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Whale Coast and the Overberg

The 200km stretch of coast in the southern Cape of South Africa, holds some of the richest marine reserves around. It is here that the Southern Right whales come to breed, the infamous Great White Shark feeds, and the start of the African sardine run occurs. This is a beautiful stretch of landscapes and pristine coastline, the Whale Coast & Overberg offers visitors the opportunity to experience aquatic activities unique to this area.

Whale viewing in Hermanus

A bustling, seaside town, Hermanus is known as the "whale watching capital of the world". During breeding season (June to November), Southern Right whales migrate to the coastal waters of the Cape to calve and nurse their young. Visitors can see them only a few meters away from the shore, offering excellent photo opportunities. This is a humbling experience, and less than 2 hours drive from Cape Town, it is a well worthy excursion. Apart from whale viewing, Hermanus also offers boat trips, kayaking, and options to explore the area's various hiking trails, beaches and wine estates.

Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

Gansbaai is one of the only places where visitors can still view Great White sharks in their natural habitat, and even enter the water in protective cages should you desire. 

Nature at Grootbos Nature Reserve

Further along the coast from Hermanus, is the Grootbos Nature Reserve, which is home to more than 740 species of plant life. Overlooking the whale watching haven of Walker Bay, Grootbos offers visitors the opportunity to view these magnificent animals by land, boat or air. Other activities at Grootbos include flower safaris, birding tours, horse riding, 4x4 drives and walks along deserted beaches - great for children too.

Coastal sand dunes at De Hoop Nature Reserve

A marine protected area, the De Hoop Nature Reserve area encompasses the breeding grounds of the Southern Right whale and its high sand dunes are an excellent vantage point for whale viewing. Covering some 34 000 hectares, De Hoop Nature Reserve offers a complete outdoor experience of sea, sand dunes, a floral sensation of indigenous plants and diverse wildlife. Off the coast from De Hoop is the start of the Agulhas shelf, the starting point for the famous sardine run.

Talk to us about planning a tour that incorporates the best of these destinations, either on a self-drive basis or with a private guide.

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