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October 05, 2011

Top five whale watching spots in Cape Town and surrounds

Whale watching Lions Head

Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town and its surrounding areas offer some of the best land-based whale watching in the world from June to November each year.

Watching Southern Right Whales at play along our coastline – they migrate annually to the Mother City’s coast to calve and nurture their offspring,– always seems to fill whale watchers with a sense of wonder and serenity.

Getting comfortable in one of the following spots is likely to increase your chances of a sighting:

Cape Point

Breathtaking scenery, fynbos, a thrilling ride on The Flying Dutchman funicular, a seafood lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant, and picnicking and swimming at the Buffel’s Bay tidal pool await visitors to Cape Point, with the added promise of watching a whale breach.

Boyes Drive

The perfect Sunday afternoon drive, incredibly scenic Boyes Drive stretches from St James to Kalk Bay and has a number of viewing spots along the way with panoramic views across False Bay.

Clarence Drive

The scenic coastal road called Clarence Drive between Gordon’s Bay and the tiny coastal town of Rooi Els has prime whale watching spots en route to Hermanus.

Hermanus, The Overberg

Home to the annual Whale Festival in September and much loved local personality, the Whale Crier of Hermanus, this seaside town has earned its reputation as one of the top destinations in the world for land and boat-based whale watching. On boat-based whale watching tours with certified operators you stand an excellent chance of seeing whales.


Hangklip is a charming seaside town home to the Kogelberg Biosphere, a hotel caught in the light from two lighthouses, Cape Point and Cape Hangklip, and some magnificent whale watching spots.

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