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Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town - Cape Town, South Africa
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Duration: 8 hours
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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$79.43

Take this opportunity to go whale watching from one of the best land based viewing spots in the world, Hermanus. From July to November the Southern Right Whale comes to breed in this seaside town, just outside of Cape Town ... More info ›

Take this opportunity to go whale watching from one of the best land based viewing spots in the world, Hermanus. From July to November the Southern Right Whale comes to breed in this seaside town, just outside of Cape Town. You will also have time time to explore the fishing and holiday town of Hermanus and stop for a wine-tasting.

Nestled between magnificent mountains and the Indian ocean, Hermanus offers some of the best shore-based whale-watching opportunities in the world. Every year the Southern Right Whales return to the waters off the cliffs of Hermanus to mate and breed, as they favor the shallows waters. You are also likely to experience close sightings of whales and also possibly seals and dolphins.

You will also have have the opportunity to wander around the town of Hermanus, and visit its boutique shops, art and craft studios and and stop for lunch (at own expense). You can also take the option of a boat ride for some sea-based whale watching (own expense).

For the return, you will stop briefly for for a wine tasting, before following the beautiful coastal road around False Bay and back to Cape Town. If there is time, you will stop at Stoney Point and see some African penguins amongst the rocks. You may even have the opportunity to see further sightings of whales along the coastal road.

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Whale Watching from Hermanus

Whale Watching from Hermanus - Hermanus, South Africa
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Duration: 2 hours
Location: Hermanus, South Africa

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$61.10

Boat based Whale Watching provides a safe, fun filled and unforgettable close-up viewing experience of the seasonal breeding and calving behaviors of the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) in Walker Bay, Hermanus, South Africa. Whale watching between June and December ... More info ›

Boat based Whale Watching provides a safe, fun filled and unforgettable close-up viewing experience of the seasonal breeding and calving behaviors of the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) in Walker Bay, Hermanus, South Africa. Whale watching between June and December. Hermanus is a 90min drive from Cape Town.

Take advantage of the unique whale watching opportunity aboard the Unathi from Hermanus. Designed specifically to enhance your whale watching enjoyment. Sail on a this spacious 36-seater, 15m(49ft.) catamaran with retractable windows for comfort . Come as close as 50m(164ft.) to these magnificent mammals. Watch as they approach, dive or carry on with their mating activities. Get a bird's eye view from the top deck, which is ideal for picture taking.

Tours run daily between the months of June and December. Witness the mating habits of these amazing mammals between June and August. Swimming in groups of eight males for every female makes it an extraordinary sight. Be touched by the heart-warming sight of the newborn calves and their mothers during the last part of the season.

Departures throughout the day for your convenience. Check in 30-minutes prior to departure time. Receive a brief orientation about safety instructions, sea conditions and marine life to be encountered. Be fitted with a life jacket upon boarding. Enjoy refreshments during this two hour whale watching cruise.

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Whale Watching from Gansbaai

Whale Watching from Gansbaai - Gansbaai, South Africa
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Duration: 2 hours
Location: Gansbaai, South Africa

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$91.65

Jump on board for a spectacular 2-hour whale watching experience along the cliffs of De Keldar. Watch Southern right whales and other marine life as they swim amongst you ... More info ›

Jump on board for a spectacular 2-hour whale watching experience along the cliffs of De Keldar. Watch Southern right whales and other marine life as they swim amongst you. Enjoy the experience in full, as the boat is never overcrowded for the best experience.

Launch from the quaint fishing harbour of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Keldar’s. There, you will find a nature reserve that has been proven to hold the highest concentration of whales in South Africa. The shallow waters allow the whales to mate and protect their calves.

The whales you can expect to see are known as Southern right whales. Similar to the North Atlantic and North Pacific right whales, they are considered different due to the shape of their skulls. Along the way, keep a look out for dolphins, caper fur seals, and sharks. You may also witness humpback, Minke, and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Finally, catch a glimpse at beautiful Orcas, False killer whales, and the African penguin.

Return back to the harbour at the end of your boating adventure.

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Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai

Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai - Gansbaai, South Africa

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Gansbaai, South Africa

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$57.28

Join the team for what will undoubtedly be a memorable 2 hour Big 5 Sea Safari. The goal is to target Walker Bays Big 5, Whales, Dolphin, Seals, Penguin and Marine Birds.

