Seal Viewing Trips in Cape Town.
Observe seals in their natural habitat doing their natural thing. They won’t be jumping through hoops or balancing balls on their nose but these fascinating ‘dogs of the sea” unwittingly entertain for hours and to the delight of Cape Town’s many visitors, are often spotted flopping around at harbours and even at the V & A Waterfront. The best way to watch them, though, is from the deck of a boat.
Cape fur seals proliferate on two rocky island colonies just off our Cape Coast. Seal Island in beautiful False Bay is reportedly home to 64,000 Cape fur seals as well as 24 species of bird. The tiny Duiker Island near Hout Bay has around 6000 fur seals scrambling for land space. Depending on the time of year you’ll see them hunting, lazing in the sun, nursing their pups or just playing in the surf. You might also be lucky enough to watch a Cape fur seal trying to avoid becoming a snack for a great white shark.
Both Hout Bay and Simon's Town are charming coastal suburbs worth visiting in themselves and the 40-minutes to an hour boat trips afford stunning views of the Cape Peninsula.