The Whale Route traverses the scenic R44, passing charming towns like Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Pringle Bay, Stanford, and Gansbaai – with some of the best land-based whale watching spots on the planet (between August and November).

Home to the giants of the ocean, the Whale Route will take you along the False Bay coastline and spoil you with magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and awe-inspiring fynbos filled mountains on the other. You’ll come across quaint seaside towns like Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Pringle Bay, Stanford, Gansbaai, and Hermanus with much to explore. The perfect family adventure awaits along this route, accompanied by life-changing sights like seeing a pod of southern right whales breach the water from some of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world!

Highlights

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Attend the annual Hermanus Whale Festival to celebrate the height of the whale season.
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Explore the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region.
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Enjoy numerous mouth-watering restaurants along the route.
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Visit the flagship De Hoop Nature Reserve between fynbos and beach settings.
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Hike or cycle in the spectacular Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
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Taste magnificent wines at the Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley.

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The best time to visit this stunning stretch is between June and November when southern right whales flock to these shores. Tourism will start to pick up after winter turns into spring at the start of September, and so will the weather. Thanks to winter being the rainy season, the fynbos fauna and flora will be a sight to see and will be in full bloom!

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Abalone Lodge

Luxury accommodation on the magnificent oceanfront of Hermanus
From$131 /ppn
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