When you set out on your whale watching adventure, you’ll think the landscape of South Africa was designed for this purpose. Here’s a brief outline of the ‘whale track’ you need to follow through some of the charming little towns along the east and west coasts of South Africa.
Two hours from Cape Town, this quaint town is basically the whale capital, as whales come within a few meters of the shore. The Hermanus Whale Festival happens every year towards the end of September. The best viewpoints include terraces of buildings on Old Harbour and Gearing Point.
What makes False Bay an exciting whale vantage point is the fact it has quite a lot of roads that touch the coastline. At elevated points, you’re in for some fascinating whaling action. Try Boyes Drive, Jager’s Walk, Cape Point, and Clarence Drive to capture those fantastic clicks.
Cape Agulhus sets you up with an entertaining five-day hike through Marine Reserve and Hoop Nature Reserve. These almost untouched coastlines have whale nurseries along their shores. Visitors have witnessed huge pods of up to 50 whales at a time, just a couple of kilometres from the coast. You can also experience a bit of lazy village life in nearby Arniston, which is another great spot to watch these gentle giants.
THE GARDEN ROUTE:
This makes for a great drive as it provides a scenic experience along the southern coastal lines of South Africa. There are a number of coastal towns to explore on this route. Popular whale-watching spots include Dolphins Point, Flat Rock Beach, Leentjieskilp, and Map of Africa Viewpoint.