About The Cape Whale Coast

Close to the very tip of Africa, just outside Cape Town, you will find the Cape Whale Coast -  a place that can easily be called ‘Heaven on Earth’. This pristine stretch of the South African coastline that runs from the coastal hamlet of Rooiels in the west to Quoin Point in the East  is flanked by mesmerising mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

The main towns of the area are Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai; but the Cape Whale Coast is in fact made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys – each filled with its own special magic. Explore the whales, sharks, wine routes, fynbos, birding, golf courses, penguins, mountain biking, hiking trails and adventure activities in our beautiful region, the Cape Whale Coast.

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Cape Whale Coast Kleinmond

The Hangklip-Kleinmond coast lies between massive Fynbos covered mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Sublime nature is punctuated by the villages of Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond, and wave-swept beaches.

hermanus

Hermanus, in the heart of the Whale Route, is just 127km from Cape Town on the Cape south coast. It has developed from a rustic whaling and fishing village into one of the world’s best whale-viewing sites (via land or boat) from June to November.

stanford

Stanford is the only one of the Cape Whale Coast towns that is situated inland. This leafy green and picturesque Victorian influenced village which lies on the banks of the Klein River offers something special to visitors…

Gansbaai

The Gansbaai coast is known as the “Coast of Contrasts” and the town of Gansbaai as “Big 2 Town” as you can see both the Southern Right Whale AND the Great White Shark here.

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Cape Whale Coast Attractions

  • Blue Cranes are endemic to South Africa except for a small population of about 80…

    Overberg Blue Crane
  • Hermanus has the only Whale Crier in the world. The Whale Crier walks through the…

    Whale Crier Hermanus
  •   Whale Museum – Where do the whales that visit Hermanus come from? What do…

    Whale Museums
  • Old Harbour Museum – The present museum is made up of two sections: the Historical…

    Old Harbour Museum
  • The Dyer Island Group, a few km south of Gansbaai, is home to about 50´000…

    Shark Cage Diving
  • The Klipgat Cave, just outside of De Kelders in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, has…

    KlipGateCave- Gansbaai
  • Buy a copy of Historical Stanford on Foot for R10 at Stanford Tourism and enjoy…

    Stanford Heritage Walks
  • Stanford has a cheese named after it! Inspired during a study tour in France a…

    Klein River Cheese