Whale Route & the Overberg


Whale watching along the scenic Garden Route coastline


The Overberg includes a stretch of beautiful and varied landscapes, extending from the Hottentots-Holland Mountains in the west to Swellendam in the east. In the north it reaches as far as the Riviersonderend Mountains and in the south it includes an incredible coastline - including the Whale Route. The Whale Route includes various bays along the Garden Route which are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right and Humpback Whales that go there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).

The seaside town of Hermanus has some of the world's best land-based whale watching opportunities and offers many places to stay. One of the most impressive hotels is Birkenhead House. This boutique hotel is a firm favourite of Rhino Africa, with its unique décor, service and food. Another of our favourites is the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, situated just outside of Gansbaai, with over 750 species of fynbos.

Get free, no-obligation advice to plan and book your tailor-made safari and beach holiday in South Africa's Garden Route. Read more about Whale Season in our blog.

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