You depart from the harbour of Gansbaai and cruise along the scenic route passing the cliffs of De Kelders and De Platt Beach ... More info ›

Join the team for what will undoubtedly be a memorable 2 hour Big 5 Sea Safari. The goal is to target Walker Bays Big 5, Whales, Dolphin, Seals, Penguin and Marine Birds.

You depart from the harbour of Gansbaai and cruise along the scenic route passing the cliffs of De Kelders and De Platt Beach. Observe the stunning coast line, contrasting white beach's with the blue skies and chameleon waters that stretch for miles from Gansbaai to Hermanus, you then set course and head out into the middle of the bay in search of the Big 5.

Bottlenose Dolphin are often seen on these trips and if you are lucky enough to encounter a school this is the time to grab the zoom lens as Dolphins love to entertain and it’s a photographer’s paradise.

On your return to Gansbaai harbour you'll pay more attention to Danger point, this is often where you'll find the resident Bryde's whales of the area.Bryde’s whales are hunters and feed on wide variety of fish, mackerel is common to the waters as well as planktonic, crustaceans, and cephalopods. Bryde's whales have an upright, falcate dorsal fin that is up to 46.25 cm (18.21 in) in height, averages 34.4 cm (13.5 in), and is usually between 30 and 37.5 cm (11.8 and 14.8 in). It is often frayed or ragged along its rear margin and located about two-thirds of the way along the back.

On your journey your crew will educate you on all aspects of marine life, with a qualifying Marine Biologist and a Skipper with over 15 years experience there is a wealth of knowledge for you to tap. 

Finally you must not forget the past, Danger Point is also famous as this is where the British iron paddle-wheel frigate HMS Birkenhead, weighing 1400 tons, was tragically lost.  This stretch of water has earned its reputation by default, this Big 5 Sea Safari is dependent on the water conditions at danger point, if the water conditions for this area will not deliver a memorable experience your trip may be switch to a Walker Bay Big 5 Safari as we must respect this stretch of water.

Big 5 Sunset Sea Safari – Cheese & Wine Trip

** All the above with complimentary cheese and wine **

Admire the beautiful coastline, spot the local Oceans big 5 while you sit back and sample a selection of locally produced fine cheese and wine.

Enjoy sampling a platter of cheese produced by the Klein River cheese factory. The factory can be found nestled on the banks of the Klein River, surrounded by lush green hills and mountains. They use Jersey and Ayrshire milk collected from 2 neighbouring farms to produce a selection of 13 types of cheese.

Taste a selection of wine from the Raka wine estate. The Raka brand was named after Piet Dreyer's black fishing vessel. Piet's first love has always been the sea. For some 36 years he braved the storms and challenges of the coast, ever in search of the best catch. It is with the same passion that the Dreyer family now pursue the art of wine making.

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Full-Day Private Whale Watching, Penguin Viewing and Wine Tasting Panoramic Tour from Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl

Full-Day Private Whale Watching, Penguin Viewing and Wine Tasting Panoramic Tour from Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl - Stellenbosch, South Africa

Duration: 9 hours
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

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$193.22

This private tour for couples or small groups takes you to the town of Hermanus..From Stellenbosch we take the beautiful Hell's Hoogte Pass to Franschhoek and thereafter include a town drive.Franschhoek Mountain Pass follows. Viljoens.Pass is next but not before we drive around the enormous Theewaterskloof Dam supplying Cape Town with water.We are now in our apple growing area.

As we carry on we need to watch out for our National Bird, the Blue Crane ... More info ›

This private tour for couples or small groups takes you to the town of Hermanus..From Stellenbosch we take the beautiful Hell's Hoogte Pass to Franschhoek and thereafter include a town drive.Franschhoek Mountain Pass follows. Viljoens.Pass is next but not before we drive around the enormous Theewaterskloof Dam supplying Cape Town with water.We are now in our apple growing area.

As we carry on we need to watch out for our National Bird, the Blue Crane. After driving along little holiday towns we reach Hermanus.We allow enough time for whale watching from the rocks.Lunch time(own account) is allowed whereafter we head for one of the beautiful wine estates for a wine tasting.The road back is along the stunning coastline of False Bay.In the town of Betty's Bay we turn off to the ocean to see the African Penguin in its natural habitat. The scenic drive carries on for 8 further kilometres . Drop off in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl is around 18h00.

