The well-named Cape Whale Coast runs from the hamlet of Rooi-Els to the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Backed by fynbos-covered mountains, this magnificent stretch of coastline is the winter playground for southern right whales. Every year, from June to November, whales gathered in these waters to calve and mate – putting on spectacular displays of breaching and tail slapping close to shore.
At the heart of the Whale Coast, the town of Hermanus has a well-earned reputation for the best land-based whale watching in the world! While outside of whale season there are still plenty of reasons to stay here: shark-cage diving, sunny afternoons on sandy beaches, you can hit the hiking trails or enjoy wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven-and-Earth) Valley. A great add-on to any Cape Town itinerary!