12 September 2016
The Right Way to Whale Watch
Though better known for its geographic diversity, natural beauty and wildlife,
Every year, from July to November, the Southern Right whales migrate from the icy Antarctica to South Africa’s warmer waters to mate, calve and rear their
young. Not forgetting their sardine feasts! Unbeknown to them, these captivating creatures create spectacular acrobatic displays metres from the shore
that attract people from all over the world!
Distinguished by their large bodies, barnacled heads and beautiful blowholes, like every other whale species on the planet, they’re endangered!
Whale watching waters in SA run along our eastern coastline from Hermanus through to
Hermanus, the self-proclaimed Whale watching capital of the world, guarantees whale sightings during the months of September, October and November by land,
boat or scenic flight! With a painless and pretty scenic two-hour drive from
Half an hour from the madding crowds of Hermanus, nestled between mountain and sea, is the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Grootbos Lodge a deliriously
beautiful five star eco-paradise in Gaansbaai is a whale watching haven. An hour’s drive east of that, in yet another peaceful and pristine nature
reserve, is De Hoop. Home to one of the most uniquely located properties and frankly, one of our best kept South African secrets, Morukuru Ocean House
is obligatory if you’re heading out this way!
The last stop? Four hours’ drive from De Hoop is
These magnificent, majestic creatures that pay us a yearly visit are a reminder to set aside mankind’s insatiable needs, and endeavour to save our seas!
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