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IImagine looking out across the Atlantic Ocean from the boardwalk and you spot a dark figure gliding through the surf in front of you. As more start to appear, you realise that this is your first sighting of a pod of Southern Right whales. Every year they come into the Cape waters to give birth between June and October. A more special and moving sight is hard to come by, and seeing these large animals so up close and personal will forever be implanted in your memory.
The Cape Whale Route is the perfect outdoor family adventure. On this route, you’ll check-in to charming towns like Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Pringle Bay, Stanford and Gansbaai. The route offers some of the best land-based whale watching spots on the planet, but it doesn’t stop there.
TThe road trip from Betty’s Bay, along the coast towards the other towns on the Cape Whale Route, is an idyllic experience, with the Atlantic Ocean on the one side and mountainous Fynbos terrain on the other. The Fynbos in this region is the epitome of unique as most species exist nowhere else on earth. Travellers will pass through several quaint villages in between the more established towns.
Cape Whale Route, Western Cape
HHermanus is the largest town along the Cape Whale Route, boasting excellent accommodation, restaurants and adventure activities. This beautiful little nook has become particularly famous for its whale watching, so the annual Hermanus Whale Festival is a must-do event.
If you are interested in knowing more about these gentle giants of the sea, there are a number of tour operators specialising in whale-watching boat tours. Once you’ve seen some whales, it’s time to step it up a notch with one of the many additional activities on offer, including hiking, shark-cage diving, sea kayaking, quad biking, parasailing and horse riding.
IIf golf is more your thing, there are also several golf courses along the Cape Whale Route. Arabella Country Club is famed for its pristine fairways and luxury infrastructure, while the Hermanus Golf Course has become one of the most popular courses in Africa. It offers 27 breathtaking holes and a variety of challenges for golfers of all levels.
Whatever you’re searching for, the Cape Whale Route certainly offers more than just whales. Restaurants, towns, scenic beauty and adventure will keep you busy throughout. This special route has something for everyone and can be considered a once in a lifetime holiday.