5 of the Best Ways to See Whales around Cape Town_

When words like breaching, fluking, spouting and spyhopping, can be heard around Cape Town, it means it’s whale season. From June to November, Southern Right Whales enter Cape Town waters – their 60-ton, barnacle-covered bodies can be seen frolicking not far from the coastline where they come to breed and calf each year on their annual migration from Antarctica. Between May and November it’s the turn of Humpback whales who have for millennia made the journey from the polar region to the Cape of Storm where they court and give birth before setting out with their young to Mozambique and Madagascar. Whale season in Cape Town is as exciting for locals and tourists as it is for the whales, so we’ve picked five of the best ways to see whales around Cape Town.

  1. Simon’s Town Boat Company

Little more than a thirty minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre, historic Simon’s Town is one of the best places to whale-watch. Simon’s Town Boat Company is happy to help with a number of sea tours and boat charters – definitely the best way to experience the beautiful False Bay coast that stretches from Strandfontein all the way to Cape Point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The area, tucked away from the open ocean and surrounded by sheltering mountains at the southern tip of Africa, is an ideal winter home for whales. You might be lucky enough to see them from the shoreline or you can get a closer view of these gentle giants in their natural habitat by setting out on one of four custom-designed vessels, skippered by highly qualified crew and your very own expert tour guide. Keep an eye out for other ocean visitors like Humpbacks, Orcas and dolphins.

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  1. Ocean Wonder

Ocean Wonder offers boat-based ocean wildlife encounters, guided by Paul Lipschitz and his knowledge of the Table Bay area and the creatures who live in it, whether whales, dolphins, penguins, sun fish or seals. These guided trips take you wherever the ocean giants can be reached – and along the way, you’ll be enchanted by the facts and stories Paul can tell you, about the ocean’s wildlife and the breathtaking habitat they call home. The boat is a 7.2 meter Ballistic semi-rigid inflatable (SRI), certified by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) for use as a commercial charter boat. You can expect an exciting and comfortable ride that can accommodate 11 passengers.

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  1. Dyer Island Cruises

Dyer Island Cruises is based in Gansbaai, a two-hour drive from Cape Town. The area surrounding Dyer Island and “Shark Alley” is the world renowned home of the Marine Big 5. Depending on the time of year, you can see whales, dolphins, seals, African Penguins and Great White Sharks – sometimes in a single trip! Peak season is July to December, and Southern Right Whales are prolific between August and November.

Dyer Island Cruises’ marine tour guides know this area like the back of their hand and are not only extremely knowledgeable about all things ocean, but are also keen to ensure that your trip is as enjoyable as it possibly can be onboard the Dreamcatcher – a 5-star, custom-built whale-watching vessel.

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  1. Southern Right Charters

Southern Right Charters’ purpose-built catamaran “Miroshca”, is a great way to experience the marine playground of Hermanus. This area hosts most of the Southern Right Whales that visit the South African coastline. Humpback and Brydes Whales are also a common sight, along with many other marine creatures. Tours leave from the Hermanus’s New Harbour – dubbed the “Capital of the Cape Whale Coast” – and head out to Walker Bay, one of the best whale-watching areas in the world.

Southern Right Charters describes itself as a “progressive, environmentally-sensitive company that operates according to the ‘Observing NOT Disturbing’ principle’, which puts the safety and conservation of whales and marine life first”.

The charter company also offers on-land facilities at New Harbour. The Whale Shack on the water’s edge has refreshments, WiFi and free internet access, a DVD pre-viewing area, local crafts and souvenirs, as well as regular whale sightings in peak season.

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  1. Hermanus

Hermanus – rated one of the top 12 whale-watching locations in the world by the World Wildlife Fund – offers not only boat charters, but opportunities to view the whales from land, for those who’d prefer not to get their feet wet. Since the whales often come within metres of the shoreline, a number of viewing terraces have been set up at the Old Harbour and Gearings Point. One the unique experiences of whale season is the Whale Crier – who blows on a traditional kelp horn to alert locals and tourists to the presence of whales. If you’re able to visit in August, you can experience the Kalfiefees(the Calving Festival) or wait for the first week of October when the seaside town hosts its annual whale festival—a unique event to welcome the whales home, and celebration all things cetacean.

