Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Get close up and personal with a Southern Right whale on a boat-based trip from Hermanus or Gansbaai.

Whale Watching

One of the highlights of the Western Cape

Whale watching is one of the major attractions of the Western Cape.  The peak time, when daily sightings are virtually guaranteed, is during September and October.  Humpbacks and Bryde's whales are mostly spotted offshore from boats, but by far the most commonly sighted species, either from land or from a boat, is the Southern Right whale.  These majestic giants migrate to the South African waters from the Antarctic Ocean to calf from June, and begin the long journey back again at the end of November or beginning of December. 

HERMANUS AND GANSBAAI

On the Western Cape, Hermanus and Gansbaai are the main areas for whale watching, either boat-based or land-based, and the good selection of accommodation means a stay of 2 nights here is highly recommended during the whale season.

THE SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALE

There are only about 4,000 - 6,000 Southern Right whales left in the world today, and each whale has a unique pattern of characteristic pale callosities (outgrowths of tough skin) on their heads - making it possible to actually identify one from the other.

 
 

WHALE WATCHING - BOAT OR LAND?

Coming close up with a Southern Right whale in its natural habitat is an exhilarating experience, and you certainly get a thrill from boat-based whale watching. However, if your sea-legs really aren't that strong, then watching whales from the shoreline or from the cliff tops is still a fantastic experience.
 

WHALE WATCHING AT PLETTENBERG BAY

Bryde's whale feedingPlettenberg Bay offers all year round whale watching.  Visitors here can often seen whales just a few metres from the shore, or the cliff based whale watching from points along Robberg and Keurboom beaches and Robberg Nature Reserve offer even better viewing opportunities.

Plettenberg can boast all year round sightings of the resident Bryde’s whales.  The Southern Right whales are in the bay from between June and November, and when they leave, migratory humpback whales arrive with their calves early November and stay until the end of February, returning again during May and June.

Suggested Itineraries

Discover the Romance of the Cape

With this honeymoon, you can get lost in the romance of South Africa, from the bright lights of Cape Town to the picturesque Cape Winelands and the stunning raw beauty of the Garden Route.

Driving through some of South Africa’s most scenic landscapes, you’ll have total freedom and a sense of real honeymoon adventure. To top it all off, you’ll end your honeymoon in South Africa with 3 nights in a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape, where you can sip champagne between sunset and sunrise Big Five safaris.

13 day itinerary.

 
 

The Treasures of the Cape

This self-drive itinerary starts with 3 nights at the 4* Cullinan Hotel on the edge on Cape Town's popular V&A Waterfront.  This is a great base to explore all the attractions around the city such as Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula, and Robben Island.

On leaving Cape Town, you will visit the historic town of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, where you will have the opportunity to sample the fine wines and foods of the region, before you head to the coastal town of Hermanus to go in search of whales (if you are there in the right season) or dive with great white sharks (if you are brave enough!).

Next you have a couple of days to explore the beautiful Garden Route coast before going on safari in the malaria-free Pumba Private Game Reserve where you can see Africa's magnificent wildlife in it's natural environment and enjoy the luxury and style of a 5* safari lodge.

12 day itinerary.

Guide price valid for travel in September 2014

 
 

Saving Africa's Wildlife

How about this for a great idea: enjoy a 2 week holiday including a safari at the award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve, and save money on the safari whilst both Travel Butlers and Shamwari make a donation to a rhino-protection charity on your behalf!

After 5 nights spent around Cape Town and The Cape Winelands, you will move on to Hermanus where you can enjoy whale watching (in season), and shark-cage diving (if you're brave!). You may want to skip Hermanus if you are travelling outside of the July-October whale watching season, and add some extra time on to one of the other locations.

You will then have 3 nights at The Robberg Beach Lodge near Plettenberg Bay which is a great place to relax and visit all the attractions of the Garden Route before you head off on safari.

Shamwari is the longest established of the private reserves near Port Elizabeth, and it's award-winning 5* lodges offer some of the best game viewing, accommodation, and food in the region.  Shamwari also takes a leading roll in rhino conservation, and both Travel Butlers and Shamwari will make a donation to a rhino-protection charity on your behalf when you book this itinerary.

12 day itinerary.

Guide price valid for travel in October 2014

 
 

*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.



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