Western Cape Whale Watching

2012-08-17 16:18
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Southern right whales come in the hundreds to breed along the South African coastline from June to November.

If you visit the Western Cape during winter, best you bring a dose of anticipation. Southern right whales come in their hundreds to breed along the South African coastline from June to November. Once endangered by whaling these fascinating animals have recovered and are greeted with joy wherever they are seen. Here are a few recommendation on where to catch a glimpse of some of them.

Hermanus

Widely known as the place with the best land-based whale watching, Hermanus lives up to its reputation every year. During the whale season the coastline of this scenic seaside settlement is littered with marine giants. A coastal walk gives you great views of the whales which are often seen only metres from the shore. The annual Whale Festival celebrates the town’s over-sized guests with a weekend of food, music and fun.

Whale Trail

The five day hike through the coastal and marine reserve is possibly the best way to see whales from dry land. Accommodation in scenic and well-equipped huts along with some of the Cape’s most beautiful fynbos and swimming in natural tidal pools make this hike extremely popular. Book well in advance with Cape Nature to secure a spot on the Whale Trail.

False Bay

The warm waters of False Bay are Cape Town’s hotspot for whale watching. Take a walk along the coast or ride the train from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town on a calm spring day and you are almost guaranteed to see some of the seasonal visitors. For whale watching from your bedroom window check into Moonglow Guest House on the False Bay coast.

Gansbaai


The quaint seaside village became famous for shark cage diving, but in season you will be able to spot more whales than you can shake a stick at. Tour operators offer whale watching on boat cruises and scenic flights. Crayfish Lodge is a great base from which to go whale watching in Walker Bay and who knows; you might see some great whites as well.

Chapman’s Peak

The world’s most beautiful coastal road overlooks Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean giving you a bird’s eye view of its marine creatures. The toll road connects Noordhoek and Hout Bay and has many scenic viewpoints with great photographic opportunities.

Sea Kayak
If you want to get close to the whales without disturbing them a sea kayak is possibly the best way to do it. The sea kayaks are suited for beginners and allow you to meet the whales almost on eye-level. Of course paddling in the ocean for two or more hours is pretty good exercise as well.

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