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Whale Watching Tour
June and November is prime-time whale watching season, these incredible animals migrate to the Western Cape to calve their young. A boat tour is the best way to get up close to these massive mammals as they breach the water.
The tour starts from Kleinbaai Harbour at Gansbaai, the launch pad for whale watching cruises in this area, which is remarkably rich in marine life. After an introductory talk, depart for Dyer Island, 8kms from shore. This island is protected for its many bird species, including African Penguins, Cape Gannets and Giant Petrels. Adjacent is Geyser Rock, home to 60,000 Cape Fur Seals - the channel between these two islands is known as Shark Alley as Great White Sharks cruise the waters in search of their favourite prey. In and around these waters are strong numbers of Bryde's Whales and Humpback Whales, as well as dolphins, which make for very rewarding and close up sightings. Return to shore and enjoy a warm drink while watching a DVD of your day before returning to Cape Town.
Note: Private transfers can be arranged from Cape Town at additional cost and are recommended during the peak periods when hotel pickups can begin as early as 4:30am.
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This self-drive South Africa itinerary allows you to explore captivating Cape Town, the unique Cape Floral Kingdom in full bloom, some of the best land-based whale watching in the world and ending with a ‘Big Five’ game viewing adventure.