Cape Town Tourism - Table Mountain

Great White Shark Experiences

THE OCEAN'S GREATEST PREDATOR

Great White sharks are some of Cape Town's most famous and respected marine inhabitants. Love them or fear them, getting up close and personal with a great white is one of the most adrenaline-fueled experiences you can encounter while visiting the Cape.

It is estimated that there are only about 5 000 great white sharks left in the oceans and the Kleinbaai and Gansbaai coastline of the Western Cape has the greatest concentration of these predators. The best time for viewing these beasts is between June and September.

Shark cage diving

The funds raised from great white experiences and tours in Cape Town are helping scientist learn more about their behaviour and funding shark research in the Cape. Shark cage diving tour operators like Marine Dynamics take great care in ensuring that guests are educated on these magnificent predators and try to instill in them the respect the great white deserves. 

Most shark experiences happen off the coast of Gansbaai or Kleinbaai, two hours outside of Cape Town. Book with one of our accredited tour partners to make sure you're in the right place at the right time and get face-to-face with the ocean's greatest predator. 

Whales, sharks and seals

A seal comes in for his close-up, image courtesy of Animal Ocean

If diving with sharks is not your idea of a fun day out, just remeber that the oceans in the Cape are teeming with marine life, so an encounter with dolphins, whales or seals might be more up your alley. Cape Town offers excellent shore- and boat-based whale watching. Southern right whales can be spotted from the shore during breeding season from June to November. Humpback and Bryde’s whales are less common but can be seen throughout the year. Find out more about these activities here

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Shark Eplorers

Marine Dynamics

African Shark Eco Charters

Apex Shark Expeditions

Snorkeling with seals

Snorkeling with seals off the coast of Hout Bay is an exciting and fun adventure to be enjoyed by all ages. Adults and kids alike can take the boat out to Duiker Island, home to over 7000 Cape Fur Seals and their pups with Animal Ocean to jump in the icy water and frolick in the waves with these playful creatures. Find out more about this experience on our blog: Snorkeling with Cape Fur Seals.

Great White Shark Experiences

Great White sharks are some of Cape Town’s most famous and respected marine inhabitants. Love them or fear them, getting up close and personal with a great white is one of the most adrenaline-fueled experiences you can encounter while visiting the Cape.

Walking in Cape Town

Many visitors want to explore nature on higher ground as soon as they arrive in Cape Town and with Lion’s Head and Table Mountain beckoning, many do get to experience the local flora and fauna on foot. However, the entire peninsula can be enjoyed by avid walkers. From Blouberg Beach, with its picture perfect views from its sandy shores, to the more adventurous guided Hoerikwaggo Trails along the spine of Table Mountain, visitors have an expanse of ground to cover.

Birding

Birding, or avitourism, is one of the fastest-growing sectors in ecotourism internationally. The avitourism division of BirdLife South Africa (BLSA) has established several birding routes throughout the country.

Southern Line rail route

Take a trip on a slow train – a wonderful way to appreciate the fascinating and ever-changing landscape between the Cape Town city centre and Simon’s Town.

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