Whale spotting in False Bay
False Bay, the best whale watching spot in Cape Town
The best whale watching spot in Cape Town is on the False Bay side of the Cape, where the water is warmer. The whales migrate here from mid-August to approximately mid-October. Along the coastal route are several lookout points where you can stop and take your binoculars to look for these enormous marine mammals. Tip: the whales are a lot easier to spot on days with little wind (when the seas are calmer).
Road between Gordon’s Bay and Rooiels
The beautiful beaches of Gordon’s Bay
The picturesque village of Gordon’s Bay with its magnificent beaches lies approximately halfway between Cape Town and Hermanus. The best time to spot whales here is between July and September. A great lookout point is Steenbrasdam, a wonderful picnic spot that also offers a great view of Gordon’s Bay. Gordon’s Bay is also on the beautiful Clarence Drive coastal route that runs all the way to Betty’s Bay – well worth the drive just for its large penguin colony.
Hermanus: a close-up look at the whales
The final destination of Hermanus is one of the best locations for watching whales from the shore and on the water. The whales are easily spotted from the viewpoints along the picturesque walking trail above the cliffs, sometimes no more than 25 metres from shore. Boat tours provide an even closer look. Every year in September Hermanus organizes the Whale Festival, an event that celebrates the migration of the whales with many concerts and culinary activities.