WHALE WATCHING TOUR CAPE TOWN – HERMANUS – PLETTENBERG BAY
Whale and dolphin watching tour. 3 x Nights from ZAR 9 950 per person sharing.
This four day and three night whale and dolphin watching tour is designed to be linked to any other tours, packages and charters offered by Oceans Africa in the Cape Town and the Garden Route regions. The tour offers guided transfers and accommodation to combine the best of land-based whale watching opportunities in the Hermanus area with boat-based whale and dolphin charters in Plettenberg Bay
DAY 1: CAPE TOWN – HERMANUS From Cape Town we follow the old coast road through an area of rugged mountains and sweeping bays to reach the popular seaside town of Hermanus by the early afternoon. Set upon low coastal cliffs Hermanus is an ideal place for the seasonal, land based observation of southern right whales. From the cliff-top elevation the whales often lie just beneath you in the shallows, allowing the unique opportunity to take your time and observe them at close quarters without disturbance of any kind. Whilst in Hermanus we will also visit the local vineyards and will of course have ample opportunity to sample the local product.
DAY 2: HERMANUS – PLETTENBERG BAY, GARDEN ROUTE From Hermanus we travel inland through the wheat fields of the Southern Cape to the historic and beautifully situated town of Swellendam – South Africa’s third oldest after Cape Town – and its interesting museum complex. Our next port-of-call is Mossel Bay, the first landfall on Africa’s east coast by the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488. The local maritime museum is built around a replica of the Caravel used on that epic voyage. Also of interest is the Old Post Office Tree, a 800-year-old milkwood, under which letters were left for passing ships. Leaving Mossel Bay we journey through the Wilderness Lakes District and the town of Knysna to reach Plettenberg Bay in the late afternoon for sun-downers overlooking the bay.
DAY 3: PLETTENBERG BAY DAY TOUR Day three is set aside for exploring Plettenberg Bay and surrounds. We start the morning with a close encounter whale and dolphin watching charter – searching the bay for different species (like humpback and the Bryde’s whales) and learning more about their behavior and biology. The vessel is officially licensed to conduct close encounters and may legally approach whales to within 50 meters – an up close and personal encounter never to be forgotten. The afternoon is left open for a wide choice of activities (not included as prices vary) from scuba diving and bungi jumping to simply relaxing. Overnight in Plettenberg Bay
DAY 4: TOUR END Transfers to George Airport or Port Elizabeth can be arranged on your behalf. Additional days in Plettenberg Bay can easily be arranged with a wide variety of activities, accommodation and transport options to suit your individual requirements.
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