Drakensberg.

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Number of competition entries so far: 19

Erika Van Der Westhuizen – 06.09.2022
Two birds with one stone as I haven’t been to Hermanus yet and secondly whale watching is on my bucket list. Life is so short and this sounds like an experience to remember. Only have seen whales from afar.

Michelle Tompkins – 26.07.2022
My son is fasinated by whales and would love to take him on this trip.

Sifiso Mnisi – 25.07.2022
Never seen a whale in my entire life, this would be a great experience

Daniel Hanratty – 25.07.2022
Am very interested in getting on the water

Penny Sturgis – 25.07.2022
We love whale watching, so special to see those gentle giants

Sylvia Pomeranetz – 25.07.2022
It has been a dream of mine to see these giants in their natural environment. What a incredible opportunity and experience.

Jasmina Dollie – 25.07.2022
Whales Whales – need I say more:) I live in Cape Town yet every year I seem to miss seeing these wonderful creatures

David Gearing – 25.07.2022
Having “Gearing Point” named after my great uncle, and having never seen whales up close, this is one trip that is on my bucket list

Sonia Ernstzen – 25.07.2022
I’ve always dream to do this adventure I’m totally in love with the ocean and it’s creatures And tto get a change to experiance this would be amazing

Andrew Scheepers – 25.07.2022
Ahhh Whales, The Gentle Giants of the Ocean. Tranquility at its best. Peace….

Lester Niss – 24.07.2022
Because I’ve always visited the Cape in summer, I’ve never seen the whales.

Rene Stoltz – 24.07.2022
A whale encounter is an experience of a life time

Tania Saunders – 24.07.2022
I would love to have the opportunity to see the whales

Michelle Pretorius – 24.07.2022
My parents in law live in Hermanus – I also love whales, and would love to see them up close!

Percy Chalmers – 24.07.2022
Cos I’m a nature fanatic and interested in nature conservation

Andre Hackart – 24.07.2022
One of my dreams is to see a whale breach from close by

Michelle Wales – 24.07.2022
always had a great respect and love for these giants of the ocean. Would be an absolute treat to watch them close up off the Hermanus coast, an all time favourite place of mine

Charl Vlok – 24.07.2022
Always wanted to see these amazing creatures. They are my favourite. It would be the ultimate prize to win