Whales and Dolphins

The southern winter and spring months (July to November) in South Africa and the near-shore waters along the coastline of the Western Cape correspond to the period and location when and where hundreds of Southern Right Whales (Eubalaena australis) meet every year to give birth, mate and rest before migrating south into the plankton-rich Southern Ocean again.

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South Africa is recognised as one of the best destinations worldwide for its shore- and boat-based Whale Watching. We will be able to observe Whales every day during our walks along the rocky shores or even from our guesthouses, especially the one in De Kelders overlooking Walker’s Bay and Hermanus, renown as the world capital for Whale Watching.

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Other whale species can potentially also be observed especially during our boat excursions: Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), Minke Whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and Bryde’s Whales (Balaenoptera edeni). Encounters with Dolphins are quite common as well, several species can be observed at times: short-beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis), Indo-Pacific humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) and Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates).

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