Whale watching season in South Africa begins in late winter in the month of July and usually goes through to the month of October in Spring. The Cape Town area and surrounds is one of the best locations in the world to view the Southern Right Whales coming to calf and nurture their offspring. Just about any stretch of coastline in the cape which has an ocean view guarantees you will spot at least one or two on most days between these months.
The town of Hermanus bustles during whale watching season in South Africa where they hold a festival every year to celebrate the arrival of these magnificent sea dwelling creatures. Hermanus is also home to the world’s only whale crier who has become quite an attraction for visitors and spends his time informing and educating people on the cliffs around this popular seaside town. Boat based whale watching is also available with tour operators offering daily trips out into the deep blue for tourists to get more up close and personal with these giants, get more information on these boat trips from the Hermanus harbour.
There are many interesting facts to be known about these magnificent giant fish. For instance, when they ‘breach’ (jump out of the water), they use the same amount of energy that a human uses in two days! There are lots of popular places to stay for those looking for accommodation in Hermanus and it is only a few hours drive from Cape Town itself. If you are planning a trip to this country between the months of July and October then be sure to make the whale watching season in South Africa part of your holiday itinerary.