South Africa’s coast is one of the world’s top whale watching destinations. And rightfully so, with large amounts of whale pods that migrate past our shores towards warmer waters!
If you’re curious about whale watching this season, here’s some basic information to help make your whale watching adventure an unforgettable experience!
When is the best time of the year for whale watching in South Africa?
Whale watching season in South Africa varies with the whale species you are looking to spot. Southern Right whales are easily spotted from June to November during their migration. While Humpback whales can be spotted from May to November. Bryde’s whales are the only whales that stay in South Africa’s water all year round but are harder to spot than other species.
Which whales can you expect to see?
South Africa’s whale watching is popular due to the large diversity of marine life on our coast during migration season. Whales make the journey from the cold Polar regions of the Atlantic toward South Africa’s coastline and travel towards the warmer waters of Mozambique to mate and breed. You can expect to see Southern Right whales, Humpback whales, Bryde’s whales and much more!
Where can you do whale watching from?
South Africa has many locations that host ideal watching spots for anyone who wishes to spot the majestic giants on their journey North!
Hermanus is home to some of the best whale activity each year. The town even hosts an annual Whale Festival in October where avid whale watchers gather to celebrate the return of Southern Right whales. Whales can easily be spotted from the shoreline and rocky cliffs, as well as from the water. Whale watching cruises are a ‘must’ for the avid explorer that wants to get up close! Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and most of South Africa’s famous Garden Route also have ideal locations for spotting whales. False Bay based in Cape Town is also a popular location. Its long winding coastal roads make it perfect for a self-drive tour for spotting some whales!
What is the best way to see whales?
Whale watching can be done from the land on the coast or on a boat cruise. If you decide to do some spotting from the land, make sure to bring along a good pair of binoculars, a picnic basket with snacks, and most importantly, warm clothing. A Whale Route day tour is ideal for those that want the full experience with a knowledgeable guide.
For those that want to get up close and personal with these gentle giants, a boat cruise is a perfect way to see them. A cruise takes you close to whales and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see a friendly humpback breach!
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Whale watching is the perfect activity for travellers visiting South Africa’s coastal towns. Looking for a whale watching experience? Visit www.tours-tickets.co.za to book.