The Top Three Sites for Whale Watching close to Cape Town
Don’t fret if there’s just no time to take a trip to Hermanus this whale season, the Whale coast doesn’t end there. The Western Cape coastline offers plenty of other places to catch a glimpse of these ocean giants during your luxury Cape Town vacation.
Every year during the spring, southern right whales head for tier breeding grounds in the waters off the Cape and these are some of the places you can watch them at play.
De Kelders and Gansbaai
Gansbaai is rightly famous for its great white shark population, but whales are no strangers to these waters. Catch sight of these huge mammals on guided boat trips during a visit to these quaint fishing villages found about 2 hours’ drive from the city.
Glorious views over Walker Bay and Pearly Beach also offer opportunities for a sighting from Gansbaai, while De Kelders presents the added attraction of an interesting limestone cave to explore.
The False Bay Coast
Those in the know refer to False Bay as Whale Central – and for good reason. Once the site of a thriving whaling industry, whales are common in the area now that they are protected.
Take a peek at all the ocean action from lookout points along Boyes Drive, Chapman’s Peak, on the coastal road from Fish Hoek to Simons Town and at Jager’s walk in Fish Hoek. Around Cape Point, Rooikrans, Baden Powell drive and Clarence Drive also provide spectacular sightings.
Other great spots for a look at the whales include Noordhoek, St James, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and Gordon’s Bay. Many of these sites offer exciting opportunities to kayak amongst the whales and boat trips to see them. Bring your binoculars for close up views from the shore.
The tiny fishing town of Yzerfontein boasts vantage points overlooking gorgeously unspoiled beaches where you can watch the whales at play from your car.
When you tire of the whale action, take a trip to 16 Mile beach, South Africa’s longest to see the wildflowers in season, or visit the West Coast National Park for a picnic. Local restaurants offer a delectable array of fresh seafood and crayfish.
Skip the crowds in Hermanus this whale season by finding your own perfect spot close to Cape Town to enjoy this natural phenomenon.