The whale season in Mossel Bay on South Africa's Garden Route has finally started. Fairly large pods of southern right whales can currently be spoted every day including lots of mother and calf pairs as well as mating groups. So far, the season's largest recorded pod had a size of 12 whales.
Mossel Bay's natural geography is making land-based whale and dolphin watching particularly easy, so that one can spot them from almost any elevated position as well as from places like the Cape St. Blaise Trail and the high ground along the coast between Hartenbos and Glentana. At least 37 different dolphin and whale species can be identified in Mossel Bay and the surrounding Southern Cape region.
The whale watching season generally runs from July until November.