Top Land Based Whale Watching Spots on the Cape Point Route

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.

Southern Right Whale. Photo: D Hurwitz

Southern Right Whale. Photo: D Hurwitz

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)
  • Binoculars
  • 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 

    Land based Whale Watching Simon's Town. Photo: D. Hurwitz

    Land based Whale Watching Simon’s Town. Photo: D. Hurwitz

Top 10 Land Based Whale Watching Spots on the Cape Point Route

Boyes Drive: gorgeous scenic, mountain pass between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.
Hot Tip: Look out for the shark spotters – they have the best view!

Kalk Bay: Often seen near the harbour and close to the rocky coastline
Hot tip: Walk the Muizenberg – St James walkway along the coastline.

Land Based Whale Watching - Fish Hoek. Photo: Allan Roy

Land Based Whale Watching – Fish Hoek. Photo: Allan Roy

Clovelly: At the northern side of Fish Hoek Bay – either from the beach or the mountainside.

Jager’s Walk: Fish Hoek – undulating coastal path between Fish Hoek Beach and Sunny Cove. The end of the walk is a favourite “hang-out” spot for Southern Right Whales

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.

Simon's Town Harbour. Whale Watching. Photo: D. Hurwitz

Simon’s Town Harbour. Whale Watching. Photo: D. Hurwitz

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.

Whales and ostriches! That's how close the whales get to shore. Photo: D. Hurwitz

Whales and ostriches! That’s how close the whales get to shore. Photo: D. Hurwitz

Misty Cliffs – Kommetjie: The road above Slangkoppunt Lighthouse has awesome views and excellent whale watching 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!

Typical land-based sighting. Photo: Cathy Withers-Clark

Typical land-based sighting. Photo: Cathy Withers-Clark

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) 

Whale Watching Hout Bay Photo: Colin Berger

Whale Watching Hout Bay Photo: Colin Berger

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