SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES migrate into the coastal waters around South Africa each year, arriving around mid-June and staying until mid-November. The males arrive first, followed by the females some weeks later. They come to these waters to mate and to calve. They do not feed while they are here as the waters around our coast does not support krill there staple diet. The pregnant females are the last to arrive and are the last to leave with their young.This tour takes you to the town of HERMANUS, which is regarded as being one of the world’s best land and boat-based whale watching sites in the world. On arriving at Hermanus we board a vessel that will take us out into Walker Bay to locate and to view Southern Right Whales in their natural environment. On this trip you will literally come to within meters of these magnificent giants of the ocean – it is a unique experience. After your boat-based whale encounter a good lunch at one of the most unusual restaurant settings in the world, BIENTANG’S CAVE, is highly recommended. This restaurant located on the water’s edge was once inhabited by early man and it is common to see whales from your table! Hermanus has many attractions, you can explore the old harbour with its fascinating Whale & Shark museum as well as a market for some great shopping. Whales are not the only attraction on this tour because on our return journey we travel through several seaside towns and coastal mountain passes. The coast and its beauty is unsurpassed along the route and allows you to experience a little of what lies beyond the City of Cape Town. Apart from Southern Right Whales you might see seals and dolphins and, if you are lucky, even a Great White shark can be spotted along the way. The seascapes remain spectacular at every turn.
HERMANUS & WHALE ROUTE PRIVATE TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Sir Lowry’s Pass – great views
- Boat Based Whale Watching
- Market and Whale Museum
- Old Historical Harbour
- Bientang’s Cave Seafood Restaurant
- Land Based whale watching
- Clarence Drive – coastal road with stunning views
- Cape Coastal Whale Route
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