During the winter months, one of the best day trips from Cape Town is to the Cape Overberg coast with Hermanus at its centre. Known for some of the best land-based whale watching in the world, Walker Bay in Hermanus has low cliffs that provide excellent vantage points from which to get close to whales – often they swim within metres of the shore.
It is worth taking the spectacular coastal route to Hermanus, from Gordon’s Bay along Clarence Drive to Rooiels and Betty’s Bay, and onward to Kleinmond. From there, the road veers inland for a while, before passing the beautiful Bot River Lagoon and turn-offs to smaller coastal resorts, such as Onrus, before arriving in Hermanus. Along the way, it’s possible to see whales at the old whaling slipway at Stony Point near Betty’s Bay, off the coast at Kleinmond, Onrus and De Kelders.
Between July and November each year, southern right whales migrate along the coast from the cold South Atlantic Ocean to the warmer waters off the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. Humpback whales migrate through the region between May and December.
A quick guide to the two species of whale, and how to tell them apart:
Decoding whale behaviour:
The array of coastal villages and Cape South Coast wine region offers great restaurants and wine tastings for a perfect day trip.
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