Although the southern right whale migration season of july november is the best known and most numerous, humpbacks are found here for much of the year and brydes are yearround visitors. Africa s top ten whale and dolphinwatching destinations. Southern right charters offers boatbased whale watching tours from the new harbour in hermanus, the capital of. Best whale watching in south africa hermanus yellow zebra.
Blog whale watching season in south africa hotspots2c. Hermanus is known for its sightings, but the whales dont always show. In season, from june to november, the 65 km whale route along the greater mossel bay coastline is superbly suited to view whales. There are other runsmexico, philippines, even the fjords of norwaybut this is the run, the one run to.
A complete guide to where to see the whales during the whale season in south africa and what you. Any diver seeking lifechanging adventure has heard of south africa s sardine run. Numerous whalewatching trips depart the harbor every few hours in season. A 2hour whale watching trip in walker bay south africas bay of whales big 5 sea safari trip info. Catch an allnew episode saturday at 98c on bbc america. Whale watching season, boat trips in hermanus, south africa. Visit the most iconic destination for whale watching in the world, hermanus in south africa boasts an array of southern right whales from june to october. Best whale watching in south africa hermanus yellow. The high cliffs of the western cape provide an ideal vantage point for the seasonal whale watching of southern right whales and the seaside town of hermanus holds its annual whale festival in september in celebration of all things cetacean.
The annual migration of our big blue friends has arrived and were ready for some serious whale watching, are you. New south wales national parks and wildlife took an active role in 2010 during the peak southern whale watching season between may and november with the launch of its whale watching site. The southern right whale migrate to our area to mate and give birth, choosing the sheltered sandy bays to calve. Nothing prepares you for your first whale and the impact that seeing it has upon you.
The best time for whale watching in south africa is from june until october. You do not need to venture into the ocean to see the massive mammals. Whale watching in south africa all the info african budget safaris. Whale watching season in hermanus is june to late nov each year. Generally the trip last 2 hrs, but can be longer depending on how quickly we find the whales. Sep 18, 2017 whale, whale, whale, what have we here. The annual migration of our big blue friends has arrived and were ready for some serious whale watching. Whales and dolphins are some of the most spectacular species on the planet, and encountering them in the wild is an enriching and often emotional experience. There is no better place in the world to go on an ocean safari than in africa, particularly south africa with its incredible whale watching. Southern right whales june to november is wha le season for the southern rights. Some whales migrate latitudinally north south, some move between onshore and offshore areas, and some do both. Today they do not attract quite the level of whale activity as towns further east, but come they still do. One of the most exciting and celebratory events is the annual passing of whales along the coastline of south africa. Peak calving season is july and august, but whales can be seen.
Yes the big 5, table mountain, and a spectacular flower season, but this month we celebrate the whale season in south africa and the gentle giants of the sea as they grace our coastlines with their presence. Climate changes, water temperature, depth, salinity, topography of the sea floor and the biggest, abundance of food, all plays a major roll in these events. There is something so magical about seeing these enormous creatures breaching, tailslapping. During whale season is the ideal time to explore the south african coasts, taking in its spectacular views and quaint little towns, and witness the migration of the humpback, brydes and southern right whales. A whale is often seen lobtailing along the coastline of south africa. Or the big whales, such as finbacks and blue whales. This fishing town is one of the best places in the world for shorebased whale watching, ideal for those who prefer to stay on dry land. The three types of whales that are most often spotted in south africa are the southern right whale, the humpback whale and the bryde whale. At the southern tip of africa, where two of the worlds greatest oceans converge, a total experience of land, sea and the rainbow culture of the western cape offer you the most exciting land based whale watching venues in the world. Here is the best time to go whale watching in south africa for each of the different whale species. False bay, cape towns peninsula during the late 1800s and 1900s false bay and table bay had thriving whaling stations, there were so many whales in the bays. Western cape coast to st lucia kwazulunatal, south africa. Outside of whale season there is still a lot to be seen on any marine tour.
