Binoculars? Check. Camera? Check. Now, where should you go to get glimpse of South Africa‘s gentle giants? Spotting whales can be an arduous task if you’re in the wrong place and you’ll need to take time into consideration as well. South Africa is home to a variety of whales, most commonly the southern right whale, the humpback whale, blue whale, sperm whale and Bryde’s whale. Read on to find out the best places to spot these radiant creatures this season from The Whale Route and beyond!
Start planning your exploration in spotting whales today at one of these precious locations in South Africa. Every spot has a multitude of different activities attached, making them perfect additions to our tailor-made tours along the whale route.
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Hermanus is arguably the most famous of South Africa’s whale watching destinations. This quaint little town hosts the Hermanus Whale Festival every year in October, marking the passage of the whales into the bay. With quirky little shops and proximity to the Hemel en Aarde Wine Valley, Hermanus is a solid base from which to explore the oceans.
Take the winding drive along Chapman’s Peak to see the glittering wonders of the ocean down below. The heights of the drive against the cliff-face are excellent for spotting whales. False Bay is also nearby the curiosities of Kalk Bay where you can browse through local crafts and Simon’s Town, home to the Boulder’s Beach penguin sanctuary.