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WHALE WATCHING

There are many destinations around the world to view whales due to their migratory life. Southbroom is fast becoming one of the best.

The Whale Route starts along the south of Cape Town and extends to Durban, 1,200 plus miles of whale watching coastline. At least 37 species of whales and dolphins can be found in the waters off South Africa. However, the Route is most famous for encounters with southern right whales, humpback whales, and several coastal dolphin species.

Humpback whale breaching - they are capable of lifting almost all of their 40 odd tons out of the water.

The whales migrate south during the summer months when supplies of krill are more prolific, and north during winter and spring to mate, calve and rear their young. They appear around the South African coastline from May to December and can be seen interacting in sheltered bays and coves close inshore and near river mouths.

Southbroom has many elevated vantage points from which to enjoy the whales - Main Beach, The Outlook, Granny's Pool and the Southbroom Golf Club verandah. For those out on the golf course, sightings from the 4th and 5th tee boxes are spectacular.  Whales breach, lobtail and engage in courtship rituals - often as close as 50 metres from the shore.

The humpback whales are seen as they migrate along our coast between May and November en-route to their feeding and breeding grounds off Mozambique and Angola. The whales travel close to shore on occasion, particularly along the lower South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal where the continental shelf is close to the land.

The southern right makes use of extreme coastal waters along the southern and south-eastern coastal region of the Cape, and sometimes as far north as southern KwaZulu-Natal.


Boat-based whale-watching, previously only associated with the Western Cape, is gaining momentum in the province with a greater variety of species being spotted off the KwaZulu Natal coast.

The KwaZulu Natal whale season starts on July 1 and continues until November.