Every year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica, reaching Cape Town in June. They come to give birth to their calves in the relative safety of the sheltered bays of the Cape. Thereafter the coastal waters teem with the giant mammals as they mate, calve and rear their young. This presents spectacular whale watching opportunities. Visitors can witness displays of raw power and elegant acrobatics. By the end of December, the last of these enigmatic creatures head south, calves in tow, to return to the Antarctic.

The western half of False Bay, stretching from Strandfontein to Cape Point, is one of the finest boat-based whale watching sites in South Africa. This area is sheltered from the open ocean, surrounded by stunning views. It provides an ideal winter home for the whales and their young. Seeing these gigantic mammals alongside the boat is a unique experience. Be ready to photograph one breaching or offering you a friendly wave with its tail!

June – November only1 hour 30 minutes’ drive from CT
Potential to also see seals, penguins and dolphinsPotential to also see sharks, seals, penguins and dolphins
Maximum 12 PAX per boatMaximum 22 PAX per boat
Possible to incorporate into Full Day Peninsula TourPossible to incorporate into Full Day Hermanus Tour