The Cape Whale Route
Western Cape, South Africa
The Cape Whale Route Western Cape Reviews
Whale Viewing in Southern African Waters Apr 20, 2002
Whale watching is probably one of the most intriguing adventures. There is no country on earth that provides a platform for such an activity the way South Africa does. There is a dedicated Route for this activity known as “The Cape Whale Route”, located in the Western Cape Region, Hermanus to be exact. Every year, the southern right whales migrate into the Western Cape waters to nurse their little ones. They come so close to the shores that whale watchers are given a show like never before, the opportunities for photos and filming are endless as the whales do their thing mindless of people watching them. There are 78 species of Dolphins and Whales in the world, of these 78, 37 are found in Southern African waters alone, quite a large percentage as you can see.
Some of the dedicated places to observe the whales include Lamberts Bay on the Cape West Coast, down to Elandsbaai and Saldanha Bay, down to Yzerfontein and Cape Town. You can also see them around the Peninsula into False Bay, where the whales frolic in the protected waters, on to Bettys Bay and Hermanus. Don and I went to Hermanus which is the whale zone. Information on whale sightings and where they come from into the old harbour to calve is provided.
Other viewing locations include:
* Along the soast to Gansbaai
* At Cape Agulhas
* De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve (protected waters)
* Wistsand at the Breede River mouth (protected waters)
* Still Bay (this is on the Garden Route)
* Dana Bay
* Mossel Bay (on the St. Blaize's hiking trail)
* Great Brak River
* Ballot's Bay
* Herold's Bay
* Victoria Bay
* Dolphin's Point at Kaaiman's Pass
* Knysna (Brenton on sea and Knysna heads
* Plattenberg Bay (this is the whale hotline point)
You can see the whales show off as they breach and blow, spy hop and lobtailing by slapping their tails in water.
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