Cape Town - Whale season has officially kicked off in the Western Cape, with more and more whale sightings being shared by eager travellers.
While the Whale Festival in Hermanus is obviously the first and most popular stop this whale watching season, there is so much more to get up to.
Western Cape reserves protector CapeNature has a few whale watching tips and tricks to make sure you get the most out of your trip along the coast to watch these magnificent citizens of the sea.
Whale watching season is prime time to visit the Overberg, and if you put a little effort in, not only can you witness some of the best land-based whale watching in the country, but you can also experience the variety of wonders that the Western Cape has to offer!
For those coming from Cape Town, the first, and obvious, choice for whale watching is Hermanus.
Renowned worldwide as the home of land-based whale watching the seaside town offers many prime spots to witness the famed southern rights frolicking in the bay. But if you’re not keen on braving the crowds at the annual Hermanus Whale Festival, there are other options.
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Of course, you’ll want to stop off at the Stony Point African penguin colony before you even reach the heart of the Cape Whale Coast, to witness the most vibrant African penguin colony on the planet.
With entry set at just R10, it’s a must-do activity, with the opportunity to witness a large number of African penguins going about their daily business next to, around and even below the colony’s boardwalk.
The Walker Bay coastal reserve offers some of the best land-based whale watching around, with oftentimes hundreds of southern right whales flocking to the sheltered bay to calve their young. And while you’re there you can visit the historic Klipgat Cave and immerse yourself in the natural heritage of the area.
A little further up the coast lie the spectacular De Mond and De Hoop Nature Reserves. While De Mond is favoured by anglers, the coastal hike from the reserve office to Arniston presents many opportunities for whale watching in spring.
De Hoop, meanwhile, is famous for the Whale Trail, where you spend three of the five days of the hike walking along the coast, often seeing countless southern right whales in spring!
Visitors can also take advantage of De Hoop nature reserve’s fantastic whale watching potential by visiting our private partners at De Hoop Collection, who provide accommodation, tours and fine dining to the public.
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