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Home to the gentle giants of the sea


The gentle giants of the ocean emerge from its depths along the Whale Route. Thunderous claps echo toward the shoreline as southern right whales and humpback whales carry out courtship rituals and bear calves in sheltered bays along the coastline. A varied number of dolphin species along with cape fur seals and penguins also populate the area and can be spotted.

The Whale Route is dripping with small-town charm and appeal as visitors stop by coastal hamlets such as Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay, and Kleinmond. The heart of the Whale Route, Hermanus, also has numerous attractions. Have your wits about you, though—the Hermanus Whale Crier will sound his kelp horn at the first sighting of whales, prompting a flurry of activity on the coastline as whale-watchers scan the horizon.

Further along the coast, thrill-seekers can go shark-cage-diving in Gansbaai (a coastal town whose waters are known for great white sharks) while Cape Agulhas allows visitors to tick a visit to the southernmost tip of Africa off their list. Don’t miss Grootbos Nature Reserve, De Hoop Nature Reserve, and other small-town stops such as De Kelders, Arniston, and Stanford along the way. Activities in the area include kayaking, quad-biking, Golf, horse-riding, and whale-watching trips out to sea.

 

Highlights

  • The Cape Whale Route is one of the fastest growing whale routes in the world
  • The length of the route and number of charming towns dotted along it, promise a unique and relaxing holiday experience
  • The Cape Whale Route is an ideal way to explore the South African coastline
  • A great stopover spot on your way to the verdant Garden Route region
  • The best time for whale-watching is between the months of July and November

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