South Africa's Whale Watching Destinations
Where? False Bay
During the late 1800s and 1900s False Bay and Table Bay had thriving whaling stations, there were so many whales in the bays. Today they do not attract quite the level of whale activity as towns further east, but come they still do. Humpback and Byde...
More info and photographs: Whale Watching in False Bay, Cape Peninsula
Cape Whale Coast
Where? Whale Coast
The coming of the whales to the Western Cape's southern coastline, also known as the Cape Whale Coast, every year between June and November, not only creates a stir, but brings to our shores a large, intelligent and remarkable giant of the sea and the...
More info and photographs: Whale Watching on the Cape Whale Coast, Western Cape
Where? Cape Overberg
Walker Bay – heart of the whale coast. The waters between Hermanus and Pearly Beach attract hundreds of whales annually to the shallow waters of this coastline, also known as the whale coast. Daily sightings of these giant beasts of the sea, certainly...
More info and photographs: Whale Watching in Walker Bay, Cape Overberg
Where? Cape Agulhas
Cape Agulhas may not be as beautiful as the Cape Peninsula, nor boast quite the whale watching of Hermanus, Walker Bay or Witsand. However there is the bonus of fewer people, and thus the advantage of access to the whales without the crowds...
More info and photographs: Whale watching in Cape Agulhas
St Sebastian Bay
Where? Cape Overberg
St Sebastian Bay, and the waters off De Hoop Nature Reserve, are known as the whale nursery of southern Africa there is such a high concentration of southern right whales during their annual winter migration. The bay is relatively solitary, with little...
More info and photographs: Whale Watching in St Sebastian Bay, Cape Overberg
Where? Garden Route
Whilst the Garden Route, between Mossel Bay and Storm's River, does not get landbased whale watching in quite the same way as Hermanus, Witsand and De Hoop, whales are still very much in evidence in the more secluded bays particularly around...
More info and photographs: Whale Watching in the Garden Route
Where? Port Elizabeth
Algoa Bay did not feature in the boat-based whale watching scene until a company was awarded a licence in 2011, making visitors' chances of seeing not only southern right wales but orcas (killer whales), Bryde's whales and humpback whales that much...
More info and photographs: Whale Watching in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth
Where? St Lucia
St Lucia and the chance of seeing humpback whales - When you think of whale song, you think of the sound that the humpback whale makes. Their collection of moans, cries and howls can continue for hours and have made them rather famous. St Lucia, on the...
More info and photographs: Whale Watching in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal