Coastal drive - Gordon’s Bay
Betty’s Bay - Penguin Colony or
Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
2Hr Boat Based Whale Watching
Hermanus - Late Lunch
Sir Lowry’s Pass
Duration +/- 10hrs
7:30am Hotel Pick-up
Qualified local Guide
All Entrance Fees
5:30pm Hotel Drop-off
Stony Point or
Lunch - Own Account
Boat Based Whale Watching was first established in South Africa about 15 years ago and since then it has grown in popularity. The ability to see these amazing sea giants up close is something quite unlike anything you will ever experience. “These gentle giants leave you deeply aware of how insignificant we are in the greater picture.” These giants are 8 - 10 times the average size of a male elephant and so “ugly it becomes breathtakingly beautiful”. Unlike, most of the commercial whale watching companies, we have found that the best whale watching location is a little past the coast of Hermanus. We take the extra time, and take a slightly longer trip out of Cape Town to Gansbaai (roughly 2 hours) to the true whale watchers paradise, the cliff of De Kelders and using the pioneers in the whale watching industry, “Ivanhoe Sea Safaris” we treat you to the best whale watching experience you could ever imagine, and one you will never forget.
We have made sure your 2 hour journey is not wasted and filled it with interesting highlights along the way. In just 20 minutes you will be out of the city center and traveling down the Overberg south coastal route to Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bag and Betty’s Bay. This route is amazingly picturesque and is an enjoyable way to set the mood for the day ahead.
We travel beneath Sir Lowry’s Pass on the left and on the right you will just sheer cliff faces that drop off into the Indian Ocean below. As you near your destination of Betty’s Bay, you will be mesmerized by how unspoiled the beaches are and how they just seem to stretch on for miles.
The penguin’s breeding ground is positioned near an uninhibited whaling station that shut down in 1930. While operational roughly 300 whales were slaughtered each year for their oil. Once the station became abandoned, the penguins started making use of it as their breeding grounds.
The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden is sheltered between the mountainside and the sea. It is a place that is said to, ‘Feed the Soul”. It is perhaps the Cape’s lushest region, home to 1600 diverse plant species including cape reeds, heats, sugar bushes and cone bushes.
From there, we travel on through Hermanus to the seaside town of Gansbaai. The magnificent cliffs of De Kelders and the un-spoilt beaches aptly named Pearly Beach, offers the most exclusive and perfect land-based whale watching destinations.
In Gansbaai, we make use of the whale watching pioneers Ivanhoe Sea Safaris to take us out on a 2hour whale-watching journey you will never forget. Their purpose built boat and strict number restrictions make it possible to get the full experience of observing these amazing creatures at play.
Once the 2 hour boat trip is over, we head back along the coast to Hermanus for a late lunch (own account). This town has so much to see and discover. Its beauty is unmatched, there are adventure options, and it has contemporary up-market shops and fresh infrastructure. You can even continue with more land-based whale watching or casually roam the different arts and craft stalls that are in abundance.
We then head off along the N2 to our final destination of the Peregrine Farm Stall. This farm stall is about old-fashioned values and quality along with a moral family experience. Generations of locals have bought and sold their produce from this farm stall and travelers from all over the world find it jam-packed with local produce from all the neighboring farms. You will find almost anything you can think of in this farm stall, as long as it is fresh.
The tour itinerary order is reliant on on the launch times available from the “Ivanhoe Sea Safaris”. Although their vessel is capable of carrying 40 people they restrict the number of passengers to 25, we know this proved a quality viewing that is unequaled. The boat trips we work around are the 10am (reverse order) and 1pm (as described).