Cape Whale Coast, Hermanus

4.7
#3 of 8 in Parks in Hermanus
At the southern tip of Africa, where two of the world's greatest oceans converge, a total experience of land, sea and the rainbow culture of the Western Cape offer you the most exciting land based whale watching venues in the world!

The Whale Route start at Doringbay on the west coast and extends to Durban on the east coast, 1,400 plus miles of whale watching coastline. At least 37 species of whales and dolphins can be found in the waters off South Africa. However, the Route is most famous for encounters with southern right whales, humpback whales, and several coastal dolphin species. You can also see African penguins, Cape fur seals, black oystercatcher birds and a variety of other marine life.

Each year Southern Right whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. The animals, often mere metres from the shore, provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November.
Plan to see Cape Whale Coast and other attractions that appeal to you using our Hermanus attractions planner .
Source
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Create an itinerary including Cape Whale Coast
Cape Whale Coast Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
58 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Driving along the R44 from Hermanus to Gordon's Bay is stunning: beautiful sandstone rock cliffs along a hair-raising twisty road.  more »
  • If you are going to travel this far, it would be madness not to try and see a whale or two splashing about off shore. Do it.  more »
Places to stay near Cape Whale Coast

Plan your trip to Hermanus

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Hermanus

View all >
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
3.7
Duration: 4​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Side trips from Hermanus

4.3
Duration: 4​h
4.0
Duration: 4​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Hermanus

4.6
Duration: 8​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 30​min

Shopping in Hermanus

View all >
4.9
Duration: 1​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Hermanus

4.9
Duration: 4​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Wildlife in Hermanus

View all >
4.9
Duration: 8​h
2.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min