SA Road Trips Mapped: Cape Whale Route along the Southern Coast

2018-09-06 21:00
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If the wide open road is calling and you want to combine it with some spectacular whale watching as only South Africa's Southern Coast can dish it up,September through to November is the ideal time.

September is the height of whale watching season in the coastal Overberg region, so head out along the super scenic Clarence Drive between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els, pulling over ever so often to seek out the gentle giants of the deep as they blow, spy hop and breach.

From here wind your way further along the coast and maybe hop on board a whale watching boat in Gansbaai or a kayak in Hermanus.

Whale sightings are of course the main attraction and in celebration of this, the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival set to take place from 29 to 30 September this year.  

READ MORE: Here are the best places to do some whale watching this Spring 

Spring Fact: The best time for watching the southern right whale in South African waters is from June to November along the South Africa’s coastlines.

Places of Interest:

This route will take you past or through the towns of Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond as you make for the whale watching capital of Hermanus.

Pringle Bay has a delightful array of restaurants and coffee shops. 

Betty’s Bay a burgeoning penguin colony that begs you to stop and say a while. 

Kleinmond is the place to catch some spectacular elevated views over Walker Bay where Southern Rights love to frolic.

Spring Fact: Betty's Bay's Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world

Once in Hermanus, be sure to check out the Whale House Museum where you will be able to learn all about the town’s controversial whale hunting history and also find out more about conservation efforts, migration routes and the intriguing life cycle of these creatures.

If you head on a bit further into Gansbaai, a boat cruise on board Marine Dynamics’ Whale Whisperer vessel comes highly recommended.

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