Departure in Paarl is 08:00, Stellenbosch 08:45 and Franschhoek 09h30. Leaving from Stellenbosch the beautiful Hells'Hoogte Pass awaits us as we find our way to Franschhoek. The Paarl departure takes us along the route allowing us to see the statue of ex president Nelson Mandela in front of the prison from where he was released in February 1990. We conduct a small Franschhoek drive and as we climb the mountain we make a picture stop.As we meander down the pass, we see the hugh theewaterskloof Dam in the distance. The dam supplies Cape Town with water.

We now enter one of our major apple production areas.The beauty does not stop. We approach another spectacular mountain Pass.
As we descend the many wheat and canola fields can be seen in the distance - yellow everywhere when it is in bloom. At this point the road takes us along hundreds of apple orchards which  contribute to the beauty of the surroundings. We must now keep our eyes peeled for the Blue Crane, the South African National bird to be found in this area.

After about 30 minutes,we enter the town of Hermanus in Walker Bay. Hermanus is known as our "Whale Capital" After an orientation drive we stop at a popular "whale stop" the popular sight to watch whales from the rocks.Whale watching is from the rocks. Some days we see whales just a few metres from the shore.Time will be aloud to take enough pictures or you can even visit the craft market closeby. Lunchtime follows.(own account)

After lunch we drive to one of the beautiful wine estates in the area to appreciate and sample their excellent wines. This is followed by a drive to the town of Betty's  where we stop for tea at Harold Porter Botanical Garden(time permitting). Now we carry on to the coastline to see the African Penguin in it's natural habitat. After allowing time to take enough pictures we carry on via the towns of Pringle Bay and Rooiels and join the Atlantic coastline again. This drive, known as Clarence Drive is along the coastline of False Bay- one of the most spectacular drives in South Africa. On a sunny day we can even spot Cape of Good Hope on the opposite side.

The beautiful town of Gordon's Bay follows. The town forms part of the naval base with Simonstown, across the bay, forming the other part of the base - Boulders beach in Simonstown is also the place where the African Penguins can be viewed. The road now takes us to Somerset West whereafter we enter the Stellenbosch Winelands.and carry on for the town for drop off, should the clients stay in Stellenbosch. Those who stay in Franschhoek will now get the opportunity to do the Hell's Hoogte pass followed by their drop off in the town. Paarl drop off follows next. The drop offs will be around 18h00.

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Private Tour: Whale Watching Day Tour to Hermanus from Cape Town

Private Tour: Whale Watching Day Tour to Hermanus from Cape Town  - Cape Town, South Africa

Duration: 9 hours
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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$173.90

This private 9-hour seasonal guided tour for couples, families or small groups traveling together takes you to the town of Hermanus in Walker Bay. Hermanus is known as the "Whale Capital" of South Africa (August to October) ... More info ›

This private 9-hour seasonal guided tour for couples, families or small groups traveling together takes you to the town of Hermanus in Walker Bay. Hermanus is known as the "Whale Capital" of South Africa (August to October). The Southern Right Whales migrate to the coastal waters of South Africa from the Antarctic to calve and nurse their young. These mammals, only a few feet from the shore, provide an unsurpassed whale watching opportunity. This tour includes a panoramic drive along two stunning mountain passes to Hermanus, as well as along the coast of False Bay, one of the most beautiful drives in South Africa. On the way back an African penguin colony is visited followed by a spectacular mountain drive on the way to Cape Town.

We leave Cape Town at 8am and head for the picturesque Hottentots Holland Mountain Range. We pass the beautiful town of Somerset West (and Gordon's Bay in view on the foothills of the mountain) and take on the awesome Sir Lowry's Pass from where we will have a stunning view over False Bay, Cape Town and Table Mountain in the distance. A short coffee stop is taken on the mountain after driving along the beautiful apple orchards of 'Apple Country.'

The mountain pass of Houwhoek now follows, where after we descend and see the quaint little town of Botriver below and the outstretched wheat and canola fields in the distance. Next is the fisherman's town of Hawston and then we drive into the town of Hermanus for whale watching from the rocks. An orientation tour follows along the coastline before we stop on the square known for rock based whale watching. With so many restaurants and craft markets on the square the client can even grab a take-away lunch and watch the whales while enjoying it.

After lunch and enough time for whale watching we return via the panoramic False Bay Coastal Drive. In Betty's Bay we turn off and drive to Stoney Point to see the hundreds of African penguins in their natural habitat, the beach. We then carry on with this spectacular Clarence Drive drive, Rooiels and Gordon's Bay and join the main highway to take us back to Cape Town. Arrival in Cape Town is at approximately 5pm.

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