If you’re interested in whale watching, you probably know that there are many whale hotspots from Strand all the way past Hermanus. But whales come and go as they please. How can you increase your chances of seeing them this whale season?
Why not try a whale watching day trip?
Wake up after a fantastic 4-star slumber at Strand Beach Lodge and help yourself to a hearty breakfast before you hit the whale route in the direction of Betty’s Bay. You’ll be driving along one of South Africa’s most scenic routes, so stop over at any of the viewpoints or protected beaches such as Kogel Bay, to start your whale watching.
You’ll reach Betty’s Bay in about half an hour’s drive. A great stop here is the Stony Point Penguin Colony. Give your whale watching background a black and white foreground, as you watch these little cuties waddle around and zip through the waves. If you’re finding yourself parched at this time, visit the Harold Porter Botanical Garden for some tea under the trees.
Keep your eyes peeled as you make your way through Kleinmond and finally reach Hermanus. Choose one of the many fine restaurants overlooking the ocean and watch the whales play as you eat your lunch. Relax and take in the magnificence of these gigantic creatures before you start making your way back.
Take the same scenic route back to double your chances of whale sightings. If you’re up for some wine tastings, stop at some of South Africa’s best Pinot Noir wine estates in the Hemel-en-Aarde Vallei. This is after all where the whale and wine routes meet to form… well, heaven on earth.
End off your day back at Strand Beach Lodge with some sundowners at your private luxury villa and who knows – you might get one last glimpse of an ocean giant hurling itself out of the water in front of your villa.
If this all sounds great but you don’t feel like driving – no problem! Let us arrange a chauffeur for you, so you don’t miss out on any of the views (or wines).
Book a stay with us now and let the whale watching adventure begin! Villa can be booked as a whole and accommodates groups of up to 8 guests. Couple Specials available to book via phone only – please call Anneme at +27 82 372 3012.