Whale Watching in Cape Town

There are two boat-based whale watching options within the city of Cape Town. You can explore Table Bay from the V&A Waterfront, or you can leave from Simons Town and explore False Bay. The land-based whale watching is also excellent - particularly in False Bay where you can often see whales from the windows of the Southern Suburbs commuter train.

About an hour’s drive from Cape Town is Hermanus, which also offers excellent whale watching and a further half an hour east of that is the…

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Whale Watching in Cape Town
Cape Town Whale Watching

There are two boat-based whale watching options within the city of Cape Town. You can explore Table Bay from the V&A Waterfront, or you can leave from Simons Town and explore False Bay. The land-based whale watching is also excellent - particularly in False Bay where you can often see whales from the windows of the Southern Suburbs commuter train.

About an hour’s drive from Cape Town is Hermanus, which also offers excellent whale watching and a further half an hour east of that is the little town of Gansbaai with equally good, arguably better, whale watching. Whale watching trips usually include sightings of seals, dolphins, penguins and other seabirds. The most commonly sighted whale in these waters is the southern right whale, which is in residence from about April to August. Others include humpback whales, Brydes whales and - not often - orcas. Minke whales, and even the odd blue whale, have been spotted far off Cape Point in deep water.

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Waterfront Adventures - Whale Watching - Cape Town

When the whales arrive, there is no better place to be than on the water. In peak season, between July and December, whales can be seen breaching, fluking and spouting in False Bay. Charters depart daily from Simon's Town harbour and the V&A Waterfront. Operators give you the option of being out there under sail (weather permitting) or on a motorised boat. Look out for the large and slow-moving...