Whale Route


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Whales are the world’s largest marine mammals, seeing them live will be anyone’s dream come true. Not only is South Africa famous for its big five but the marine wildlife is impressive as well.

Take a tour to the Cape waters and treat yourself to an amazing scene of spouting and breaching. Southern right whales are the most common to spot in the coast of Cape Town.

However, whales cannot be watched from just anywhere. Hermanus is rated one of the top 12 whale watching locations because whales often come within metres of the shoreline.

A whale crier then alerts watchers of the presence of the whale using a kelp horn. The whale route spans along the coastline passing Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s bay en route to Hermanus. This is an amazing experience you would never want to miss.

Tour Starts: 05:00 - 06:00

Duration: Full day


The Whale Route is a journey of discovery and immersing your mind in new knowledge. This route includes:

  • Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay.
  • The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens: Between Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay is a peaceful and secluded garden lying snugly between mountains and sea.
  • Rotary Drive
  • Fernkloof Nature Reserve: 2000 hectares of mountain and coastal fynbos as well as a huge number of birds and smaller mammals.
  • Hermanus: One of the top destinations for whale watching. Hermanus is the only town in the world with a “whale crier” stationed at a vantage point officially on duty during the season to alert bystanders of the whales in the bay.
  • Land Based Whale watching: Every year around June to November the southern right whales which were almost endangered in the 19th century take a tour to the Cape waters and treat the Cape locals and tourists to an amazing scene of spouting and breaching.
  • Boat based whale watching (optional): For the thrill seekers, you can watch these aquatic mammals sprouting and breaching from the boat.
  • Elgin: A huge lush area of land circled by mountains giving breathtaking scenery.
  • Sir Lowry’s Pass

Please note that whale watching is seasonal, Mid July to October.

Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay
Whale watching at Hermanus
The Southern Right Whale
Wine tasting en route

We can fetch you from your current location and take you back. (Terms and conditions apply)