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Whale Route

Explore Whale Route

South Africa’s Whale Route is just 'over the mountain' from Cape Town in the Overberg region. The heart of the route is the once-humble fishing village of Hermanus which has grown into a world-famous tourist destination, known for offering outstanding whale watching from June to October. Appealing to outdoor enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs alike, the Whale Route offers whale watching, wine tasting in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, beaches, restaurants, art galleries and boutique hotels.

Highlights

  • Watch female Southern Right Whales come inshore to Walker Bay and calve
  • Enjoy spectacular views and cosy seaside charm
  • Take a boat trip to get closer to the whale migration
  • Indulge in shark cage diving, golfing, hiking, surfing and much more

Iconic Activities

  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
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Whale Route Map

Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to observe the area's spectacular sea creatures underwater or from the shore, our expert guides reveal the typical marine life, as well as the endemic mammal and bird species, to expect in Whale Route

  • Orca
    Orca
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Baboon
    Baboon
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
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TRIPS TO INSPIRE

From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, enchanting beaches and intriguing cities, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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When to visit

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