The Southern Right Whales come to the shores of the Cape Whale Coast from June till November each year to mate and calve in the shallow waters. There are also visiting Brydes and Humpback whales.
The region has gained the reputation of offering the best land-based whale watching in the world because of the excellent viewpoints provided by the cliff path along Walker Bay. Kleinmond, Hermanus, De Kelders, Gansbaai and Pearly Beach also have fantastic land-based lookout points but in whale season you’ll even be able to spot whales while lying on the beach or eating breakfast on your patio. There are many options available when visitors want to get a glimpse of the whales. A walk along the cliff path is one. A flight with African Wings or Overberg Aviation will give you a bird’s eye view of the whales in the Walker Bay.
- African Wings can take 3 passengers and depart from a Stanford airstrip. Shortest is a 30 minute flight for 1 to 3 people at R3850. africanwings.co.za Tel+27 (0) 82 555 7605
- Overberg Aviation departs from the Heidehof Airstrip on the R43 between Gansbaai and Pearly Beach or from Grootbos and can also land at the Old Boys Club in Hermanus. The price is R4500 for 1 – 5 persons for a half hour trip. overbergaviation.com Tel +27 (0) 83 976 0324
There are also boats that start out from Hermanus and Gansbaai to give travellers an adventure on sea. The weather plays a huge role in the experience and if conditions are good then there are boat trips leaving at 09:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:00 daily. Areas designated for boat based whale watching have been carefully selected so as not to interfere with the whales’ habitat. There are three whale watching boats that leave Hermanus New Harbour for daily trips weather permitting. Prices are R800 per person.
Hermanus Whale Cruises www.hermanus-whale-cruises.co.za Tel +27 (0) 28 313 2722
Hermanus Whale Watchers www.hermanuswhalewatchers.co.za Tel +27 (0) 28 312 4957
Dyer Island Cruises leaves from Kleinbaai Harbour www.whalewatchsa.com Tel +27 (0) 82 801 8014
Ivanhoe Sea Safaris depart from Gansbaai Harbour www.whaleviewing.co.za Tel +27 (0) 28 3840556
No two trips are alike. Visitors are encouraged to attempt as many whale watching experiences as possible and observe the whales from land, boat or the sky.
Adventure seekers can also kayak with the whales. Book with www.walkerbayadventures.co.za
Although we did our best to verify prices you should please confirm prices with the service providers.
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