Here are four spots to do some whale-watching in the Western Cape. Image: canva

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Four whale-watching spots to visit in the Western Cape

With whale-watching season now in full swing, here’s where you can watch these great creatures in the Western Cape…

04-07-24 13:37
Here are four spots to do some whale-watching in the Western Cape. Image: canva

The Western Cape’s coastline offers some of the most spectacular whale-watching opportunities in the world. Here are four of the best Western Cape spots to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.

1. Hermanus

Hermanus is renowned as one of the premier whale-watching destinations globally. Situated along the southern coast, charming Hermanus is known for its close shore proximity to whales, particularly southern right whales from June to November.

The town’s Cliff Path, a 12-kilometer-long scenic trail, provides numerous vantage points where whales can be spotted just a few meters away. The Hermanus Whale Festival, held annually, celebrates the whales’ return and attracts thousands of visitors with its lively atmosphere.

Whales draw a big crowd in Hermanus. Image: canva

2. Plettenberg Bay

Located on the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is another top spot for whale-watching. From July to December, both southern right and humpback whales can be seen in these waters. The area is also rich in other marine life, including dolphins and seals.

The Robberg Peninsula offers excellent hiking trails that provide breathtaking views and frequent whale sightings. The combination of diverse marine wildlife and scenic beauty makes Plettenberg Bay a favourite among nature enthusiasts.

3. False Bay

False Bay, near Cape Town, is famous for its diverse marine life. The bay is home to southern right and humpback whales, as well as Bryde’s whales, which can be seen year-round. Scenic drives along Boyes Drive and the coastal path from Fish Hoek to Muizenberg offer great land-based whale-watching opportunities.

There are also boat tours departing from Simon’s Town, which provide closer encounters with these gentle giants, enhancing the overall experience.

A humpback in False Bay. Image: canva

4. Walker Bay

Walker Bay, next to Hermanus, is another exceptional spot for whale watching. The De Kelders cliffs offer some of the best land-based views, particularly between June and December.

This bay is home to the Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary, a Marine Protected Area, where whales come to mate and calve in a protected environment. The dramatic cliffs, clear waters, and frequent whale activity make Walker Bay an ideal location for observing these magnificent creatures.