Whale season in Cape Town runs any time from June – November every year. The whales, which spend the winter feeding on plankton in Antarctic waters, come up to the relatively warmer waters of the southern Atlantic to calve and breed. The coastal waters of the Western Cape are ideal for calving and nursing their young, which means these gentle giants are often metres from the shore and provide an incredible whale watching opportunities.
False Bay tends to have slightly better viewing but sightings can be equally spectacular on the Atlantic Coastline. The great news is that the Cape Point Route viewing spots are approximately 40 minutes from Cape Town City Centre rather than the 2 hour journey to Hermanus.
What You Need for Whale Watching in Cape Town
- A warm jacket (the wind can be chilly)
- A good camera
- Know your whales- which whale is which?
- Know your whale behaviour – what to look for!
- Read the whale information boards at various spots on the Cape Peninsula
Top 10 Land Based Whale Watching Spots on the Cape Point Route
Glencairn Beach: Around the corner from Sunny Cove, sheltered bay with good sightings- the whales often hang out at the boulders in the northern corner of the beach.
Boulders – Smitzwinkelbaai – Simon’s Town This stretch of coastline including Froggy Pond and Murdoch Valley is excellent for whale watching – quite often you get good acrobatic displays as they move along the coastline.
Cape Point Nature Reserve: Rugged rocks, sheer cliffs and an elevated vantage point makes the reserve a great spot for whale watching. The Cliff view at Rooikrantz is one of the best spots.
Chapman’s Peak Drive: One of the most spectacular coastal roads on the planet running between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Amazing views of Hout Bay and all the way to Kommetjie. Mountainside vantage viewing!
Llundudno on the northern side of Hout Bay and the road to Bantry Bay has some worthwhile viewing spots if the whales are close to shore so keep your eyes peeled for a whale blow, then stop!
Cape Point Route loves Whales (& penguins)
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