If you are an adventure seeker looking for something to do during June to November, look no further, come and visit South Africa, hire a car and enjoy the 900km Cape Whale route that stretches form Doringbaai on the West Coast to Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Each year, between June and November, the Southern Right whales migrate from the Antarctic to the Western Cape to calve and raise their young. And with this migration it offers travellers an unsurpassed whale watching experience where one can often see these gentle giants of the ocean mere meters form the shore.
In the waters of South Africa, at least 37 species of whales and dolphins can be found, but the Whale Route is most famous for the sightings of the Southern Right Whale, Humpback whales, Brydes Whales, Killer whales and several coastal dolphin species. On the Route one can also see African penguins, Cape fur seals and a variety of marine life and birds.
Hermanus is considered to be the best whale-watching spot in the world. And besides seeing Southern Rights whales, you will also have a good chance to see humpback whales, Brydes Whales and sometimes even Killer Whales. Hermanus, with its cliffs, offer a very good viewing point, but other places to see whales from the shore are at Plettenberg Bay and Algoa Bay. You can also go on a whale-watching boat cruise that leaves from either False Bay, Gansbaai, Mosselbay, Strandfontein, Lambert’s Bay, Elands Bay, St Helena or Saldanha Bay, and on these cruises you may even have an encounter with schools of up to 500 dolphins playing around the boat.
So come to South Africa and enjoy the wonders of the giants of the ocean all from the comfort of your own vehicle.