The annual Hermanus Whale Festival took place the weekend of the 27th to the 29th of September 2019. Every year, thousands of people from around the world gather to celebrate the return of the southern right whales from the icy waters of South Pole. This year it was a massive celebration, with between 95000 – 100 000 people attending over the period of three days.
Harold Porter National Botanical Garden (Harold Porter NBG) exhibited in the Eco Marine Marquee Tent which was the central point of all activities. The Harold Porter NBG participated in promoting the Spekboom plant, Portulacaria afra, and handing out one thousand cuttings to visitors to their stand.
This year the Spekboom was promoted because of its many extraordinary characteristics; it is fire resilient, it is water wise, it is easy to propagate and the most important quality of this plant is its ability to absorb more carbon dioxide of the air than any other plant.
The stars of the show did not disappoint either as the Southern right whale, Eubalaena australis and the Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, displayed their stunts and manoeuvres to thousands of spectators. The marquee tent also hosted a treasure hunt where 500 kids took part.