There are at least 37 species of whales and dolphins in South Africa. In the period from July to November, they migrate to calve and nurse closer to the shores. The most common species include Southern right whale, Humpback whale, and Bryde’s whale. This is one of the few opportunities to see the whales up-close, both from land and boat. In addition to the whales and dolphins, be ready to meet Cape fur seals, cute African penguins, and even great white sharks.
Cape Town is a good whale viewing location, but there are more spots to be found eastwards, along the southern coastline. The closest one is False Bay, Hermanus, and Cape Agulhus. Hermanus is listed among the world's top whale watching destinations. Annually in late September, it hosts Whale Festival. More whaling locations are also found along the Garden Route, namely at Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Knysna, and Plettenberg Bay.