Whale Route

The Whale Route, just up the west coast of Cape Town, is a stretch of coastline that offers a front-row seat to one of nature’s most remarkable spectacles: the annual migration of Southern Right whales.

Observe Majestic Whales in their Natural Habitat

The Whale Route provides an extraordinary opportunity to spot Southern Right whales as they make their way from the Antarctic Ocean to the warmer waters of the southern Cape annually where they mate and give birth. From June to November, these magnificent animals can be seen breaching, fluking, spy hopping, lobtailing, and playing in the ocean, offering onlookers a close-up glimpse of their immense size and graceful movements. Popular whale-watching spots include Hermanus, known as the whale-watching capital of the world where whales can be viewed from land or boat. Other coastal towns along the Whale Route include Gansbaai and De Kelders, which also offer excellent vantage points for whale watching. Seeing these precious marine animals in their natural environment is a memorable phenomenon.

Coastal Towns and Scenic Delights

The Southern Right whale migrates over 10,000 kilometres each year, arriving in the Cape waters in June and lingering there until November. The Whale Route not only offers incredible whale watching but also showcases the beauty of the South African Cape coastline and the coastal towns that dot the route, each with its unique character and attractions. Hermanus, with its scenic cliffside paths and bustling markets, is not only renowned for whale watching but also offers opportunities for beach walks, kayaking, cycling and exploring its art galleries and boutiques. The quaint village of Stanford invites visitors into a relaxed rural atmosphere, while Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans are said to meet.


The Whale Route is dotted with accommodation options, from luxury seaside hotels to private villas. Many have wonderful ocean views, some allowing you to view the whales from the comfort of your room.