Welcome to th Cape Whale Coast Route

The Whale Coast Route begins to hug the shoreline of South Africa, from Doringbay on the Cape West Coast to Durban in Kwazulu Natal.

Did you know?
The Whale Coast Route is where some of the best whale viewing spots in the country are found between July to the end of November.


Few destinations in South Africa are larger than the Cape Whale Coast. Boat based, land-based and aerial whale watching has fondly earned this southernmost coast of Africa the name Whale Capital of the World. Tourists do not come to the Cape Whale Coast only to watch whales or dive with Great White Sharks.

They also want to buy clothes, jewels, wine, souvenirs. They want to stroll on soft, sandy beaches and hike amongst fynbos. They want no less eagerly to know about the restaurants, celebrated cellars where they can discover what a refined pleasure wine tasting can be.

Tourists, business travelers, woman on a buying spree, adrenaline junkies, the smart set and the unsophisticated, the hurried ones and the nonchalant ones, the old and the young visit the Cape Whale Coast for the most varied purposes. But all of them should find in this guide what they need.

The pictures given here will bring to life the variety of activities, markets and fairs where people can be watched shopping, joking, flirting, quarreling, always living with zest and individuality.


12 Fun Facts About Sea Hawks

12 Fun Facts About Sea Hawks

You could use the name sea hawk to refer to an osprey 

Ghost Fishing Nets: The Invisible Killers in the Oceans

Ghost Fishing Nets: The Invisible Killers in the Oceans

As long as ghost gear remains a problem in our oceans, marine animals such as seals, whales, turtles and birds will become entangled.

Here is 6 Of The Most Frighteningly Bizarre Ocean Creatures

Here is 6 Of The Most Frighteningly Bizarre Ocean Creatures

Given the extreme depths to which scientists must go to find these frightful–and tiny–fish, little is known about the hatchetfish. 

African Penguins

Like all extant penguins, it is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat. The African penguin is a species of penguin confined to southern African waters.


Right Whales

Each year Southern Right whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. The animals, often mere metres from the shore, provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November.


whale watching


IN whale season in South Africa you can spot these friendly sea giants all along the coasts of the Cape. For even more close and personal views of a southern right whale opt for a trip on a whale watching boat or a scenic trip in a plane. MORE

BenguelaCove WineTasting Square


South Africa is home to over 95,000 hectares of vineyards and is the seventh-largest wine-producing country in the world. And there’s no better place to explore the country’s top wine farms than the Cape Winelands. MORE


cape town zipline


An awesome experience to tick off your bucket list while in the Mother City, Cape Town. The new zipline route is one of the longest on the African continent (around 2.3km in total) and with single cables that stretch up to 500m in length. MORE


shark cage diving


Can you handle the ultimate heart-pounding experience? Find out by getting face to face to face with great white sharks. Join us for a full day of shark cage diving and surface viewing in Gansbaai, the great white shark capitol of the world. MORE


Travel and Tourism on the Whale Coast Route of South Africa

  • Cape West Coast
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Winelands
  • Cape Whale Coast
  • Cape Overberg
  • Cape Agulhas
  • Garden Route
  • Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape
  • Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
  • KwaZulu-Natal







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Travel Routes

  • Cape West Coast
  • Cape Peninsula
  • Cape Whale Coast
  • Cape Agulhas
  • Garden Route
  • Wild Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • KwaZulu Natal

Nature Lovers 

  • Wine Tasting
  • Birdwatching
  • Whale Watching
  • Hiking / Walking Routes
  • Cable Car - Table Mountain
  • Animal Sanctuaries
  • Arts & Culture
  • Scenic Drives

For the adventurous

  • Shark cage diving
  • Mountain biking
  • Quad bike tours
  • Cape Town Zipline
  • Paragliding
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Skydiving


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