One phenomenon iconic to Cape Town is its whales. For many years, individuals have been captivated by the sheer beauty of these magnificent creatures of the sea. While driving along the Whale Route, one can see the sprouts of water above the ocean surface as whales make their way from one point of the Cape Peninsula to the other. When their bodies break the surface of the ocean, it’s like nothing you have ever seen – thus making it the perfect tour item to enjoy during the months of August to December. While on this tour, you can choose to go on a whale viewing boat trip or if you want to experience nightlife in the area, you can
upgrade your day tour to an overnight stay!
Coastal scenic drive to whale route
The Whale Route, situated along the Overberg region, is where individuals get to experience whale sightings not found anywhere else in the country. With a total of five routes to pick from, you can choose which sights you want to see and where exactly you want to go. The coastal route will take you from Cape Town through Kogelsberg Biosphere Reserve. It is here where you can view over 1600 species of fynbos while enjoying ocean views and whale sightings. Along this route, you won’t just learn about whales and their curious behaviour, you’ll get to sightsee some of Cape Town’s best hidden natural flora gems.
Stopping in Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond
An hour before you reach Hermanus, Betty’s Bay is a stop you simply have to make in order to truly experience what the Whale Route has to offer. Situated between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond, this seaside village brings a fresh look at living a simple life. It is not uncommon to pass quite a few fishermen along the route; who always has a friendly smile or a kind word or two. Another popular attraction at Betty’s Bay is The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. This is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing bite to eat and while you’re here, you can even visit the penguin colony at Stony Point.
Before heading off to Hermanus, where the world’s best whale sightings can be enjoyed, you can make a stop in Kleinmond; a mere 20 minutes away! This little town holds a whole lot of adventure as you can choose from a wide variety of exhilarating adventures such as dune surfing, abseiling and river rafting. You can even try your luck at spotting the country’s only herd of wild horses galloping along the Botriver cuddling Kleinmond.
When arriving in Hermanus, you’ll notice that even though it makes an amazing holiday resort, the essence of a truly authentic fisherman’s village will always be at the forefront of this area. Known for being the world’s best whale sighting spots, Hermanus has grown tremendously over the last couple of years. With its long stretches of sandy beach, amazing culture and true spirit to protect the whales surrounding Cape Town, it’s no wonder tourists want to stay longer than anticipated!
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