Spring is a wonderful time to be staying in Cape Town self-catering accommodation. The unpredictable weather is on its way out, making way for the season’s most anticipated arrivals.
Every year during September and October, humpback, southern right and Bryde’s whales make their way from distant oceans to their breeding grounds off the coast of South Africa.
It’s an event that’s celebrated with the Hermanus Whale Festival as well as opportunities to spot these amazing marine creatures on land and sea. Here’s how to get the best views along the Garden Route.
From Land and Sea
Hermanusis well-known as the world’s best place for land-based whale watching, and it shows. Every year thousands of visitors flock to this seaside town for the festivities and a chance to view the whales from a host of terrestrial viewpoints.
However, if you’d prefer more intimate encounters with these enormous mammals, it pays to head out of town along the Garden Route. Knysna, Mossel Bay, Wilderness and Plettenberg Bay all offer excellent opportunities for whale watching but it’s Knysna’s boat-based whale-watching jaunts that take the cake in this part of the world.
Here you can venture out the scenic route by heading out on a spacious 25-seater whale watching boat bound for Buffalo Bay. The trip takes you across the gorgeous Knysna Lagoon and through the heads into the open ocean beyond, and straight to the whales.
There’s no magic involved in these sightings. Your skipper knows exactly where the whales are thanks to a constant stream of information provided by a land-based whale-watcher on the Brenton Hills.
This convenience saves a lot of time that would otherwise be spent searching for whales, and gives you more time to enjoy them.
It’s not unusual to see both adult and baby whales lob tailing, blowing and breaching during these interactions, while your guide fills you in on interesting information about these marine mammals.
In South Africa, whale boats are not permitted to disturb the whales for extended time periods or approach within 50m of the whales. On occasion though, curious whales may approach the boat, allowing you a close up look before your skipper moves out of range again.
If you’re lucky some of the local dolphins may put on a show too.
Cape Town Self-Catering Accommodation Is Your Gateway To The Garden Route
If you’re visiting the Garden Route outside of whale season, you can still head off on boat-based marine adventures to admire the dolphins and penguins that are in attendance year round, or just enjoy this beautiful part of the world from another angle.
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