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WHALE WATCH HOTLINE / REPORT A SIGHTING — 079 391 2105

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A Whale Of A Heritage Route is a tourist, business and educational initiative that extends from the Cape Point Route off False Bay, Cape Town to beyond Lambert’s Bay via the R27 through a portion of the Cape West Coast Biosphere and vice versa. Importantly, the Route follows the journey up the coastline that a significant number of Southern Right Whales from Hermanus/Walker Bay and False Bay take in early Spring, en route to the Southern Ocean, via the Cape West Coast Peninsula (eg: Saldanha, Paternoster, Cape Columbine and St Helena Bay).

The Route offers great land and boat-based whale watching in season and a large treasure chest of cultural and natural historical attractions to explore year-round. The latter are arranged into ambles, rambles, trails and are suitable for team-building hunts. An example is our flagship event, the Historic Farmstead Trail which has been extended to St Helenafontein, the former farm of Pierre Rocher, who once farmed at Imhoff’s Gift, Kommetjie.

The twenty four land-based whale watching sites vary considerably and include some restaurants and accommodation as well as the coastal train on the Cape Pensinsula. Some offer elevated and in some cases, unparalleled, panoramic views from which to watch whales and dolphins interacting.

Whale viewing sites in alphabetical order are: Blouberg, Camps Bay, Doringbaai, Draaihoek, Dwarskersbos, Elandsbaai, False Bay, Hout Bay, Jacobsbaai, Kommetjie, Laaiplek, Lambert's Bay, Langebaan, Llandudno, Noordhoek, Paternoster, Rocher Pan, Saldanha, Scarborough, St Helena Bay, Strandfontein WC, Table Bay, WC National Park and Yzerfontein.

There are licenced boat-based watching opportunities at False Bay, Hout Bay and Table Bay. The boats offer a completely different experience by providing access to whales off-shore, where large pods of whales, not visible from land, are often spotted. Another obvious benefit of a licensed boat is proximity for potentially award-winning photographs.

A group of unknown size remain in the historic feeding ground off St Helena Bay and Saldanha Bay in Summer ie they do not return to the Southern Ocean to feed. This phenomenon means that the Cape West Coast Peninsula potentially offers year-round whale watching, thanks to the Benguela upwelling.

For further information on where to watch and for the latest sightings and trends either check out the sightings logs (refer WHERE TO WATCH below) or call or sms the whale watch hotline - 079 391 2105.

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** 1 000 plus historical attractions
** 24 whale watch destinations
** 20 plus museums, a Fossil Park & a submarine museum
** Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Bryde’s Whales & Dolphins
** Orcas / Killer Whales
** Historical ambles, rambles & trails
** Team building hunts
** Talks on heritage and whales
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