Whale Watching in South AfricaTips for Spotting Whales
Whale watching in South Africa is of the best in the world. Below are some tips for spotting the whales on your whale watching adventure in South Africa.
Whale watching in South Africa is so popular that whales have joined the ranks of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Collectively they make up the 'big six' of African game viewing.
Below are a few tips to help you spot the whales. Also see our Whale Watching Infographic which depicts the different whale behaviours, a diagram of a whale's anotomy and a handy map showing you exactly where the best whale watching spots are in South Africa.
You can download the full version of the infographic as a pdf document for your personal use right here (this is a larger, clear version of the online version).
Tips for spotting whales
- Look for white patches out at sea – these are usually indicative of waves breaking over the bodies of whales.
- Sometimes rather than a white patch, you can sight a fin briefly as the whale rolls – this is a sure indicator of whale action.
- Any giant splash out of the corner of your eye could be whales breaching, continue to look in the same direction for a while.
- Check in with the whale crier in Hermanus, or the shark spotters on Boyes Drive for latest updates.
- Be aware that if you take a boat-based whale-watching trip it is highly likely that you will get seasick, so be prepared.
Popular Whale Watching Destinations
Whale Show at the Whale Museum
The Whale Show is an audiovisual presentation shown daily at the Whale Museum in Hermanus. Noel Ashton, using his paintings and scientific illustrations, will take you below the surface and bring you face to face with these magnificent ocean...
More info and contact details: See the Whale Show at the Whale Museum
Whale Watching from Boulders
Where? Simons Town
Although Simon’s Town is small in size, one of its biggest attractions still remains a trip to Boulders Beach. Boulders Beach is situated at the end of Simon’s Town between Fish Hoek and Cape Point. A small entrance fee helps towards the...
More info and contact details: Whale Watching from Boulders to Smitswinkelbaai
Whale Watching from Boyes Drive
Whether it be a passing drive or a leisurely stroll along Boyes Drive, there are many allocated stop-offs along the mountain side, where you can park off and view the vast ocean below. Surrounded by the False Bay waters whales are a common sight within...
More info and contact details: Whale Watching from Boyes Drive