01 July 2009

Whale Watching in South Africa

One of the best places in South Africa for whale watching is Cape Town's warm False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. The most frequently seen whale is the Southern Right Whale, which are using the area as calving and nursery grounds and may be seen just metres from the shore. Peak season for whale watching are the months from end-July/August to mid-October. Other whales that can be seen in the False Bay (although less frequently than Southern Right Whales) include Humpback Whales, Killer Whales and Bryde's Whales. Dolphin species in the region include Bottlenose Dolphins on the east side and Dusky Dolphins on the west side.

Hermanus Whale Watching Tour
Close to the southernmost tip of Africa, Hermanus enjoys a richly deserved reputation for its fantastic shore-based whale watching, between July and November. From the excellent vantage points on the rocky cliff path that hugs the coastline from one end of Hermanus to the other, whale watchers can get within 20 meters of these magical creatures as they cruise along the coves. The area is a haven for the Southern Right Whale, but other species including Humpbacks, Killer whales plus Bottlenose and Common dolphins are occasionally sighted. The world’s only ‘Whale Crier’ alerts visitors to the location of the whales by blasting his kelp horn. Enjoy wondrous views of the Cape Peninsula as you return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s pass. [more info & booking]

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