Whale Watching in Garden Route

A whale is the largest animal that has ever lived on this planet. They are intelligent warm blooded mammals with unique communication systems.

Sadly, they are also endangered. The southern right whale is called such as it was the ‘right’ whale to hunt. Hunters favoured this whale as it moves relatively slowly, is rich in oil and floats when it is dead.

Luckily, the southern right whale is now protected and is making a great comeback in South African waters.

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Whale Watching in Garden Route
Whale Watching in Garden Route

A whale is the largest animal that has ever lived on this planet. They are intelligent warm blooded mammals with unique communication systems.

Sadly, they are also endangered. The southern right whale is called such as it was the ‘right’ whale to hunt. Hunters favoured this whale as it moves relatively slowly, is rich in oil and floats when it is dead.

Luckily, the southern right whale is now protected and is making a great comeback in South African waters.

The Garden Route is one of the meccas for whale watching and operators in Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay and Knysna are ready to take you on a close encounter with one of the most impressive animals in the world.

Southern right whales are best viewed during the winter months. During the summer, humpback whales make their appearance and Bryde’s whales are resident throughout the year.

Whale Watching in Garden Route Operators

Ocean Blue Adventures - Garden Route

Offering up-close and personal, awe-inspiring encounters with the fascinating, majestic whales in the bay. Interact and have fun with our amazing dolphin and whale species while learning all about their phenomenal abilities and lifestyles. Take the opportunity to experience the many other wonders of the bay: pelagic birds, seals, sharks, history, geology and lots more. A two hour sea kayaking by...

Romonza Boat Trips - Garden Route

Seal Island trips: From 10 am to 5 pm, every hour on the hour, all year round, we cruise to Seal Island for a closer look at more than 3 000 fascinating Cape fur seals. Sunset Cruise: A relaxed and romantic 1½-hour cruise around Seal Island and scenic Mossel Bay (cash bar onboard). Whale watching: (June to Oct) Romonza is the only permit holder offering boat-based whale watching in Mossel We...

Ocean Odyssey - Knysna Boat Trips - Garden Route

Observing whales in their natural environment leaves an indelible, feel-good mark on the soul, and Knysna is one of the best places to do this. Ocean Odyssey, Knysna’s only official close encounter whale watching permit holder, is passionate about showcasing and creating awareness about these gentle giants of the deep. Knysna is blessed with prolific wonders of nature and boasts an estuary an...