Heart of the Cape Whale Coast

Romance is in our Cape Whale Coast champagne air.

As a UNESCO Creative Region of Gastronomy we play to our naturally irresistible environment and present a backdrop that will melt your heart and that of your Valentine. Wine tasting in fine wine country, dining or hiking amongst the vineyards, sipping on some of the best craft beers in South Africa or ginning the time away from dusk to dawn there is indeed no where better than right here on the Cape Whale Coast.

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.

Things to Do

  • Nature offers the best therapy and this is absolutely true of the many hiking trails…

  • A bucket list adventure for many! This adventure happens in Kleinbaai, just outside Gansbaai which…

    Great White Shark
  • Different routes will take to different yet beautiful views which are only part of the…

    offroad biking
  • Whether you are a beginner or an experience rider there will be a horse and…

  • The Cape Whale Coast has three different wine growing areas – Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai…

  • The Klein River is one of the most beautiful stretches of flat water river paddling…

  • Stanford is the only one of the Cape Whale Coast towns that is situated inland….

    Stanford Street
  • One of the region’s greatest assets relates to the diversity of bird species found in…

    Lesser Double Collared Sunbird

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.