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Whale Watching

The Whale Route extends from the south of Cape Town and extends to Durban; 1,200 plus miles of whale watching coastline. The route traverses several famous protected areas, including the Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Transkei.

The Cape Whale Route stretches for 900 km from Doringsbaai on the West Coast to Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The Route is most famous for encounters with southern right whales, humpback whales, and several coastal dolphin species. You can also see African penguins, Cape fur seals, black oystercatcher birds and a variety of other marine life.

The most famous whale watching destination in South Africa is in the Overberg. This pristine stretch of the Cape coastline extends from the coastal hamlet of Pringle Bay in the west to Quoin Point in the East, and is flanked by mesmerising mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

Hermanus, in the heart of the Whale Route, is just 127km from Cape Town. It has developed from a rustic whaling and fishing village into one of the world’s best whale-viewing sites. Each year Southern Right whales migrate into the calm waters of Walker Bay to calve and nurse their young. The whales, often mere metres from the shore, provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November. Humpbacks migrate through the region between May and December each year, while Bryde whales are found slightly further offshore all year round.

The main towns of the area are Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai; but the Cape Whale Coast is in fact made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys – each filled with its own special magic.


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