Springtime is whale time all along the Western Cape Coast. Don’t let anybody tell you Hermanus is the only place to be at this time of year. Whale watching in Cape Town is excellent and easily accessible with guided motorbike tours to all the prime spots.
When you set out on a scenic Peninsula tour from Misty Cliffs towards the Cape of Good Hope, you’re in for a picturesque treat filled with opportunities to take in some whale spotting along the way.
The Best Cape Town Whale Watching from the Roadside
Whales are a regular sighting all around the Cape Peninsula depending on the time of year. June to November are the peak viewing times with some whales, such as Bryde’s whale, in attendance year-round. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see an orca.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
As you negotiate the 114 thrilling twists of Chapman’s Peak Drive you’ve got a grandstand view of any the rocky Atlantic shores. Stop off at the viewpoints and spend some time scouring the watery landscape for sprays and splashed which could reveal the whereabouts of a whale.
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Pause in your admiration of the fynbos and mountains during a trip to Cape Point Nature Reserve and cast your eyes out to sea. You could be rewarded with the sight of a Southern Right Whale basking in the shallows. The Two Oceans Restaurant has amazing views over the bay and is the perfect place to park your bike and enjoy a cuppa while watching the marine show in the waters below.
Riding out to Simons Town to see the old military battery, keep your eyes peeled to offshore action. Humpback whales, orcas and Bryde’s Whales spend time near Simons Town during the peak whale season, and Southern Right Whales are often seen venturing very close to shore in September.
Over the Kogelberg along historic Clarence Drive near Betty’s Bay, you’ll find yourself at the beginning of what’s known as the Whale Coast. This is believed to be the best whale watching stretch of road in the world. The route is also one of the flattest mountain drives worldwide with plenty of opportunities to step off your bike, stretch your legs and look for whales.
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Wherever you’d like to venture in the Western Cape, we have a tour for you. From the dusty miles of the Tankwa Karoo National Park to the lush surroundings of Cape Point Nature Reserve. Get in touch and start planning your open-road adventure today.