Whale Watching

Every year between July and November, thousands of humpback and southern right whales swap Antarctica for the Western Cape’s warm-water bays and inlets in the name of mating and calving.  It’s essentially the cetacean version of Spring Break. 

 

These gentle giants will often come within 50 metres of the shore and are given to displays of breaching, spyhopping (when they rise out of the water and hold a vertical position) and other courtship rituals.

 

Around Cape Town and Hermanus, the whale-watching cruise hub is Gansbaai, with humpback and Bryde’s whale sightings likely to be accompanied by those of dolphins, African penguins, giant petrels, seals and great white sharks on the prowl.

 

Alternatively, boat trips are available along the Garden Route in Knysna, with migrating humpback and Southern right whales the target.  The guided tours are typically 1 ½ to 2 hours long and depart four times daily.

 

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