Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
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Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
 
 
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching

Overberg Whale Route

Each year, hundreds of Southern Right whales migrate into our coastal waters, visiting the sheltered, shallow bays to calve and nurse their young. The whales, mere meters from the shore, provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November. Humpback whales migrate through our region between May and December. Bryde's whales are found slightly further off shore all year round.
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching

The Overberg provides several whale watching spots along its diverse coastline. Interpretive signboards provide visitors with essential information on the whales occurring along the coast.

Where will we see the whales?

The coastal road from Gordons Bay to Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond, named Clarence Drive, is a spectacular route with steep cliffs and coves. The coastal road has turn-off places, where you can stop and take some pictures or enjoy a sundowner while watching a spectacular sunset. The route offers amazing views over False Bay, right up to Table Mountain and Cape Point.

At the safe and pleasant Rooiels and Pringle Bay beaches numerous whales have been sighted. Stony Point at Betty's bay is renowned for its pleasant whale watching experiences and a definite tourist hotspot. The remains of the Old Whaling station, which was in operation from 1912 to 1930, can still be seen. At Kleinmond the whales can be seen from the harbour, Palmiet Beach, along Beach Road, from the hotel and Sandown Bay.

Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching

Hermanus is renowned as the heart of the Cape Whale Coast. Acknowledged by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching sites in the world, whales can be seen is some places from as close as five metres from its rocky cliffs. The southern right whales start arriving in Walker Bay from June and have usually left again by December. The peak whale season, when sightings are virtually guaranteed every day, is during September and October. The whale population peaks in Walker Bay during October. Hermanus even has 'the world's only whale crier', Wilson Salukazana, who blows a horn made of sea bamboo to tell people that whales are in view. He will answer the questions of every eager tourist. The whales seem to appreciate an audience and provide spectacular entertainment.

For ten days each September and October, Hermanus is transformed as thousands of visitors from all over the country arrive to enjoy the arts and environ-experience of the Whale Festival. The Whale Festival has become on of the major events on the South African cultural calendar.

San Sebastian Bay and De Hoop Nature Reserve is situated on the southernmost region of Africa and is often referred to as "the" whale nursery of South Africa. It has the highest count of southern rights along the coast during the height of the breeding months (August to end October). St Sebastian Bay has the largest concentration of Southern Rights on the South African Coast. The official helicopter count done in October 2000 revealed 34 cow-calf pairs in the Bay, and 74 off de Hoop. On a good day you can see up to 50. The areas designated for boat-based whale watching has been carefully selected so as to not interfere with those observing from the land. Witsand is the only village on the Bay that has the infrastructure to accommodate visitors.

Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching
Overberg Whale Route & Whale Watching

At De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area hikers can enjoy the 54 kilometres, five-day Whale Trail. The trail meanders through pristine fynbos, coastal cliffs and aqua blue rock pools. Overnight accommodation is available for up to 12 people in spectacular cottages with built-in fireplaces.

The MTN Cape Whale Route has established a whale hotline, where people can phone from anywhere in the world to find out where the whales are. The hotline can be reached by phoning (+27) 083 910 1028.

 

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