It is whale season and what better way to watch these magnificent ocean giants than on a weekend away in an accommodation establishment with views of the ocean. Many of these Cape Town bed and breakfasts, hotels and guesthouses allow you the visitor to watch whales from your bed or from the balcony. Picture yourself sipping a glass of wine as a whale breaches in front of you!
Whale Watching Tips:
- Click here for whale surfacing behaviour (breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping etc)
- Click here to identify which whale is which (Southern rights, Humpbacks, Brydes whales)
- Click here for the Top land based whale watching spots on the peninsula
- Click here for whale watching boat trips.
Here are a few of the Cape Point Route’s Top Accommodation Spots for whale watching:
SEAHAVEN BEACH VILLA: Kommetjie
Kommetjie is one of the Cape Point Route’s secret gem’s and Sea Haven Beach Villa is a gem within a gem! With a beach front location, uninterrupted sea views – you don’t get more relaxed with better whale watching than this! You can watch the whales form the lounge – dining room entertainment which is all open plan, or you can watch whales from the first floor decks or the lower sun deck or even while you are standing at the braai!
Self catering home with 3 large double bedrooms
Sleeps 6 with a max of 10 (sleeper couch)
Gourmet kitchen and lounge/entertainment area
Outside showers | secluded garden courtyard | Lush front garden
Rate: From R1800 – R3600 per night for 6 guests. ENQUIRE NOW
This 5 star stately seaside retreat, built over 100 years is grandeur and charm rolled into one. The suites are magnificent and you will feel as though you are living in the opulent times of a bygone era. One of the biggest attractions is the whale watching opportunities in season from your suite or from the front of the property. The pool is tucked away in a sheltered spot at the back and you can even whale watching from there! Breakfast and all beverages are inclusive and dinners and lunches can be arranged. In fact anything can be arranged and almost any amenity or service you can dream is included or possible! The only unknown is the whales themselves! More…
6 suites: 2 classic suites, 2 deluxe suites, 1 superior double and 1 standard twin.
Laundry service | Residents Bar | Wireless Internet
Bespoke Amenities | Private Room Safe
Rate until end of Sept 2011: From R2 100 – R3 100 per person sharing. ENQUIRE NOW
St James Seaforth like its’ seaside sister, the St James Manor, is a 5 star ocean getaway that is old and grand with glorious views over False Bay and a prime whale watching position. The Farmer SuiTe and Meikles Suite have the best whale watching views from the bedroom, but I personally prefer chilling in the lounge and patio area for my whale spotting! More..
Swimming pool | Secure parking | Laundry service | Bar Facilities | Gym
Fully equipped kitchen for self catering – rent the entire House!
Rate until end of September 2011: From R1950 per person sharing. ENQUIRE NOW
WHALE VIEW MANOR: Simon’s Town
As the name suggests this has to be one of the finest accommodation spots to watch whales. Located on the southern side of Simon’s Town, Whale View Manor is tucked betweenthe mountains and Fisherman’s Beach. Not only does Whale View Manor have a wide expansive view of the bay through the massive glass windows in the dining area and lounge area, but the front 6 sea facing rooms all have fantastic views too. Whale View Manor has 10 rooms in total, each uniquely decorated with treasured furnishings, and if you are not admiring the decor, enjoying the hospitality and the service or wandering in a daze from your spa treatment, you might even have time to do some whale watching. More…
10 rooms: 6 sea facing, 4 mountain facing
Dining Room also available for functions, dinners for groups of 6 or more or even high tea!
Shaya Moyo Day Spa- facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and massage.
Rates until April 2012: R595 – R695 per person sharing ENQUIRE NOW
THE WINSTON: Simon’s Town
Oh we do like to be beside the sea! The Winston is a 4 star guest house with 4 Bedrooms (including 2 family suites). They are spacious, Cape Cod style with Victorian bathrooms…. and big glass sliding doors that open onto the patio and entertainment area … with full views of Simon’s Bay and its seasonally resident whales! The expansive sea beckons and it’s worth taking binoculars to get close up views of the Southern Rights and Humpbacks in breaching action. More..
Breakfast Included | Internet | Laundry service | outside pool deck | Library
Rate: R495 – R750 per person Enquire Now
A WHALE OF A TIME: Fish Hoek
This is cocktail sipping stuff as the whales frolic in the bay below you. There are various self catering apartments with private decks and fully equipped kitchenettes. All apartments overlook the sea and there is a shared swimming pool. The apartments are tiered so the whale views are great from each apartment and the location is right above Sunny cove – one of the favourite calving spots!
Self-catering | Fully equipped kitchenettes
Communal Swimming pool | Daily housekeeping
Rate Per Apartment: Ranges from R495 – R2400 per apartment. ENQUIRE NOW
WHALE WATCHERS APARTMENTS: Muizenberg
Unsurprisingly these luxury self catering apartments have great whale watching views but do ask for the sea facing apartments. The apartments range from 2 – 6 sleeper apartments and as they are located right on the beach front, are incredibly popular especially with families and surfers and whale watchers! More..
Stunning Views | Fully equipped apartments
Cleaning service | Secure Parking
Rate Range: from R450 – R2650 per apartment based on size, season and location! Enquire Now
Cape Point Route can assist with all accommodation reservations of these and other properties. Please note this list is not fully comprehensive and there are many additional establishments with great views of whales from the property. Please ask us! 021 782 9356