Whale Watching In Cape Town

Its finally whale watching season in Cape Town!

Whale Watching In Cape Town

Winter in Cape Town is the best time of year to see Southern Right Whales. This undoubtedly makes going on a whale watching adventure one of the top things to do in Cape Town in winter.

Every year, between June and November, Southern Right Whales journey to the Cape shores to mate and calve, giving locals and travelers the incredible opportunity to witness these majestic ocean beings in their natural habitat.

Whale Watching In Cape Town

The Cape Whale Route is a 900-kilometre-long stretch of coastline that extends from Strandfontein near Muizenberg to Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape, giving you ample destinations and opportunities to enjoy incredible whale sightings. Not to mention watch these amazing ocean beings showing off their breaching, fluking, lobtailing, logging, spouting and spyhopping from the comforts of the shore.

Whether you choose to witness them from the shoreline, the perfect ocean view sunset spot or up close and personal on a boat-based whale watching ocean adventure, it promises to be a bucket list worthy experience.

Best places to see whales in Cape Town & surrounds:

  • False Bay coastline
  • Hermanus
  • Cape Agulhas
  • Hout Bay
  • Llandudno Beach
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive
  • De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve
  • Witsand (also known as “The Whale Nursery of South Africa”)
  • Gansbaai
  • The Cape West Coast: Lambert’s Bay; Strandfontein; Yzerfontein; Langebaan; Paternoster; Elands Bay; Saldanha Bay; Melkbosstrand & Doringbaai
  • Overberg region: Struisbaai; Arniston; Stanford; Betty’s Bay; Gansbaai & De Kelders
  • Cape Town: Llandudno & Hout Bay
  • Garden Route: Stilbaai; Sedgefield; Nature’s Valley; Wilderness; Knysna; Plettenberg Bay; Mossel Bay