Off the coast of kaikoura lives a stable population of sperm whales. When is the calving season the wildebeest migration calving season generally starts in february. The species that you are most likely to spot while whale watching in cape town, south africa, is the southern right whale, spy hopping at you from the depths beneath on their annual migration. Situated in a world heritage site makes it a uniquely desirable destination especially during the whale watching season where we can see a number of whale species visiting the south african shores, including the humpback whale and the. Ocean blue adventures offers visitors to plettenberg bay, on south africas renowned garden route coastline, an opportunity to experience the best the bay has to offer whether your interest is in the prolific marine life, the spectacular landscapes or the lives of the local community. June to november is whale season for the southern rights. Where to whale watch in south africa fodors travel guide. Nov 05, 2017 compilation of footage taken during the 2017 whale season in hermanus, south africa. South africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine wildlife, including whales, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins yearround. One of the reasons we went to south africa in september, is because we wanted to go during whale season. Migration is the seasonal movement of animals from one place to another.
The best time to go whale watching in south africa pembury. Hermanus also has two boatbased whale watching operators. Many species of whales migrate from feeding grounds to breeding grounds some traveling long distances that may amount to thousands of miles. Southern right charters offers boatbased whale watching tours from the. South africa is wellknown as one of the best destinations worldwide for watching whales. Whales and dolphins cetacea can be divided into two major groups or suborders. Aug 26, 20 theres no better place than south africa to witness the. The southern right whale has made hermanus, south africa one of the world centers for whale watching. Dolphin species to be found in south africa include bottlenose, humpback, common and dusky dolphins see whales and dolphins of south africa. Baleen whales mysticetes are distinctive for having two blowholes and whalebone baleen plates hanging from the roof of the mouth to filter food.
The best time for watching the southern right whale in south african waters. At least 37 species of whales and dolphins can be found in the waters off south africa, and is. When the weather becomes colder, the food start to scarce and whales migrate to warmer water for mating and breeding. South ari atoll in the maldives, is one of the premium sites for whale shark spotting. During the winter and spring, they are found in their coastal mating and calving grounds. Whale watching along the coast of south africa one will undoubtedly enjoy spectacular water acrobatic displays. Hermanus whale watching in south africa, cape town near.
Hermanus is renowned as the whale watching capital of south africa. Most sightings happen from july to october and, as the whales tend to come very. If you make it all the way south to chile, you have pretty good chances to meet the mighty blue whales around the. One of the most commonly sighted species is the spectacular southern right whale, which can grow up to 15m in length and is a deep, charcoal colour. Whale watching trips june to december our whale watching trips take place from june to december however, should the whales change their migration schedule arrive early and leave later we will adjust our schedule accordingly. The whaling season in south africa is a unique opportunity to witness these gentle giants in their natural environment from land, sea or air. The indian ocean proper extends out from the southern shore of the island. Whale watching in south africa travel guide audley travel. Hermanus is without a doubt the whale capital of south africa. The coastline around plettenberg bay is home to a wide array of marine wildlife, including dolphins, seals, sharks and whales. Its also the best place to see humpback whales, with their knobbly. The southern right whale spends up to five months along the western cape coast. Peak calving season, and therefore viewing season, is during july and august.
Whale classification breeding patterns of whales whale migration join us whale migration. The southern right whale migrates from antarctica to calve in the sheltered bays of the east coast of southern africa. South africa may be known for its big five, but the marine wildlife is just as impressive. Whale watching south africa humpbacks, southern rights, bryde. Heres what you need to know about whale watching in cape town. Whale migration exploring whale watching south africa. During the warm season, whales migrate to cold waters where food is abundant. How to experience the great migration in kenya and tanzania. Breaching of humpbacks is a common sight and definitely one to remember. Its also the best place to see humpback whales, with their knobbly bodies and playful acrobatic breaching above the waters surface. The whale viewing during the months of july and august vary from year to year with regards to how many whales are.