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Pod of 60 Humpback Whales In Cape Town

A few years ago in 2016 a pod of over 60 Humpback Whales slowly made their way around Cape Point and into Table Bay in Cape Town.

Keiran Donnelly captured this amazing drone footage of the whales as they passed by our beautiful city.

We hope they come back soon so we can witness it again.

If you are looking to see some whales and dolphins yourself while you are in Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard, check out this amazing tour where you get to see whales and dolphins in Table Bay, Cape Town.

Also check out this amazing video of Whales in Muizenberg, False Bay, Cape Town.

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Between Table Mountain and Signal Hill is a mountain which resembles a proud lion overlooking the city of Cape Town. Lion’s Head is part of the Table Mountain National Park and considered one of the most popular hiking destinations in Cape Town. It offers stunning views of Camps Bay, the Atlantic ocean, Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles, Sea Point, Signal Hill and the City Bowl. The name was given to it by the Dutch in the 17th century, they called it Leeuwen Kop (Lion’s Head). Signal Hill used to be called Leeuwen Staart (Lion’s Tail) – the two together reminded the first Dutch settlers of a crouching lion.

Lion’s Head peaks at 669 meters above sea level and it’s about an hour and a half of relatively easy hiking to the top. The hike starts at the car park on Signal Hill Road. Follow the trail which circles around the mountain to get to the top. The hike is easy up until the point just before you reach the summit. To reach the summit, get ready for quite a bit of challenging climbing. Luckily a series of chains and steel ladders will assist you with the ascend and descend. Along the way you will also see epic paragliding launch sites.

Hike up in the morning for a breathtaking sunrise or in the afternoon  for a world famous Cape Town sunset. If you feel really brave, try the full moon hike. Witness the amazing view of the sun setting over the sea and the moon rising over the mountains. Lion’s Head is doubtlessly a big favourite of both locals and tourists who love a good hike and stunning views. Remember to bring your camera  for an unforgettable photo!

Take a Guided Lion’s Head Hike

Although Lion’s Head rates as a 2 on the hiking scale (out of 5), parts of the hike are very challenging. An experienced guide can create the ultimate hiking experience for your enjoyment. You can choose between the leisurely spiral route around the mountain, or the more adventurous option to the summit via the climbing chains installed.

Depending on your fitness level, you can hike up and down the mountain in about two to three hours. In total the hike is a 5.5 km round trip. The hike is extremely popular and can take longer simply due to the amount of people ascending and descending the mountain.

You can ask your guide to create a hike for you featuring two different hiking routes. The guide will make sure that you adhere to the Lion’s Head Mountain safety guidelines. If you have a fear of heights, rather stick to the Lion’s Head Spiral Route.

Why Use a Guide to Hike up Lion’s Head

A professional guide will provide you with a complete package that includes everything you need for a successful hike. This includes your transportation to the mountain; coffee, tea or hot chocolate; a snack and refresher drinks. Plus, your hiking guide will also take great photos of your Lion’s Head experience.

You will have to ensure that you wear appropriate clothes for the hike. Beforehand you can ask your guide for clothing tips. Proper hiking gear is recommended, which includes layering up against the unpredictable Cape Town weather. The wind can become very chilly at the top, even on a hot summer’s day. You should wear closed shoes that is suitable for running or hiking.

Book Your Guided Lion’s Head Hike Now

The Hike Lion’s Head guides have created an inclusive hiking package for R850. This includes the preparation for an unforgettable hike; transportation to the mountain; plus refreshments to make sure you stay hydrated and energized during your hike. And your guide will ensure that you travel up the mountain safely while informing you about interesting facts about the mountain.

Visit hikelionshead.co.za now for more information or to book your hike.

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