Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Get close up and personal with a Southern Right whale on a boat-based trip from Hermanus or Gansbaai.

Whale Watching

One of the highlights of the Western Cape

Whale watching is one of the major attractions of the Western Cape.  The peak time, when daily sightings are virtually guaranteed, is during September and October.  Humpbacks and Bryde's whales are mostly spotted offshore from boats, but by far the most commonly sighted species, either from land or from a boat, is the Southern Right whale.  These majestic giants migrate to the South African waters from the Antarctic Ocean to calf from June, and begin the long journey back again at the end of November or beginning of December. 

Coming close up with a Southern Right whale in its natural habitat is an exhilarating experience, and you certainly get a thrill from boat-based whale watching. However, if your sea-legs really aren't that strong, then watching whales from the shoreline or from the cliff tops is still a fantastic experience.

Hermanus and Gansbaai

On the Western Cape, Hermanus and Gansbaai are the main areas for whale watching, either boat-based or land-based, and the good selection of accommodation means a stay of 2 nights here is highly recommended during the whale season.

The Southern Right Whale

There are only about 4,000 - 6,000 Southern Right whales left in the world today, and each whale has a unique pattern of characteristic pale callosities (outgrowths of tough skin) on their heads - making it possible to actually identify one from the other.

 

Whale Watching at Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay offers all year round whale watching.  Visitors here can often seen whales just a few metres from the shore, or the cliff based whale watching from points along Robberg and Keurboom beaches and Robberg Nature Reserve offer even better viewing opportunities.

Plettenberg can boast all year round sightings of the resident Bryde’s whales.  The Southern Right whales are in the bay from between June and November, and when they leave, migratory humpback whales arrive with their calves early November and stay until the end of February, returning again during May and June.

Whales, Wine and Wildlife

Featured Accommodation

The PortsWood
The PortsWood
Cape Town
La Fontaine
La Fontaine
The Cape Winelands
138 Marine
138 Marine
Hermanus
The Rex Hotel
The Rex Hotel
The Garden Route
Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

A winning holiday which, if you travel during July through to October/early November, will give you the opportunity to spot whales from the shore or from a boat-based trip out into the ocean. Add onto this wine-tasting and Big 5 wildlife game drives - and you will wonder why you haven't done this years ago!

This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Kariega Game Reserve.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 3 Nights at The PortsWood
  • 2 Nights at La Fontaine
  • 2 Nights at 138 Marine
  • 3 Nights at The Rex Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Kariega Main Lodge
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South Africa Splendour

Featured Accommodation

Franschhoek Country House & Villas
Franschhoek CH
The Cape Winelands
Ocean Eleven Guesthouse
Ocean Eleven Guesthouse
Hermanus
Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
Cape Cadogan
Cape Town
Cape Town to Pretoria via the Blue Train
The Blue Train Journey
The Blue Train
Pretoria
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

This deluxe 12-day holiday is a sophisticated slice of South Africa's highlights. It's a really varied journey, giving you everything from city culture to picturesque vineyards, coastal villages and a Big Five safari.

This is a 12 night itinerary including The Cape Winelands, Hermanus, Cape Town, The Blue Train, Pretoria and Madikwe Game Reserve.

Based on 5 Star Accommodation:

  • 2 Nights at Franschhoek Country House & Villas
  • 2 Nights at Ocean Eleven Guesthouse
  • 3 Nights at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
  • 1 Night at Cape Town to Pretoria via the Blue Train
  • 1 Night at Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
  • 3 Nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge
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Shamwari Safari and Garden Route Explorer

Featured Accommodation

The Beach Hotel
The Beach Hotel
Port Elizabeth
Sarili Lodge
Sarili Lodge
Shamwari Game Reserve
Hog Hollow Country Lodge
Hog Hollow
The Garden Route
The Lofts
The Lofts
The Garden Route
La Plume Guest House
La Plume Guest House
The Klein Karoo
138 Marine
138 Marine
Hermanus
Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Southern Sun Waterfront
Cape Town

Destination: South Africa.

Feel the heartbeat of nature as you watch for whales from the shoreline, and explore a Big 5 game reserve in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. Take in all the sights along the Garden Route, and spend a morning with meerkats.  It is a lot to pack in - hence why the trip is 15 nights!

This is a 15 night itinerary including Port Elizabeth, Shamwari Game Reserve, The Garden Route, The Klein Karoo, Hermanus and Cape Town.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 1 Night at The Beach Hotel
  • 3 Nights at Sarili Lodge
  • 1 Night at Hog Hollow Country Lodge
  • 2 Nights at The Lofts
  • 2 Nights at La Plume Guest House
  • 2 Nights at 138 Marine
  • 4 Nights at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
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