Top Five best whale-watching spots in the Western Cape

Top Five best whale-watching spots in the Western Cape
Monday, 03 June 2019 10:16

It’s Whale season in Cape Town, which means that the Southern Right Whales are migrating into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. This seasonal migration takes place during June- November, every year, with September usually being the peak period. 

Here are five of the best whale-watching spots in the Western Cape


Chapman’s Peak Drive 

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Chapman’s Peak Drive | Pixabay

Chapman’s Peak Drive is an excellent whale-watching spot in Cape Town. It happens to be one of the most spectacular coastal roads on the planet and runs between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. At #Chappies you will be able to experience a mountainside vantage viewing of the passing or calving whales. Keep a look out for Humpback whales, Brydes whales and dolphins too! 

Cape Agulhas

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The Cape Agulhas | Henri Steenkamp

The Cape Agulhas is known to be the perfect place for spotting the Humpback Whale. The Southern Right Whales are spotted along these shores, but not as frequently as the Humpback. If you’re timing is right, you may even spot some Orce’s on the coast.

De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve hoop whale watching

Image: De Hoop Collection

De Hoop is one of South Africa’s most diverse nature reserves, encompassing a mountain range , unspoilt beaches, towering sand dunes and a dreamy vlei. It is arguably the best land-based whale-watching destination in the Cape Whale Coast.


witsands whale watching

Whale Watchers Inn | Image- Inside Guide

Witsand is often referred to as the “Whale nursery of South Africa”, due to the pods of Southern Right Whales who migrate and calve in Saint Sebastian Bay. This town is well-known as a special place for land-based, whale-watching only.


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Image: Inside Guide

The fishing village of Gansbaai is the only South African Town that boasts the Big 2, namely the Great White Shark and the Southern Right Whales. You can enjoy a whale-watching experience on land or join a boat-based and aerial tour.

If you’re planning a trip to the Western Cape this holiday, book a vehicle with cheap car rental Cape Town to accommodate your travel plans around this glorious province.

Chapman’s Peak Drive Toll Plaza Office Hours:

The Toll Plaza is open Monday - Friday from 08h00 - 17h00 for registration as a Frequent User.
Address: Toll Plaza, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Plaza Tel: 021 791 8220

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About Chapman's Peak Drive

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

    Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as #Chappies.