Whale watching Tour departures are from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. (The
itinerary will run in reverse for P.E departures) The tour will operate from 15
June to 15 November each year to coincide with the presence of the numerous
Southern Right Whales that migrate to the coastline of South Africa.
Departing from Cape Town at 09h00, the first destination is Hermanus. This quaint
seaside village is arguably one of the finest land based whale watching venues
world-wide. The town whale crier announces the presence of whales by blowing his
horn made of dried seaweed. The steep cliffs and deep water allow the whales to
come within a few meters of the shore.
After lunch the trail takes us to the Breede River and an overnight stop at
Witsand. Late afternoon whale watching then dinner at the lodge.
Sunrise will see you at the cliffs of San Sebastion Bay, recognized as having
one of the largest population of whales in the Southern Hemisphere. After
breakfast the journey takes us through forest and lakes to Knysna. The day is
ended with an evening sunset cruise on the Knysna Lagoon. Overnight in Knysna,
jewel of the Garden Route.
In the early morning an optional exciting boat ride through the Knysna Heads
will take you out to visit the playground of the whales. In the afternoon a
memorable visit to the indigenous forests of the Tsitsikamma mountains will
build up an appetite for an evening seafood feast.
After breakfast the tour winds its way to Plettenberg Bay. Once again you have
the opportunity to go to sea and experience whales and dolphins at close range.
(For those not wanting to go out onto the ocean an alternative land based whale
watching trip will be arranged)
Lunch may be enjoyed at the beachfront before departing
for George for your onward flight.
BIG SIX ALTERNATIVE
After your whale experience you may wish to see the rest of the big six. An
overnight visit to Amakhala Private Game Reserve will allow you to see all of
the big five while staying in luxury accommodation.
Another alternative is the Addo National Elephant Park. The tour returns to Port
Elizabeth in the afternoon of Day 5.
Transportation, guide, accommodation and breakfast, lagoon cruise.
Lunches, dinners, optional excursions, drinks, tips and personal items.