Cape Whale Coast
Just outside Gordon’s Bay is the start of Clarence Drive, a dramatically carved road that meanders between the base of the Hottentots-Holland mountains and the crashing waves of False Bay leading to the Cape Whale Coast. This route has been voted one of the most scenic in the world and cuts through the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site, recognised for the diversity of its fynbos vegetation. The road continues past Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond to Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai. Alternatively, one can take the N2 from Cape Town and enjoy the option to stop at 3 of South Africa’s top farmstalls to sample local produce.
The region includes two wine routes with some of South Africa’s leading wine estates, craft beer producers, adventure activities, hiking trails and a dynamic arts and culture society. It is a mountain biker’s paradise with many routes to cycle and challenges to beat. Marine life is precious here and the Cape Whale Coast is part of the international group of Hope Spots – special sea spots that are critical to the health of the ocean earth’s blue heart. Hermanus is known for the best land-based whale watching in the world and Gansbaai is recognised as the Great White Shark capital of the world.
Cape Whale Coast is an area of great natural beauty and diversity offering something for every visitor. The region is acknowledged as a sustainable tourism destination with three Blue Flag beaches and a fourth, Castle Beach at Pearly Beach, just added as a pilot Blue Flag beach. Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay, Flower Valley, Grootbos and Platbos outside Gansbaai and Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus provide tranquil spaces where the biodiversity glory of our fynbos can be appreciated.
There’s more. The only rock art in the Overberg is found just outside the Heritage Village of Stanford on Philipskop Mountain Reserve, the biggest abalone farm in the world can be visited at Heart of Abalone in Hermanus, De Kelders has drip caves and Kleinmond has a herd of wild horses that roams the banks of the Bot River lagoon.
The Cape Whale Coast can be as action packed or relaxing as you wish it to be. With champagne air to breath, good wines to enjoy and nature enveloping the landscape this is the place to explore, relax and enjoy.
- Panthera Africa Wild Cat Sanctuary (Stanford)
- African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (Gansbaai)
- River Rafting (Kleinmond)
- Fat Bike Rides (Gansbaai)
- Paragliding (Hermanus)