About Whale Watching in Cape Agulhas

Take the N2 out of Cape Town and travel for about two and a half hours to reach the most southern tip of Africa which is monopolised by the three towns of L'Agulhas, its neighbour Struisbaai, and on the other side of the bay, Arniston or Waenhuiskrans.

Did you know? From the cliffs of Arniston one is said to hear the whales singing at night in the waters below.

Cape Agulhas may not be as beautiful as the Cape Peninsula, nor boast quite the land-based 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.

The town of L'Agulhas is famous for its position, more than anything else - it lies at the southernmost tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, its rocks have been privy to more than their fair share of shipwrecks, and it is home to a rather atmospheric lighthouse, the second-oldest in South Africa.

But Agulhas National Park with its 56km strandveld covered, sand dune ridden coastline, and the beaches below the lighthouse, provides wonderful vantage points from which to spot whales, and a particularly rugged, windswept environment in which to enjoy them.

Struisbaai's harbour, although essentially a fishing harbour with a few recreational vessels, is where boats leave on whale watching expeditions. It was only in 2010 that Struisbaai was awarded a permit, ahead of the World Cup, but spotting whales by boat is undoubtedly popular in the seaside village.

It's not the only way to see them, however. Struisbaai boasts the longest continuous stretch of beach in the southern hemisphere, known as Struisbaaiplaat, where whales have been known to venture in as close as 20 metres from the shore.

Whale watching in Arniston here is a quieter, more sedate venture than in Walker Bay, but sightings are good from the cliffs overlooking the site of the HMS Arniston shipwreck, which ran aground in 1815, and along the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve coastline.

Arniston also runs boat-based whale watching.

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WhereWhale Watching in Cape Agulhas, Cape Agulhas Region, Western Cape, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours. in Whale Watching Season.

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