Join Capescape on an unforgettable Cape Whale Watching Tour from Cape Town via Gordons Bay to Hermanus and Gansbaai for unforgettable views of these giant whales.

THE CAPE WHALE COAST ROUTE

If you have never been on this route, you’ve not only been missing out on the spectacular whale show, but also the friendly locals, curious penguins, menacing sharks, spectacular fynbos, delicious food and beautiful scenery.


Starting in Gordon’s Bay, the route winds along the coast, through various quaint coastal towns (including Hermanus – rated as one of the best land based whale watching destinations), and ending in Gansbaai (famous for its shark-cage diving).

 

Timing is everything, however. Every year between the months of May to September, Hermanus bustles with excitement as the Southern Right whales arrive, after a journey of more than 3000 kilometres from the Antarctic Ocean. Whale watchers, however, are simply enthralled by their aquatic acrobatics.


It may seem strange that these huge, 40 tonne creatures embark on an annual round trip almost the length of Africa to mate, give birth and raise their calves, but between their icy Southern Ocean home and warmer oceans, our coastal waters are the closest docking place to chilly Antarctica. Plus there are a number of shallow bays, ideal for breeding and rearing young. Unfortunately, our waters don’t have enough food to sustain the appetite of the Southern Right whale all year round. So in summer they spend their time feeding in the cold waters of the south.




As with most great migrations, the enormity and magnificent shows draw us to the coast each year to witness this fascinating cycle. One can sit for hours admiring them and wondering why they do what they do. Whether its playfulness, communication or some more mysterious ritual, there’s no doubt it’s a spectacular performance.


As soon as those graceful V-shaped flukes show themselves above the water line, locals, visitors and tourists whip out their binoculars, not only to get a closer look, but with hope of seeing more of that enormous, 16 metre body rolling lazily about in the water. People flock to the best viewing sites along the shore or go on walking trails that pretty much guarantee good sightings; they even hop on boats that venture out into the whale’s territory.


This route is guaranteed to produce the best views and easiest sightings. As you make your way through these quaint coastal towns, you will be treated to sea vistas on one side and mountains on the other. This route is not only known for its bountiful whale sightings, but also nature reserves with diverse plant life, wine routes, golf courses, historic sites and adventure activities.

 



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