Dolphin and Whale Route

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Dolphin and Whale Route

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Length of trip:

7 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1000 to $ 2000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.

Detailed Description of this trip:

This is a self drive,however we can modify to a private or escorted/part self drive. If you want to see whales, the timing of this route is important. The southern right whales arrive towards the end of June, and stay till October, with a few stragglers hanging around till early November. The humpback whales usually hang around between April and October, although they have been known to stay a bit longer. Of course, you can see whales and dolphins at many other places along the coast, but these spots are the most consistent and user-friendly.

Trip Properties:

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Cape Town

    Fly in to Cape Town and settle in to your hotel or B&B.


    Your best options are, obviously, a place near the sea, and False Bay is the most reliable southern right spotting area.

  • Day 2 - Cape Town


    Explore Cape Town, checking out the whales all the while. You may like to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium (which does not keep captive cetaceans). A trip to Seal Island will reward you with the sight of hundreds of Cape fur seals. (There are two Seal Islands, either will do.) If you take a boat ride from the Waterfront, you may see the rather shy and endemic dusky dolphin, as there is a small colony off Three Anchor Bay.


    If you are energetic, you may paddle out on a sea kayak to Seal Island off Hout Bay, and/or off Three Anchor Bay, where you may see the dusky dolphins, and perhaps a seal or two.

  • Day 3 - South Africa

    Car Rental

    Drive to Hermanus and walk along the cliff top, where you will have fantastic sightings of southern rights.


    Also visit the new harbour, where the whales often swim mere metres from the breakwater. It's also worth driving to the other side of Walker Bay to see the whales from the cliff top at Gansbaai.

  • Day 4 - Plettenberg Bay


    Take a scenic drive to Plettenberg Bay, stopping at Arniston and/or Cape Agulhas, which is the southernmost point of Africa.

  • Day 5 - Plettenberg Bay


    Take a boat ride to see the dolphins and whales. You are likely to see bottlenose dolphins, probably humpback dolphins, and will certainly see Cape fur seals at their colony on Robberg Peninsula. The southern rights are pretty easy to spot in season, and you may see orcas or Brydes whales at any time (although they are not particularly common.) And, of course, from April to October, you're quite likely to see humpbacks and their calves. So the best possible time is between August and September, when you stand a good chance of seeing three, or perhaps more, cetacean species in one day. (The record for Plett is 7 different species of marine mammals in one day humpback dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, southern right whales, humpback whales, Brydes whales and Cape fur seals).

  • Day 6 - Plettenberg Bay


    You could also do a sea kayaking trip, during which a whale or dolphin may well swim past, and there are numerous scenic flights on offer, which take you right over the bay, affording a gull's eye view of the lovely leviathans.

  • Day 7 - Port Elizabeth

    National Parks

    Take a leisurely drive to Port Elizabeth, stopping over at the Tsitsikamma National Park for lunch, where it's quite likely you'll see whales or dolphins from the restaurant.

    Commercial Flight

    Either stay over in Port Elizabeth, or fly out.

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