Hermanus was stuffed to the gills during the Whale Festival weekend that was described by most as hugely successful. The festival this year celebrated its 25th year.
According to Fabio Lenci, vicechair of the organising committee, the sunny weather conditions added to the triumph. “Judging by the number of cars coming in to town and the throngs of people who enjoyed walking around it, it can be described as one of the most successful festivals yet.”
Fabio said the music tent was packed to the rafters on Saturday afternoon and all the other events, such as the Chris Chameleon concert at the golf club, the half-marathon, and the classic car show drew big support. Karl Janson, who has his frozen lolly trailer here every year during the festival and had the prime viewing spot of the classic cars, said this year attracted far and away the most vintage vehicular participants. The sporting events at
The sporting events at Benguela Cove were also very well attended. There were no serious incidents reported and both provincial and local traffic officials ensured a smooth flow of traffic through the area. According to Whale Coast Tourism manager Frieda Lloyd, accommodation in Hermanus was fully booked. “Not only was it the Whale Festival weekend, but it is also school holidays and thousands of tourists flock to our shores this time every year to watch the whales. “Apart from accommodation
“Apart from accommodation establishments, wine farms and restaurants also did brisk business. The only problems were not enough ablution facilities and too few litter bins,” said Frieda.
In her opening speech, Councillor Nicolette Botha- Guthrie said the festival has become a highlight on the calendar for visitors both local and from further afield.
“The Overstrand Municipality welcomes partnership efforts of this nature as it ultimately assists us with the development and improved existence of the community and environment. The Hermanus Whale Festival provides an ideal opportunity for the spotlight to fall favourably on what the Overstrand has to offer,” she concluded. SEA