Heart of the Cape Whale Coast

Cape Whale Coast Tourism and our information offices in Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai opened on Monday, 01 June 2020. As from 2 February 2021 our beaches are open and our wineries ready to serve. We look forward to welcoming you.

We are fully operational and working from our offices. You are more than welcome to contact us via the following number during this time, should you have any queries or need any assistance:

Mobile: +27 (0)83 305 7319
Email: flloyd@overstrand.gov.za

Please be assured that we are in daily contact with relevant authorities and key role players. This includes the likes of Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism, Overstrand Municipality and SA Tourism, amongst others. As the situation unfolds, we will do our best to keep you updated via our dedicated COVID-19 page on the Cape Whale Coast website here:www.whalecoast.info/coronavirus. 

Please make use of one of the following numbers for official COVID-19 advice, updates and queries:

  • National Hotline – 0800 029 999
  • WhatsApp – 0600 123 456
  • Provincial Hotline – 021 9284102

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this unprecedented event in our community, our country and around the world. Cape Whale Coast Tourism will be taking this opportunity to work behind the scenes to ensure that we are ready to welcome everyone with open arms and big smiles once we have pulled through this difficult time. We will remain active on social media to share with you the many naturally irresistible scenes of our region! 

Make it safe. Make it resilient

We are looking forward to reconnect with our Travel & Tourism stakeholders and visitors. June is the start of the Whale Season and we hope our Marine Big 5 can help to provide inspiration during this first month of winter.

On now
Whale-watching season
July – November

Visit Our Towns


Cape Whale Coast Kleinmond

The Hangklip-Kleinmond coast lies between massive Fynbos covered mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Sublime nature is punctuated by the villages of Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond, and wave-swept beaches.



Hermanus, in the heart of the Whale Route, is just 127km from Cape Town on the Cape south coast. It has developed from a rustic whaling and fishing village into one of the world’s best whale-viewing sites (via land or boat) from June to November.



Stanford is the only one of the Cape Whale Coast towns that is situated inland. This leafy green and picturesque Victorian influenced village which lies on the banks of the Klein River offers something special to visitors…



Gansbaai the Natural Adventure Destination is also referred to as The Great White Shark Capital Of The World due to the abundance of the Great White Sharks in these waters.

Things to Do

Nature offers the best therapy and this is absolutely true of the many hiking trails…

A bucket list adventure for many! This adventure happens in Kleinbaai, just outside Gansbaai which…

Different routes will take to different yet beautiful views which are only part of the…

Whether you are a beginner or an experience rider there will be a horse and…

The Cape Whale Coast has three different wine growing areas – Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai…

The Klein River is one of the most beautiful stretches of flat water river paddling…

Stanford is the only one of the Cape Whale Coast towns that is situated inland….

One of the region’s greatest assets relates to the diversity of bird species found in…

About The Cape Whale Coast

Close to the very tip of Africa, just outside Cape Town, you will find the Cape Whale Coast – a place that can easily be called ‘Heaven on Earth’. This pristine stretch of the South African coastline that runs from the coastal hamlet of Rooiels in the west to Quoin Point in the East is flanked by mesmerising mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

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. Explore the whales, sharks, wine routes, fynbos, birding, golf courses, penguins, mountain biking, hiking trails and adventure activities in our beautiful region, the Cape Whale Coast.