Whale Watching At The Southernmost Tip Of Africa

Embark on an epic ocean safari with Cape Agulhas Whale Watching at the Southernmost tip of Africa. Launch from Struisbaai’s quaint fishing harbour and cruise along the bay inside the spectacular De Mond Nature Reserve with its endless stretch of sunkissed beach and then onward past the Heuningsrivier lagoon toward Arniston. Feel the exhilaration of witnessing Southern Right Whales spy-hopping, breaching and lob-tailing in the cool azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Added to this is the chance of seeing stingrays, dolphins, sunfish, seals, seabirds and if you are lucky you may even spot a Great White Shark cruising past. Cape Agulhas Whale Watching trips run from the beginning of June to the end of November (peak Southern Right Whale season). The ocean safaris are unfortunately not suitable for children under the age of eight.

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About

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Cape Agulhas Whale Watching is the only whale watching company that operates at the Southernmost tip of Africa, making your experience truly unique.

Your friendly hosts are brothers. Timotheus and John Marthinus was born and bred in Struisbaai. The two are proud to say that they come from a long line of fishermen and could quite possibly have salt water running through their veins.

Your charter is an 8.9m Bud-Cat powered by two-140hp engines and is licensed to carry 10 passengers, meaning the trips are uncrowded and intimate.

Your skipper, Frederick Neethling, has over 25 years worth of experience and just like the brothers, knows the ocean like the back of his hand.

Cost

Cost

Cape Agulhas Whale Watching runs from the beginning of June to the end of November (peak Southern Right Whale season) and charge:

  • R800 per person (minimum of 4 passengers)
  • R8,000 for full boat charter
What to Expect

What to Expect

Expect to spend an hour-and-a-half out at sea.

Each passenger is fitted with a life-jacket after which a brief yet informative talk is given on what animals to look out for and the route that will be taken.  

Light snacks (crisps or peanuts) and bottled water are provided onboard and are included in the price.  

What to bring:

  • Warm jacket
  • Sun-hat or beanie
  • Sunblock
  • Comfortable shoes
Southern Right Whales

Southern Right Whales

Each year, Southern Right Whales make their way to South Africa’s southern coastline from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. Here, in the safety of sheltered bays with warmer water they give birth and raise their young, and if the mood calls for it, breed.

This yearly event takes place between June and December with numbers peaking between August and September.

Below you can find some interesting facts about these magnificent creatures:

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Scientific name

  • Eubalaena australis

Appearance

  • Black colouration with callosities on the head
  • No dorsal fin

Length

  • Adults measure up to 18m (females are larger than males)
  • Newborn calves measure about 4.5m

Weight

  • Adults weigh up to 60 tons
  • Newborns calves weigh about one ton

Blow

  • Two blow-holes create a distinctive V-shaped blow that can measure up to 4 meters in height

Lifespan

  • 50-100 years

Diet

  • Tiny crustaceans like copepods, krill and pteropods (yummy)

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