Luxury adventure Cape Whale Coast, South Africa - private package

Southern Right Whale breaching - as seen by guests from Birkenhead House in Hermanus on the Cape Whale Coast South Africa

SPECTACULAR SEASONAL WHALE WATCHING ON THE CAPE WHALE COAST - BOTH FROM LAND AND SEA

Top reasons to choose a luxury adventure on the Cape Whale Coast

Spectacular and easily accessible whale watching

A large number of migratory Southern Right Whales seasonally enter the calm waters of the Cape Whale Coast to mate and give birth before returning to their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. Whale watching may be done from vantage positions along the cliff paths, on a specialized whale watching boat trip, or during a low-altitude light aircraft scenic coastal flight. At the height of the whale watching season, upward of a hundred whales may be spotted on one flight. (This aircraft has a low noise signature and whale researchers who have participated agree that there is no sign of reaction from the whales when the aircraft pass overhead.) 

Amazing boat-based marine encounters 

Eco boat trips are available year round, and provide an opportunity to spot and observe Cape fur seals, various species of dolphins and sharks, a variety of sea birds including penguins, and possibly a resident Bryde's whale or a Humpback whale passing through.

Great White Shark diving

Shark Cage Diving has in recent years become a popular extreme sport and a luxury stay on the Cape Whale Coast provides the opportunity of viewing Great White Sharks in their own natural territory, from within the protection of a steel cage. These shark cage diving trips combine goose bump thrills with valuable education provided by shark experts and researchers. 

Endangered African penguins

The African Penguin (also called Jackass Penguin) is a rare and endangered flightless bird found only along the Southern African coastline. It mainly colonizes offshore islands and nests on the mainland only at three sites in South Africa, one of which is the site at Stony Point.Take a leisurely stroll along a board walk to view these endearing birds on the beach.

Pristine white sandy beaches and spectacular coastal dunes in unspoiled natural surroundings

Numerous beautiful long white sandy beaches can be found along this stretch of coastline and even during high season, the holiday crowds are not overwhelming. Further down the coast, the isolated 36 000 hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve is a beautiful exclusive coastal reserve that offers 50km of pristine coastline, limestone cliffs, low-tide rock pools, wetlands, coastal fynbos, various antelope and bird species, azure blue Indian ocean waters, and huge spectacular white sand dunes.

Outdoor adventures

Your luxury seaside experience could include numerous outdoor adventures, depending on where you stay. Apart from whale watching, shark cage diving and other boat-based or land-based marine encounters, choose from sand boarding or playing in the dunes, rock pool snorkeling, low tide guided marine walks, coastal  trails or hikes in the mountains, bird watching kayak excursions or sea kayaking, horse riding and horseback vineyard tours, golf, leisurely bike rides or adventurous mountain biking, birding, scenic strolls along the cliff paths, or even deep-sea fishing. 

Cape Agulhas - southernmost tip of Africa

A stone cairn marks the point at Cape Agulhas where two great oceans meet: the Indian ocean to your left and the Atlantic Ocean to your right. The often sharp winds and the raw energy of the place creates a feeling of standing on the edge of the earth. Climb to the top of the historic light house, built in the mid nineteenth century to warn passing ships of the treacherous Agulhas reef that has claimed many ships over the years. Alternatively take in the southernmost tip of Africa from the air on a spectacularly scenic light aircraft flight around Cape Agulhas. On the way pass over shipwrecks, 1000 year old fish traps, deserted pristine beaches, river estuaries, seals at Quoin Point, Southern Right whales in season, and possibly sharks at Dyer Island, dolphins, Bryde's whales and Humpback whales.

Attractive towns and charming villages

The attractive town of Hermanus and the charming village of Stanford offer quaint shops, village markets, artist studios, art galleries, a micro-brewery, artisanal cheese, excellent sea food and fabulous country cooking.

Modern award-wining Overberg wineries offering exclusive distinctive wines

The Hemel-en-Aarde valley has in recent years become an acclaimed wine district and now boasts three renowned appelations on the Hermanus wine route. Of special note is the wide range of exquisite food and wine pairing options that are available at Creation Wines. The nearby Stanford wine route exudes a tranquil rural atmosphere while the Elim wine route is known for passionate winemakers who create excellent vintages under challenging conditions on the windswept Agulhas coastal plains. Overberg wines are characterized by a particularly strong maritime influence - the cool climate sets the pace for slow-ripening grapes bursting with flavor and character. Spend a morning or a day sampling not only premium quality wines but also irresistible slow-cooked natural country cuisine.

Natural extension to either a Cape Town or Cape Winelands itinerary, or both

A leisurely drive from Cape Town or the Cape Winelands along a scenic rural road will soon get you to the start of the Cape Whale Coast. Spectacular helicopter or light aircraft transfers are also available, especially if your destination is on the eastern side of the Cape Whale Coast.

Unwind before or after your luxury African safari

Beach-and-bush combination safari trips are becoming increasingly popular. Before or after your luxury African safari, take some time out in luxury Cape Whale Coast accommodation: relax, walk, jog or picnic on the pristine white beaches; take a refreshing dip in the ocean; play with your kids on the sand dunes or join them in exploring the inter-tidal rock pools; indulge in a massage; soak up the sun next to a seaside infinity swimming pool; or in winter snuggle up next to a roaring log fire with the sound of crashing waves in your ears. And when you get energetic, participate in some of the many outdoor adventures available on the Cape Whale Coast.

Our preferred luxury accommodation on the unspoiled Cape Whale Coast

On request your personal itinerary could include alternative luxury hotels on the Cape Whale Coast.

Best time of year for a luxury adventure on the Cape Whale Coast

The weather on the Cape Whale Coast is moderate all year round. The region has a mediterranean climate. July and August are the wettest months although this period can also present many lovely sunny days. December and February are usually the hottest months. Cooler weather in spring and autumn are good for hiking and other outdoor adventures. Winter is great for hearty wholesome country cuisine and excellent wines. The Southern Right Whales visit the Cape Whale Coast from approximately June to November, with the highest number usually present from August to October.  Chances of observing Great White sharks from the surface are excellent from April through to December. Underwater cage diving conditions are best from May to August. However note that this period corresponds with winter on the Cape Whale Coast and the shark boats cannot launch in stormy weather. Diving opportunities are often limited from September through March due to a lack of underwater visibility. April to June are the best months for viewing the African penguin colony at Stony Point Beach. 

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