South Africa - A perfect place to watch Whales.
South Africa boasts a unique selling point for whale watching; you don’t even need to leave the comfort of the shore to witness nature’s giants up close. The meeting point of two of the earth’s largest oceans is home to over 37 whales and dolphins, and is especially known for its great numbers of southern right whales. The town of Hermanus on the Western Cape overlooks Walker Bay, which for five months is the courting, breeding and nursing ground of the spectacular southern rights. Their incredible displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics are visible from the coastal paths which provide unparalleled and spectacular land-based viewing. The Western Cape also offers a great chance of seeing humpback, minke, Bryde's and on rare occasions killer whales. A trip further out to sea increases the chance of seeing whales, and they are also visible from land along the Cape Peninsula and down the south coast to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa.

Where is it?
South Africa is at the southern tip of Africa, at the converging point of the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. The country’s shores cover several migratory routes of various whale species.

Best time to visit?
The famous southern right whales are easily visible from June to November, but visit during July and August for peak calving season. Humpback whales are present from May to December, while Bryde’s whales are visible all year round.


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