The best time to see this wildlife spectacle is from july to october. More than 400,000 people per year watch the southern right whales off south africa. Its all about the gray whales in february, their migration is one of the longest of all marine animals. Whilst our waters are home to a wealth of resident dolphins, porpoises and whales all year round it is the annual migration of the humpback, brydes and southern. During this time, the migratory herds will give birth to newborn calves. The film focuses on a seismic survey off the east coast of rsa, which was extended into the whale migration season in july 2016. Why do these mammals embark on these seasonal movements. Whale watching in hermanus, south africa is the place on the planet to whales up close. Whale watching season starts june to end of november.
Although the southern right whale migration season of july november is the best known and most numerous, humpbacks are found here for. Every year, theres a large whale migration from antarctica to the warmer waters around south africa with whales coming so close to the shores you can even spot them from land. Compilation of footage taken during the 2017 whale season in hermanus, south africa. To see migratory southern right or humpback whales, visit between june and october. The best time to go on safari in kenya and experience a vast density and diversity of wildlife is when the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gnu descend on the mara plains with predators close behind. The best time to enjoy whale watching in hermanus is between july and november either from land, by boat or from the air via a scenic flight. Southern right whales hermanus south africa southern. Oct 30, 2017 the best time for whale watching in south africa is from june until october, though whale watching season starts as early as may and lasts until november. Join the ivanhoe team for what will undoubtedly be a memorable 2hr big 5 sea. Views boutique hotel, robberg beach lodge, pezula hotel, the turbine boutique hotel. At least 45 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises can be found in australian waters. Lucia on the elephant coast in kwazulunatal, south africa is a veritable mecca for wildlife lovers.
Africas best destinations for swimming with whale sharks. Numerous whale watching trips depart the harbor every few hours in season. The type of whale that comes to hermanus is the southern right whale, migrating from antarctica in june and remaining in the relatively warm waters of south africa until november or december. June to october may be the low season in cape town, but theres never any want for things to do. In south africa, whale watching is a waiting game with penguins. This is a scheduled boat trip with departure times subject.
This annual journey is known as the great migration, and to witness it is a onceinalifetime experience that should top the bucket list of every safari enthusiast. Shark and whale watching combo whale watching in south. The best months are august to october, with the hermanus whale festival taking place in late september or early october. Whether from land or boats you can expect to have the most spectacular sightings of whales every year from june november during their annual migration from their icy feeding grounds off antarctica to the warmer waters off mozambique where they feed and breed. Whale watching in st lucia in st lucia, kwazulu natal. The whaleplanner february a whale watching infographic. Brush up on your lingo, and watch several different types of whales showing off their breaching. Dec 25, 2016 south africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine wildlife, including whales, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins yearround.
St lucia on the elephant coast has boatbased whale watching trips to see these enigmatic giants who migrate annually from summer feeding grounds close to the poles, to the equator where it is warmer for winter breeding. Dolphins are found the year round and dolphin watching tours and charters are available in most coastal areas. Best time for whale watching in south africa rhino africa. Ocean blue adventures offers visitors to plettenberg bay, on south africa s renowned garden route coastline, an opportunity to experience the best the bay has to offer whether your interest is in the prolific marine life, the spectacular landscapes or the lives of the local community. In south africa, the town of hermanus is one of the world centers for whale watching. Every year, southern right whales take a vacation in cape waters, treating cape town locals to a display of breaching, fluking, spouting, and spyhopping. Follow the whale migration at the 5 best whale watching sites in south africa. Whales and dolphins of south africa join a whale and dolphin watching tour with oceans africa. Hermanus has been recognized as one of twelve best whale watching destinations in the world, renowned for its landbased whale watching around walker bay a favorite breeding ground for the southern right whale. As the whales are around during south africas winter, it can be cool and rainy at times. Although they are the only species of whale that is present in south african.
The season for whale watching in south africa is from june until november. Tv presenter chris tarrant cant wait to travel to south africa to go on safari in kruger national park. No visit to cape town during whale season is completed, without visiting hermanus for a whale watching experience. When these gentle giants migrate off the shores of st lucia south africa during the winter months. Predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah will move into the southern serengeti to take advantage of the vulnerable calves. Nov 20, 2018 a whale is often seen lobtailing along the coastline of south africa. Whale watching in south africa is of the best in the world. The best time for watching the southern right whale in south african waters is from june to november along the cape south coast, although some will already be as far north as kwazulunatal.
