June 14, 2023

What You Need to Know About South Africa’s Whale-Watching Season

From scenic coastal gems to exhilarating encounters with gentle giants, discover whale watching in South Africa’s Overberg region.

June 14, 2023

What You Need to Know About South Africa’s Whale-Watching Season

From scenic coastal gems to exhilarating encounters with gentle giants, discover whale watching in South Africa’s Overberg region.

For an exhilarating encounter with the ocean’s gentle giants, take a trip to South Africa’s breathtaking Overberg region.

Southern right whales Hermanus

Discover Whale Watching in the Overberg

As the cool breeze caresses your face and the sunset casts a golden glow over the Atlantic Ocean, you find yourself immersed in an awe-inspiring experience. Welcome to whale-watching in the Overberg, a captivating encounter only a short scenic drive from Perivoli Lagoon House.

Enjoy whale watching in Gansbaai, Image Credit: Ivanhoe Boat Based Whale Watching 

The Best Spots to Witness Our Giants

South Africa’s Overberg region is blessed with numerous opportunities for whale watching, but none delivers such an immersive encounter as the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus, just 30 minutes drive from Perivoli Lagoon House. Famous for being the whale-watching capital of the world, this scenic gem offers the best vantage points for witnessing the gentle giants breach and play just metres from the shoreline.

However, for a more secluded and tranquil setting, also just 30 minutes drive from Perivoli, the rugged cliffs of De Kelders, near Gansbaai, provide elevated viewpoints, allowing for breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean.

Renowned for its close encounters, De Kelder whale watching is ideal for those seeking a quieter and more reflective encounter with the majestic creatures.

For Gansbaai whale watching, De Kelders is great, Image Credit: Southern Right Charters

The Blessed Season of the Whales

The Overberg’s whale season typically runs from June to December, providing ample opportunity to witness multiple whale species up close. The peak months, however, are July to October when the southern right whales escape the icy waters of the Antarctic, arriving in large numbers to calve and mate.

An Expansive View of Marvellous Giants

The Overberg has an abundance of land-based viewing points, such as cliffs and walking paths, that offer the ideal position from which to witness whales as they breach, spout, and play in their natural habitat. As you scan the horizon, you may catch sight of the whales breaching out of the water, their massive bodies soaring through the air before gracefully crashing back into the sea with a splash.

On the other hand, a whale-watching cruise takes you into the heart of the ocean, providing closer proximity to the whale families. As you learn about these giants and their fascinating behaviour from the knowledgeable cruise guides, you can also encounter other marine life along the way.

Get up-close on a whale cruise in Hermanus, Image Credit: Southern Right Charters 

Delightful Sights at the Hermanus Whale Festival

The Whale Festival in Hermanus is a highly anticipated annual event that celebrates the presence of southern right whales in Walker Bay and raises awareness about marine conservation.

Imagine a bustling seafront pavilion adorned with vibrant street performers, where the air resonates with the melodies of live music, laughter, and contagious excitement around every corner. Suddenly, a collective gasp of delight ripples through the crowd as the first spout breaks the surface, heralding the entrance of a southern right whale.

Taking place annually around the end of September, ensure you don’t miss out on any of the festivities by planning your stay at Perivoli Lagoon House well in advance. Then, after a lively day filled with excitement, come back to unwind in the quiet tranquillity of Perivoli.

Your exclusive-use, luxury home near Hermanus, Image Credit: Perivoli Lagoon House

Beyond Whales

While whale watching is undoubtedly a highlight of a visit to the Overberg, this region boasts an array of attractions. Whether exploring the charming coastal towns, indulging in fresh seafood delicacies, or embarking on thrilling outdoor adventures such as shark cage diving or hiking through nature reserves, the Overberg has something to rejuvenate anyone’s soul.

Rejuvenate in a Luxurious Escape at Perivoli Lagoon House

Whether you’re mesmerised by the whales’ breathtaking displays or simply enjoy the serenity of the coastal landscape, whale watching in the Overberg is an experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world and memories that will stay with you forever.

Perivoli is the perfect place to stay warm during winter, Image Credit: Perivoli 

For an unforgettable experience in the Overberg, plan your stay at Perivoli Lagoon House. Whether you choose to indulge in a leisurely stroll along the lagoon, bask in the sun by the sparkling pool, or simply unwind on your private terrace, Perivoli Lagoon House offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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