From july to december the pods of whales grace the shores of southern africa. Approximately an hour and a half away from cape town is the seaside town of hermanus. The whale route is famous for wonderful whale watching and the tour travels along the coastline through gordons bay, pringle bay and bettys bay, en route to hermanus. When it comes to whale watching tours, cape town has some of the very best sea safaris, big 5 boats and opportunities on offer to see whales up close. We operate in area 6 of walker bay which is celebrated as the.
Garden route big 5 safari overnight shared tour by kabura travel. Dec 25, 2016 in cape town itself, you can see them from the road along the false bay coast, and theyre distinctly visible on the western seaboard if you get high enough on the scenic coastal victoria road. From simons town there are leisurely ways to look at the sharks, seals whales, dolphins as boat trips depart for cape point itself, seal island in false bay, in addition to simons town harbour boat cruises or whale watching boat cruises. Boatbased whale watching, simons town, cape town click on thumbnails to enlarge get up close and personal with the southern right whales on our whale watching boat trip departing from simons town situated 40 minutes from cape town central.
Gansbaai is a beautiful, scenic 35minute drive from hermanus and a twohour drive. Whale watching trips a typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay while looking for whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and seabirds. Area 6 of walker bay has the town of hermanus on its northern shore and the town of gansbaai on its southern shore. Tucked between the mountains and the waters of walker bay, you can enjoy spotting the marine big 5 that call this dramatic stretch of coastline home whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins. Oceans africa is the only specialist scuba diving and whale watching tour operator in south africa with members and associates in all the main coastal regions of south africa we can create the perfect tour package for you. Ivanhoe sea safaris is universally regarded as the leading boatbased whale watching company in south africa we also boast one of the limited whale watching permits allocated country wide. Please consult government travel advisories before. Further south, the town of hermanus in walker bay on the cape south coast offers possibly the best landbased whalewatching in the world. Cape town whale watching south africa whale watching. A daytrip out of cape town to the seaside town of hermanus is definitely worthwhile. Gansbaai is the true gem and the place we find the most eco and ethical local operator who takes you out for a 2hr boat trip to visit the whales.
Only a 2 hour drive from cape town transport options are available, dyer island cruises offers our guests the potential to see more marine wildlife in one trip, than anywhere else in the country. Cape town boat charters whale watching boat trips cape town. Cape town whale watching whale watching in hermanus, cape town. Board dreamcatcher our 5 star, custombuilt whale watching vessel. The wwf and greenpeace regard whale watching in cape town as one of the top 3 places in the world to get up and personal with whales. A popular holiday destination for tourists and locals alike, hermanus is hailed as offering the best land based whale watching in the world. Whale watching tours south africa best whale watching in sa. Travel to hermanus to see right whales off the coast or upgrade your tour with an optional whalewatching cruise. Would highly reccomend percy tours and the whales watching, shark diving and kayaking. From cape town and the lush rolling hills of the cape winelands, to safari game drives in the karoo and whale watching from hermanus, this unforgettable. We leave cape town and drive along the picturesque clarens drive, a wellmaintained road that hugs the rugged coastline as it cuts through the steep kogelberg and hottentots. Take this opportunity to go whale watching from one of the best landbased viewing spots in the world, hermanus. When you book a trip with us, the evening before your tour we will contact you or your accommodation to confirm the time of your tour. These gentle giants of the deep grow to a massive 18 metres long and weight up to 80 tons, so they are really mindblowingly huge.
Cape town is blessed with being the only place in the world where one could quite possibly see a great white shark and a whale on the same boat. Where to go dolphin and whale watching in cape town 12. Every year, southern right whales travel to our shores from antartica, treating. These sea animals that are generally the cumulative size of around 10 african elephants can be pretty elusive and september has had very few days that. Toprated cape town whale watching tours 2020 dolphin tours. Join us on a wonderful cape town day trip marine safari that takes us to see the mighty southern wright whale.
The duiker island boat trip remains a popular attraction, allowing visitors to see the massive colony of 75000 cape fur seals, with kalk bay boat trips, hout bay boat trips, and simonstown boat trips. Boat trips are taken on the ivanhoe a m catamaran that is fully equipped with toilet facilities, an upper viewing deck, lower deck, dry cabins and other features that ensure the safety and comfort of passengers at all times. Hermanus whale watching best close encounters, purpose. Travel to hermanus to see right whales off the coast or upgrade your tour with an optional whale watching cruise. Here are some of our ideas for whale watching between august and november.
