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|Whale Watching Description
Around 90 mins from the centre of Cape Town is the seaside resort of Hermanus in Walker Bay. It is considered to be the best whale viewing from land in the world. A cliff path around the town hugs the coastline for about 12kms and offers unlimited opportunities to study these magnificent creatures. Just of the pathways from the rocky outcrops you can get within 20metres of whales cruising in the coves
The whale most frequently seen is the Southern Right Whale, so called as it is the "Right Whale" to catch for it's oil and baleen. Other whale species that have been seen are the Humpback and Bryde's whale. Many dolphins are also seen such as the endemic Heavyside dolphin together with the Bottlenose and Common dolphins.
Apart from land based whale watching, and since September 1998 it is now possible to do boat based whale watching from a limited number of operators in Hermanus. This industry is carefully regulated an experienced operators are allocated discrete areas.
Whales are normally seen starting in May in order to calf and mate in the shallow waters. Peak time for whales at any one time is October, many are still seen in November,tailing off in December. In recent years whales have been spotted from May and June onwards in the Mossel Bay ,Knysna and Plettenberg Bays. Whale watching in these bays are mainly from boats, you should check locally for any sightings.
Whale Festival-: Normally the 3rd week in September every year. Please visit the Hermanus website below for full details.
For further information about Hermanus and Whale watching & Festival please visit - www.hermanus.com OR www.whalefestival.co.za
HERMANUS WHALE CRUISES
For boat based whale watching, enquiries, bookings and contact details please visit www.hermanus-whale-cruises.co.za
BOAT TRIPS - FALSE BAY
1-: Whale watching trips are available with Dave Hurwitz, Cell-: 0027 (0) 83 257 7760 Leaves from Simonstown waterfront, around 2 / 3 hours.
2 -: Whale watching trips are also availble with Apex Predators, also featured in the Shark Watching Expeditions sub category.
TOP TIPS - Take sungalsses,sunblock,hat & camera always in summer months and if the weather is slightly inclement take showeproof and or warm coat as well. Binoculars are worthwhile if you have any