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South Africa’s Whale Coast could be considered as the area stretching from Betty’s Bay in the north to Gansbaai in the south on this section of the Western Cape Province coastline known as the Overberg (over the mountain). Both Betty’s Bay and Walker Bay are marine protected areas renowned for prime land-based whale watching. Southern Right, Bryde’s and Humpback whales congregate in the bays mostly during calving season, however, whales are generally spotted here throughout the year.
Towns along the whale coast are positioned up against high coastal mountains mostly incorporated into nature reserves. One, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, is recognised by UNESCO as an ecosystem of international importance.
The Whale Coast is much more than whale watching, the area has a number of attractions in this most scenic part of the world, ideal for a few days’ layover.
Top 10 reasons to visit the Cape Whale Coast
1. Hermanus is the whale watching capital of the world, take a boat ride from the new harbour for up close views of the whales in the bay. The period between July and November is the best time to view these leviathans of the sea.
2. The Stony Point penguin colony in Betty’s Bay is an important breeding ground for the endangered African penguin. The marine birds have taken over an old whaling station and Stony Point is probably the only penguin nature reserve worldwide.
3. The town of Hermanus is a lively holiday resort town with chic sidewalk cafés and restaurants along the esplanade, a 12km cliff walk and excellent shopping facilities.
4. For the adventurous, licenced boat operators in Gansbaai offer shark cage diving. Sightings of the great white shark are practically guaranteed.
5. The Walker Bay area has an established wine route extending from the small town of Bot River via Hermanus and into the Hemel en Aarde (Heaven... Show more