The Southern Right Whales come to the shores of the Cape Whale Coast in
about June each year to mate and calve in the shallow waters.
Hermanus has gained the reputation of offering the best land-based whale watching in the world because of the excellent vantage points that the cliffs
along Walker Bay provide. Many other villages such as De Kelders and Gansbaai also have fantastic land-based vantage points but in whale season you'll
even be able to spot whales while lying on the beach or eating breakfast on your patio.
Areas designated for boat based whale watching have been carefully selected so as
not to interfere with those watching from the land (and the whales of course).
Description of a Southern Right Whale. The body of Southern right Whale is large and black usually with white patches on the belly. About 4% of calves are
born mostly white. No dorsal fin. There are patches of roughened skin called callosities on head. These are covered in whale lice. Individual whales have
unique callosity patterns. Flippers are broad and paddle-shaped. The blow is V-shaped.