Whale season typically runs between August and November in the Cape, each season, large numbers of whales can be seen along the coast. If you’d like to see whales in action visit the famous Whale Route, which spans along the coastline passing Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay en route to Hermanus.
Hermanus lies along Walker Bay on the south coast of the Western Cape. It is located about 115 km southeast of Cape Town and is connected to the Mother City by the R43 highway (or coastal R44 scenic route) and N2 motorway.
Hermanus is known as one of the best destinations for whale-watching, viewing of the whales takes place directly from the shore. You will be able to experience these giants whales of the deep frolic in the waves, and watch them launch out of the water to breach.There are crier available and it is able to spot whales and then sound his horn to let bystanders know that there are whales in the bay, fascinating hey?
Whale Watching – The Southern Right Whale
What makes the Southern Right Whale unique and special is the fact that the whales use their elevated flukes to catch the wind. This behavior is thought to be a form of play and is commonly seen off the coast South Africa. Southern rights are willing performers, known for breaching several times in succession to hit the water again with a cannon-blast sound. The best time to see these specific whales in action is during the months of June to November along the Cape Coast. Peak calving season can also be seen around September and October.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve & Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
Other highlights that you will enjoy on this Cape Town tour include a visit to the beautiful Fernkloof Nature Reserve, with a huge number of birds and smaller mammals to see. It includes parts of the coastal area such as the Cliff Path Nature Area, the Mossel River valley and the area from De Mond to Kettle Point, the mouth of the Vogelgat River and part of the Klein River lagoon have recently been incorporated in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens is for nature-lovers, while on weekdays and Saturdays, a trip through the Hamilton Russell Wine Estate offers a glimpse into Hermanus’ viticulture. In your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle you will be able to relax and enjoy the sights on this memorable Cape whale-watching tour.