Cape Whale-watching

South Africa

Being so close to these huge, majestic animals can’t help but put the world into perspective. The friendly calf gives a quick wave of his fluke before heading off to deeper waters.

From June to November each year you can spot migrating whales, either from sea or on land, as they spend time mating, calving and nurturing their young amid the warm waters off South Africa’s Cape.

We recommend boat-based whale watching tours to the rich marine waters around Dyer Island. From Gansbaai, you cruise through ‘Shark Alley’ towards some of the best whale hot-spots in the bay. Strong numbers of Bryde’s and Humpback whales frequent these waters, as do dolphins. The experienced marine biologists onboard ensure rewarding, close-up sightings and if you’re lucky, you might see a mighty whale and a great white shark on the same boat trip!

There’s ample opportunity for sightings from dry land too if boats don’t take your fancy – Hermanus offer some of the best land-based whale watching in the world.  In Walker Bay, where you’re sure to spot whale fins flapping on the surface, or mothers and their calf’s lingering just off shore. These annual marine visitors are part of Hermanus’ identity. The town even boasts the world’s only ‘whale crier’ and the annual Hermanus Whale Festival celebrates the arrivals of these welcome visitors each year.

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