It’s almost Whale Season!

It’s nearly whale season in Cape Town and the Cape Point Route happens to have some of the best land based and boat based whale watching opportunities on the planet. The whales usually start arriving from the end of May (although we saw our first whale today!)and remain in the region up until the end of November. Peak months are September-October.

Photo: D. Hurwitz

http://www.awhaleofaheritageroute.co.za/whales.htm

Most of the whales seen in the area are Southern Right Whales although other less commonly seen whales include Bryde’s Whales, Humpback Whales and Killer Whales (Orca). The whales use the coastal waters of the south-western Cape coast (including False Bay and the Atlantic coastline) as calving and nursery grounds and can be seen just a few metres from the shore.  The Muizenberg to Simon’s Town section of False Bay provide outstanding whale watching opportunities and in many instances you can sit on the balcony of your guest house and watch a whale breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping,  logging or blowing!

Photo: D. Hurwitz

Photo: D. Hurwitz

Many visitors to Cape Town think that the whales only visit Hermanus, which is 1 ½ hours drive from central Cape Town.  However in less than 30 minutes from Cape Town Central you can be watching whales from numerous spots along the Cape Point Route.  If you don’t believe us… check out the whale sighting logs from 2007 – 2011 for proof! If you see a whale please call the WHALE HOTLINE on 079 391 2105 which is run by a Whale of a Heritage Route.

Cape Point Route recommends booking  a whale weekend now as accommodation becomes very popular as we get into the season – so beat the rush and ensure you get to see these giants of the sea – a spectacular sight that many folk only dream of experiencing.

Whale Watching Boat Trips:
This is the chance to get up close and personal with these gigantic and magnificent mammals.  Have your cameras ready to photograph a Southern Right Whale breaching of waving its’ tail! A licensed boat operator that has the sole permit for boat-based whale watching in western part of False Bay leaves Simon’s Town harbour daily at 10h30 and 14h00 (weather dependent and subject to minimum numbers).  Read More….

Look at this video of us on a Whale Watching Boat Trip!

ACCOMMODATION:

Whale Watchers Self-catering Apartments:  Muizenberg

See the whales from your balcony at this beachfront accommodation. They are running a Whale of a Special – pay for 3 nights and get the 4th night free.  This wonderful whale special is valid from 15 May – 15 August 2012. Apartments are self-catering and range from 2-6 sleeper apartments. Read More…

 

 

Mariner GuestHouse: Simon’s Town

A fabulous Whale and Wine package for 2 adult sharing is just R1995 and includes 2 nights B&B at Mariner Guest House with a bottle of bubbly on arrival, a Simon’s town Harbour Boat trip and a wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards. Valid for October and November 2012. Read More… 

 

A Whale of A Time: Fish Hoek

Whales frolic in the surf below you and again you get to choose from various self-catering apartments with private decks. All the apartments are tiered so you can be sure to see the whales form each apartment. Read More… 

 

Whale View Manor:  Simon’s Town

As the name suggests, this is one of the best whale viewing accommodation establishments.  There are 6 sea facing rooms and an expansive dining and lounge area with massive glass windows that have uninterrupted views of the ocean and cruising whales. And add a spa treatment to your whale experience! Read More…

 

Oceans Echo:  Fish Hoek

This luxurious 5 bed roomed villa has 360 degree panoramic sea views, allowing you to be intimate with the ocean and it is not uncommon to hear the haunting echo’s of a whale’s song at night! Watch whales in style with a group of friends or 2-3 families. There’s space! Read More.. 

 

Cape Point Route offers day tourspackagesaccommodationactivities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula. Call                                     021 782 9356                   or visit the website www.capepointroute.co.za

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