South Africa offers several excellent destinations for land-based whale watching as they come to calve and nurse their young. Indications are that double the 2022 numbers can be spotted 2023. Some of the best places to observe whales from the shore in South Africa include:
1. Hermanus: The town is widely considered one of the best whale watching destinations. It is particularly famous for its excellent opportunities to view southern right whales from the shore. It has dedicated whale-watching platforms along the cliffs, making it a top choice for land-based viewing. The Cliff path is included in our Hermanus Walk itinerary to explore the scenic beauty of the vibrant town over the course of four days.
2. De Hoop Nature Reserve: This coastal reserve, located a few hours from Cape Town, is another prime spot for whale watching. You can often see southern right whales and humpback whales from the shoreline. The Whale Coast Walk explores De Hoop Nature Reserve where these fascinating creatures can be spotted.
3. Plettenberg Bay: Along the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is known for its scenic coastline and occasional whale sightings. The viewpoints along Robberg Nature Reserve are excellent for observing whales in season. Our multi day Knysna Forest and Coastal Walks cover incredible coastal scenes and views, in addition to the mysterious beauty of giant yellowwood trees and a variety of vegetation.
4. False Bay: Located near Cape Town, False Bay is a diverse marine area where you can sometimes spot southern right whales and even great white sharks from the coast. Muizenberg and Simon’s Town are good spots for whale watching. Visit the most popular tourist destination in South Africa for a 5-day Cape Town Walk, which can include a guided tour to the most South-Western point of Africa and whale watching opportunities when in season.
These destinations provide excellent chances to witness the majestic marine giants of South Africa from the comfort of the land. Keep in mind that the best time for whale watching in South Africa is typically from June to November, when the whales migrate to the region’s waters.