Whale Coast

Just outside of Cape Town, the Cape Whale Coast stretches from the small town of Gordon’s Bay to Gansbaai along the Western Coast. It can easily be called ‘Heaven on Earth’. The pristine stretch of South African coastline is flanked by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

The main towns on the Whale Coast are Hermanus, Stanford, and Gansbaai; but along the way, you will discover a collection of villages, farms, rivers and wine farms. Discover the Southern Right whales who come to these waters to give birth, endemic fynbos, penguins, golf courses and hiking trails. The Whale Coast is a great add-on to any Cape Town itinerary.

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Highlights in Whale Coast

  • Enjoy the delicious wines on the Hermanus and Stanford wine route
  • Whale watching in Hermanus, the best land-based whale watching area, from June to November
  • Great White Shark cage diving in Gansbaai
  • Visit the nature reserves in this beautiful region
  • Discover fynbos on nature walks and hikes
  • Quaint towns along the route

Featured Accommodation

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Forest Lodge

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Forest Lodge

With breathtaking panoramic views of mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxurious pristine paradise showcasing the splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the incredible marine life of the southern tip of Africa.Situated 2 hours from Cape Town, Grootbos is the perfect central base to discover…

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The Thatch House Boutique Hotel

The Thatch House Boutique Hotel

THE THATCH HOUSE Boutique Hotel, HermanusThe Thatch House, resting on the banks of the Hermanus lagoon, is an upmarket boutique hotel with breathtaking views of the ancient Cape Fold Mountains to one side and the Lagoon to the other. This exclusive boutique hotel offers peace, tranquillity, total privacy and a…

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Arabella Hotel and Spa

Arabella Hotel and Spa

Nestled deep in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere, a breath-taking one hour and 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, is the unique Arabella Hotel & Spa. Located 30 minutes’ drive from the world-renowned whale watching haven of Hermanus, the region enjoys pure champagne air and quite possibly the most…

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Featured Tours in Whale CoastDiscover our tailor-made tours

Cape, West Coast & Whale Coast Self-Drive

Cape, West Coast & Whale Coast Self-Drive

Discover the best of South Africa on a self-drive in 14 days, exploring the most beautiful sights the African country has to offer. On your journey, you will pass through Cape Town, the West Coast, Cederberg, Breede River Valley and the Whale Coast. This safari has boutique hotels and lodges for ultimate comfort and pure luxury.

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Luxury Family Safari

Luxury Family Safari

Take your entire family away to explore the finest family-friendly destinations in South Africa. Cape Town is your starting point. After exploring the metropolis you’ll meander up the Whale Coast to explore the pristine stretch of coastline, flanked by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. End of your safari with the Big 5 at the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. This trip offers your family complete exclusivity, privacy and flexibility for a tailormade holiday of your dreams.

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Gondwana Game Reserve

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Go on…

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Hermanus

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

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Hazyview and White…

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Known for its…

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