Where to whale watch in south africa fodors travel guide. Hermanus whale watching best close encounters, purpose built boat. Whale and bird watching what you can expect a typical trip with dyer island cruises. Whale watching tour cape town hermanus gansbaai whale and dolphin watching tour. Boat based whale watching 2hr boat trip take a 2 hour southern right whale boat base trip and view these gentle giants from the comfort of a purpose built whale viewing vessel, the ivanhoe. You wont waste a moment, as your guide will point out attractions. For much of the year, from june to december, thousands of southern right and humpback whales visit the waters around hermanus. Aug 29, 2017 the hermanus whale watching festival is a fun and celebratory way to immerse into the whale watching fever that takes over the town.
Download this tours pdf brochure and start tour planning offline. Now that you understand a bit more about the whales, where are the best places to see them during whale season. We specialise in private guided tours of cape town, cape point, the cape wine route, the garden route and selected overland safari tours. These can be seen from the coastline but there is also an option to book a boat trip to see these gentle giants from up close. Southern right charters depart from hermanus, the heart of the cape whale coast. The western cape is one of the top whale watching destinations of the world rated number two by uks the telegraph, and we are particularly lucky to have some of the best spots not too far off from our capital of cape town where we can witness these glorious creatures amidst their annual migratory patterns. Whale watching trips usually include sightings of seals, dolphins, penguins and other seabirds. A marine reserve encompassing the waters directly in front of the twelve apostles affords the hotels guests with frequent whale and dolphin sightings, from both the leopard bar. No need to worry about booking your own transport as hotel pickup and dropoff is included. If you are visiting cape town between july and november and want an exciting experience, book a boatbased whale watching trip departing from simons town. Whale watching day trip from cape town south africa. Less than two hours drive from cape town on the northwestern side of.
It is illegal to approach within 300 metres of whales in any craft boat, kayak, aircraft and only a few legally permitted boat based whale watching operators in south africa may. We specialize in boat based whale watching in hermanus and we pride ourselves in offering a uniquely personalized service to all our clients. From may onwards southern right whales pay homage to these warm, shallow waters in order to calf their young and to mate. Just a 2 hour drive from cape town to the whale capital of. Hermanus about two hours outside of cape town along the garden route, hermanus is famous for its whale watching. Taste local wines in the hemel en aarde valley, then visit sir lowrys pass and elgin. From july to november the southern right whale comes to breed in the bay near this seaside town, an easy and beautiful drive from cape town. Apart from the southern right whales, we are able to view brydes whales, humpback whales and possibly even great white sharks. Cape town whale watching whale watching in hermanus. The tour offers you the best of both landbased and boatbased whale watching in the western cape. Combine two of south africas top activities, whale watching and winetasting, in a single 9hour tour from cape town. Usually between august and november, the cape whale season is a fantastic time to view large numbers of whales along the coast.
The selfproclaimed whalewatching capital of the world, the small town of hermanus undeniably holds a few trump cards. The duration of the trip depends entirely on how far away the whales are. Whale watching trips in cape town whale viewing trips. The centre of south african whale watching is hermanus at the walker bay, 100 kilometers east of cape town.
The nice thing about doing the whale route road trip is that even if, for some reason, you dont get to see the whales, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy, from bird watching to. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Overberg explore walker bay with 3 reputable operators. Hermanus, a small seaside town two hours from cape town, is the whale watching capital of the world. Whale watching cape town wanderer day tour and adventure. Boat based whale watching 2hr boat trip cape town south. There are three types of whales usually sighted in false bay southern right, humpbacks and brydes. Whale watching tour downhill adventures cape town adventures. Enjoy a private day trip to hermanus which is world famous for its abundant sea life including southern right whales in season. Cape town boat charters can take you in various directions.
The whale route is a coastal stretch of road that goes eastwards from cape town, making its way past a few coastal towns and ending at gansbaai. Let me make your dreams come true on a 100% personalized tour. There is also a whale festival, attracting up to 100. Whale watching tours south africa best whale watching in. Some things to know about whale watching trips in cape town that are offered by ivanhoe safaris include the following. Aug 26, 20 the selfproclaimed whalewatching capital of the world, the small town of hermanus undeniably holds a few trump cards. This whale watching tour is a full day, guided tour from cape town to hermanus. Enjoy a scenic 2hour drive from cape town, explore the natural beauty as we take you to the best whale watching location on the south african coast line. Kayak trips range from 90 minutes to 3 hours although they normally take about 2 hours.
