Winter in South Africa means something very exciting…whale season has arrived. This article gives you the ins and outs of this wonderful season which runs from July till November.
One of the most popular whale watch destinations of South Africa is Hermanus, a small coastal village just 120 kilometres from Cape Town. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recognized Hermanus as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world. You can spot the whales by boat or if you are a bit more adventurous jump in a kayak for a really unique opportunity to watch the whales. If you don’t really like being on the water, don’t be sad! Hermanus is considered to be the world’s best land-based whale watching place! The whales often come in really close to the shore with their calves.
There are three different types of whales that frequent this area. The Southern Right Whale, the Humpback Whale and the Bryde’s Whale. The whales migrate from the cold waters off Antarctica to warmer waters and they usually reach South Africa around June, some reach our warmer water earlier some reach it later. The whales come to South Africa to mate and to calve. The males leave first and later the females with their new-borns. The calves first have to get stronger and fatter to survive the journey back to the Antarctic.
Do you want to see these amazing creatures for yourself? Book your whale watching tour today!