The Whale Route also called The Overberg Whale Route is renowned to offer some of the best land based whale watching in the world. It is situated in the Western Cape, along the Cape's southern coastline. Between the months of June through to November each year, these magnificent creatures can be viewed, in some places as close as only a few meters from the shoreline.
Whales, including the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whale, are frequently seen along the coastline from Stony point near Betty's Bay, along the cliff paths of Hermanus, (Walker Bay), Kleinmond, Onrus, the De Hoop Nature Reserve and Witsand.
Hermanus Lodge on the Green is a small luxury guest house offering intimacy and privacy in a relaxed environment with the emphasis on personalized service. Situated overlooking the 25th green of the Hermanus Golf Course with the Fernkloof Nature Reserve in the background.
Hermanus is known as the 'Whale Capital' and offers the best land-based whale watching in the world; each year hundreds of whales migrate here and can be seen only a few meters from the shoreline. The best time to view whales is during the months of August, September and October; however the whales start arriving in July and can be seen well into December.
The region offers visitors a variety of sights and attractions that is well worth a visit. Hermanus is known as the heart of The Whale Route and offers visitors the ideal holiday destination. The yearly Whale Festival has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in South Africa. The area offers beautiful nature reserves, magnificent mountain ranges, rocky cliffs and long white sandy beaches.
Situated between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, The Western Cape offers a Mediterranean climate with little rain in summer and approximately 11 hours a day of sunshine or more and long sunny evenings with magnificent sunsets.
Winters are usually cold and wet with a few pleasant days in between and summers are warm with temperatures in December to February ranging between 20 and 32 degrees Celsius. During the winter months of June through to August average temperatures are between 7 to 20 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is moderate throughout the year; however most of the rain can be expected during the winter months.
Arabella Hotel and Spa is situated only 15 minutes outside Hermanus and hosts a championship golf course as well as an international award winning Spa. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation, delectable cuisine and superb service.
The Marine Hotel situated on top of the cliffs along the beautiful coastline in Hermanus; it promises magnificent sea and mountain views. It is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux, which has secured its position on the stage of world-class hotels.
Air The closest airport is Cape Town International Airport. Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests from most major airports to Cape Town. Many international flights fly directly into Cape Town however guests may have a stopover in Johannesburg (at OR Tambo International Airport). Once guests arrive at Cape Town airport, they have a choice between a self-drive holiday (rental car) and a private road transfer. Sun Safaris can arrange these services for guests.
Land The Whale Route is accessible from anywhere in South Africa. All roads are tarred and in good condition. The drive time will depend on where guests are driving from. Self-driving along The Whale Route is an ideal way of exploring this beautiful region. Sun Safaris can arrange a rental car for guests.