This is the whale watching town of south africa and it is here that you will experience the beauty of the majestic southern right whales. Whale watching in cape town, hermanus, south africa. South africa may be known for its big five, but the marine wildlife is just as impressive. These boatbased adventures are a great choice for nature lovers, photographers, families and anyone else who appreciates the beauty of being out at sea. About an hours drive from cape town is hermanus, which also offers excellent whale watching and a further half an hour east of that is the little town of gansbaai with equally good, arguably better, whale watching. After breakfast, transfer by road to grootbos private nature reserve where you will spend the next three nights. Begin your journey from cape town and go whale watching from the shores of hermanus, the whale capital of south africa, while listening to the whale criers. You will also have the chance to explore the fishing and holiday town of hermanus at your leisur. The whale route south africa amazing road trips from cape town. We expected a driver and transactional car transfer, but we got a charismatic and informative tour guide who entertained us and taught us a lot about cape town and south africa. There are several reputable and responsible boat companies in simons town, such as simons town boat company, that take regular whale viewing trips throughout the season. Just a 2 hour drive from cape town to the whale capital of the world hermanus, launching from gansbaai. Spend 23 hours on a luxury boat with a whale specialist on board and enjoy the possibility of sightings of humpback whales, brydes whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and other sea life.
Hermanus whale watching near cape town, gansbaai in south. The whale route south africa amazing road trips from cape. For this tour, we depart from the cape town city centre. Hermanus is hailed as offering the best land based whale watching in the world. Winetasting and whalewatching tour from cape town 2020. Mostly at cape town, plettenberg bay, gansbaai, simons town and from table mountain national park. Cape town s seas are teeming with life, including some of the biggest creatures on earth. In cape town itself, you can see them from the road along the false bay coast, and theyre distinctly visible on the western seaboard if you get high enough on the scenic coastal victoria road. Hermanus whale watching is renowned for the most prolific whale viewing experience in the world. Spend time whale watching in simons town, step aboard a seal island boat trip, or get your blood pumping with a high speed boat ride. Kayaking cape town tours hermanus tour guide whale. Whale watching trips best whale watching in cape town. Whale route watching day coach tours cape town south africa. From exhilarating boat trips to an annual whale watching festival, heres where to go dolphin and whale watching in cape town, during a stay at the twelve apostles.
For braver souls shark cage viewing andor diving is one of the ultimate adrenalin rushes with the. Add to that, that there are well over 100 whales mothers nursing new born babies are commonly seen in walker bay at any one time and you are in for the thrill of a lifetime. Whale watching in cape town south africa travel news. Whale watching in south africa home brand south africa.
You will also enjoy a wine tasting at bouchard finlayson wine estate. Apart from the southern right whales, we are able to view brydeswhales, humpback whales and possibly even great white sharks. Also, the numbers of other types of whales there have. Heading out to sea will give you a spectacular new perspective on the cape point coastline, and increase your chances of seeing whales. Boat based whale watching tour cape town south africa. Best whale watching in cape town boat based whale watching. There are many cape fur seals, african penguins, dolphins. The 120 km transfer from cape town to hermanus takes you on the magnificent coastal route along clarence drive, past rugged mountains and sweeping bays. This year, the festival takes place over three days from 29 september to 1 october 2017 and as always promises good food, live entertainment and awareness of all things cetacean. Whale watching in cape town for those wanting to see the gentle giants of the ocean, whale watching in cape town can be enjoyed throughout the spring and early summer months. Whale watching is seasonal, our whale watching trips are weather depended, book a trip with us now. We recommend this journey to our discerning clients whether it is whale season or not. Cape of good hope and penguins full day tour from cape town. Combine two of south africas top activities, whalewatching and winetasting, in a single 9hour tour from cape town.
Whale watching private day tour to gansbaai from cape town. Every year, southern right whales take a vacation in cape waters, treating cape town locals to a display of breaching, fluking, spouting, and spyhopping. For the best hermanus whale watching experience, there is no better choice than ivanhoe sea safaris 5yrs consecutive winner of certificate of excellence, and with a proven track record since 1996, the company has established a reputation of offering an unrivaled. Swap the hustle and bustle of cape town for a peaceful day of scenic views and a whale watching boat trip. South africa the best tips for whale watching in south. Whale watching and marine big 5 tours in south africa.1151 1421 1380 1005 526 548 148 1275 1105 639 1390 1420 66 278 1086 1382 763 1214 379 245 1178 423 898 1001 898 72 1445 1412 1327 1176 1297 22 1064 1415 600 941 25 1442