Southern Right Whale
An animal 8 to 10 times the size of a bull elephant and so ugly it becomes breathtakingly beautiful. Gross, huge and seemingly ungainly and yet so graceful, sensitive and inquisitive.
These majestic creatures are often friendly and playful and have a tendency to show off. A 16 meter giant of some 50 to 60 tons is so aware of its great body that it is able to pass under or next to our boat, curving its fluke around the boat inches away without bumping it.
The mating game. A huffing and puffing, rolling and twisting of a group of up to 7 males, all with nothing but procreation on their minds; lucky or is it unlucky lone cow, the center of their attention.
A mother and her calf, more often than not, touching, playing together, rolling over and over and under each other, the calf with its tail or flipper draped across her back. To hear her hooing call when her calf strays too far in the game of 'catch me if you can' with a Cape Fur Seal.
The breach can only be compared to a missile being launched from a nuclear submarine below the sea. The loud roar as it rockets up from the deep to the huge crash as it lands back into the sea. A truly unforgettable experience.
These gentle giants leave you deeply aware of how insignificant we are in the greater picture. South Africa no longer only boasts the Big 5 - but rather the Magnificent 7.
- Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay & Betty’s Bay
- The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
- Rotary Drive
- Fernkloof Nature Reserve
- Land Based Whale Watching
- Whale-Watching Boat Trip (Optional)
- Sir Lowry’s Pass
Season: Mid July to November
Daily Tours - Depart: 08:00 – 09:00
- Destination: Hermanus
- Duration: Full Day
- Adult from R 950.00 p/p
Gearing Point, Hermanus
All transfers from Cape Town CBD
All meals and refreshments
Optional Boat Trip
Best time for this tour?
Whale Season is from around June to November