Come watch the whales!

The whales have arrived in Walker Bay for their annual visit from June to end November and with them the travellers who come to appreciate these marine giants.
We welcome the many visitors who have travelled to our shores to watch the whales. Please share your pictures with us by tagging #CapeWhaleCoast.

Visit Our Towns

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, 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 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 Natural Adventure Destination is also referred to as The Great White Shark Capital Of The World due to the abundance of the Great White Sharks in these waters.

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 they…

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

    Old Harbour Museum
  • The Dyer Island Group consisting of Dyer and Geyser Island is only 8 km offshore…

    Shark Cage Diving
  • The Gansbaai area is a hiker’s heaven, from guided hiking or slack-packing through ancient forests…

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

    Stanford Heritage Walks
  • Klein River Cheese Farmstead is a celebration of cheese, picnics and family. We exist to…

    Klein River Cheese

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.