Humpbacks and southern right whales are the most commonly seen whales along australias coastline, but some other cetaceans that you may see include. From july to november, walker bay about 90 minutes drive east of cape town is one of the worlds most spectacular vantage points for whalewatching. As the whales are around during south africa s winter, it can be cool and rainy at times. If killer whales did migrate to different grounds to give birth it is likely that their gestation period would overlap their feeding and breeding season assuming they had one causing them to give birth in their feeding grounds or in the middle of a migration. The worlds best places to dive with whale sharks lonardi. Mar 15, 2018 it advances the theme of nature as political asset and questions the scripts of consumptive economics embedded in south africas governmental approaches to environmental policy. Brush up on your lingo, and watch several different types of whales showing off their breaching, fluking, lobtailing, logging, spouting and spyhopping. The narwhal and beluga whale also have longer gestation periods that exceed the 11. On the next natures great events, africa s predators become vulnerable when 3 million animals begin the great migration. Whale season is from june to november, but outside of this period, the trips run as a marine ecocruise. Definitely it is the whales authenticity and the absolute trust they show towards us.
Jul 11, 2018 your south africa whalewatching guide 2018. Whale watching south africa humpbacks, southern rights, brydes. Calving season varys from july to august, although whales can be seen through september and october. Whalewatching waters off the coast of southern africa run from false bay. Whale species that migrate and the distance traveled. Whale watching season guide mozambique travel blog. Mozambique is a whale watching destination second to none from the south at ponto do ouro, up past maputo to inhambane and then north to pemba, you can see these majestic marine giants between june and october as they travel to the warmth of the indian ocean to mate and have their calves. Here, on a 5 to 10 m 15 to 30 ft plateau is the place for an encounter with these gigantic, gentle creatures. Hermanus has been recognized by the wwf world wildlife fund as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world.
Despite mostly consisting of sand and cacti, the baja california is one of the best locations for whale watching in the whole world. The best time to go whale watching in south africa pembury tours. Whale watching trips june to december should the whales change their migration schedule arrive early and leave later we will change our schedule accordingly. If youre on the look out for baby whales, july and august is peak calving season. Whale watching waters off the coast of southern africa run from false bay, south of cape town, up as far as st lucia in kwazulunatal on the east coast. In season, in excess of 100 whales are known to frequent the waters around hermanus. Hermanus has been recognized as one of twelve best whale watching destinations in the world, renowned for its landbased whalewatching around walker bay a favorite breeding ground for the southern right whale. Every year, millions of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope migrate across the mighty plains of east africa in search of better grazing. To find out where the whales are, you can call a special hotline or listen out for the towns whale crier, who blows a kelp horn to signal activity in the bay. Your south africa whalewatching guide 2018 discover. Whale watching in false bay south africa accommodation. Peak calving season is july and august, but whales can be seen through september and october. Whale watching in south africa southern right charters. At least 37 whale species are found in the south african waters during whale migration season.
During the winter months june to october, southern right whales come so close to the shoreline that visitors can watch them from the shore as well as from strategically placed hotels. From headlands, whales may often be seen making their migration south. A 2hour whale watching trip in walker bay south africa s bay of whales big 5 sea safari trip info. Your south africa whalewatching guide 2018 discover africa. The worlds 8 best destinations for whale watching and. Whale watching south africa humpbacks, southern rights. Africa is home to some of the best whale and dolphinwatching destinations on earth, from the tip of south africa s cape coast to the straits that wash moroccos northern shores.990 616 533 556 209 1123 1173 1608 1116 983 417 835 1490 303 693 1041 753 1154 732 287 533 1451 609 569 447 813 944 1217 503 564 351 267 820 1499 71 55 72 880 1427 638 292 631 397 690