Packed into a small region of the beautiful, dramatic southern Cape coastline, the towns and villages of the Whale Coast make for lovely places to stay. Find out where to go on the Whale Coast with our been-there guide below or just ask one of our African Safari Experts for their recommendations.
Hermanus: South Africa's whale-watching capital
Tucked between mountain and sea and home to hiking trails, beaches, bird-filled lagoons and a meandering wine valley, it's no wonder that Hermanus is one of the Cape's most popular destinations for both local and international visitors.
A bustling harbour town situated less than a 2-hour drive from Cape Town, Hermanus is not short of things to do but its main attraction - which has visitors flocking to its shores between August and October - is whale season when migrating southern right whales gather at Walker Bay to display, mate and calve.
It makes for an unforgettable experience, not least since Hermanus boasts the best land-based whale-watching in the world. A 12km cliff path hugs the coastline from one end of town to the other and gives whale-watchers unlimited opportunities to study these gentle giants in their natural habitat, especially during the peak viewing month of September when Hermanus also hosts its annual Whale Festival.
Accommodation in Hermanus is both varied and plentiful but it gets booked up over school holidays and during festival time so you would be well advised to book in advance.