Whale Season

Published on 20 July 2023 at 15:34

Experience the breathtaking whale season in South Africa!

Welcome to Maîté Iphupho, your personal guide to the most enchanting destinations in South Africa. If you're seeking a unique holiday experience, there's no better time to visit than during the whale season. Each year, the shores of South Africa transform into a stage for one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world. Keep reading to discover why the whale season is an experience you shouldn't miss!



A spectacular encounter with the giants of the sea:

Between June and November, Southern Right Whales migrate from the cold waters of Antarctica to the warmer coastal waters of South Africa. These whales are renowned for their impressive size, with adult males reaching up to 16 meters in length and weighing up to 60 tons. Females are slightly smaller but still imposing at approximately 14 meters long.


Whale behaviour during the season:

The whale season in South Africa not only offers the chance to see whales but also to witness their fascinating behaviours. During this period, the whales come to the coastal waters to mate, give birth, and nurse their calves. This provides beautiful sightings of acrobatic leaps from the water, also known as "breaching," where whales propel their giant bodies out of the water and make spectacular landings. You can also witness their characteristic tail flukes, known as "fluking," as they dive beneath the surface. It's a spectacle that will leave you speechless.


The best spots for whale watching:

If you opt for a trip to South Africa during the whale season, you have several locations to choose from for experiencing these magnificent creatures up close. Hermanus is renowned as one of the world's best places for whale watching. From the coast or even from the cliff paths, you can enjoy unparalleled views of the whales in the bay. False Bay also offers great opportunities for whale sightings, especially from Simon's Town. Plettenberg Bay, along the scenic Garden Route, is also a top destination for whale enthusiasts.


A unique blend of adventure and relaxation:

Apart from admiring these majestic sea creatures, a trip to South Africa during the whale season offers numerous other adventures and relaxation opportunities. Explore the stunning coastline and enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, and 4x4 trips in the picturesque landscape. Go on a safari and spot wildlife in their natural habitat. Relax on enchanting beaches, where you can relish the soothing sounds of the ocean and the breathtaking beauty of the coast. Experience the rich culture and history of South Africa by visiting vibrant cities like Cape Town, where you can indulge in delicious food, explore local markets, and climb Table Mountain for a stunning view. Whether you're a wine lover or simply seeking an unforgettable travel experience, the wine regions of South Africa promise to capture your heart and enchant your senses.


With a trip to South Africa during the whale season, you get the best of both worlds!


Experience the unforgettable whale season in South Africa, a travel experience that will stay with you for a long time! Enjoy exciting whale safaris in collaboration with Hermanus Whale Watchers , some of whose photos in this blog post are used with permission, giving you a glimpse of the beautiful whales you can see during your journey.


Get ready to witness one of the world's most impressive natural spectacles.

We understand that planning a trip to South Africa can be an exciting yet sometimes overwhelming task. Let us help you create the perfect travel experience during the whale season. We'll take care of all the details, from flights and accommodations to arranging unforgettable whale safaris and other exciting activities.

With Maîté Iphupho, you won't have to worry about a thing except enjoying your trip!


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