Whale Watching in South Africa

John and I went to South Africa for the 6th time in October 2015:

Whale Watching

But this was the first time we visited the Western Cape in October, peak time for whale watching!


Whale Watching

Whales come to mate and calve in the Western Cape between July and November.

Whale Watching

The Cape Whale Route stretches for 900 km starting in Betty’s Bay, a short 15-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport.

Whale Watching

I think when most people think of watching whales in the Western Cape, they automatically think of Hermanus.

To avoid the crowds, we decided to position ourselves closer to Gansbaai and De Kelders at the south end of Walker Bay.

Whale Watching

White Shark Guesthouse is a beautiful and affordable bed and breakfast located 400 Meters from the harbor.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Walker Bay is renowned as the home of the Southern Right Whale.

Whale Watching

It is said that the sheltered bays and rocky inlets is what bring the whales back year after year.

Whale Watching

Most towns along the Cape Whale Route offer boat tours.

Whale Watching

But we chose to take a front row seat on the rocks along Front Street in De Kelders.

Whale Watching

We sat and watched the gentle giants play for several hours.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Here’s a short video:

Of course my photos and video just don’t seem to do it justice.

Whale Watching

It was an amazing afternoon.

Whale Watching

Watching whales in the wild has been on my list of need-to-dos for awhile now:

Whale Watching

And so was standing on The Southernmost Tip of Africa which I did the day before.

Cape Agulhas, Southernmost Tip of Africa

If your travels take you to the Western Cape of South Africa, I highly recommend both of these activities.

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