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Whale Watching in South Africa

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There are several locations around the world where one can enjoy whale watching, but few can compare to South Africa. In June, the Southern Right whales leave their sub-antarctic feeding grounds and migrate north to mate and calve in the warmer waters of the protected rocky bays and inlets that occur along the South African coastline. From Cape Town, along to Hermanus, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay and Port Elizabeth, these magnificent mammals can be seen from the shore, their antics providing hours of entertainment for travellers intent on playing witness as literally tonnes of aquatic beast breach and tail-slap as if to order.

Hermanus

Hermanus provides the perfect base, with elevated views of the bay from the rugged cliff-top paths. The ‘Whale Crier’ patrols the streets blowing a kelp horn to inform passers-by of the best sightings of the day. From July through to October, good sightings can be almost guaranteed – and although Hermanus is well known for this, don’t discount sightings at other seaside towns.

De Hoop

For a more laid back place to stay and see the whales, the De Hoop will fit the bill. This place used to be the retreat of Presidents of South Africa up to the end of apartheid and subsequently is set in a beautiful bay and the land around is now a reserve for wildlife. Imagine standing on a sandy dune  watching whales in front of you while not far behind you are zebra browsing on the fynbos. This is a great place to relax, bike around and swim in the sea while being aware of the history of the place.

A tour of the Cape Peninsular, a stroll on the beach at Knysna or Plettenberg Bay, or a stay at Jeffrey’s Bay will also prove rewarding, and all can be combined in a self-drive route along this southern coast – please see “South African Highlights”.

Photographs by kind permission South Africa Tourism

SAT Hermanus          SAT Humpback whale

Cape Town Golf Break

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A stay in Cape Town provides a great opportunity to play some of the world renowned golf course in the region. From the keen golfer to the casually interested, Cape Town and the surrounding area has so much to offer. Here is just one itinerary idea….

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Cape Town Golf Break

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town
Day 2: Royal Cape Golf Club
Day 3: Erinvale Golf Estate
Day 4: Clovelly Golf Course
Day 5: Steenberg Golf Estate
Day 6: Arabella Golf Course
Day 7: Depart Cape Town
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From the keen golfer to the casually interested, Cape Town and the surrounding area has so much to offer. And whether you play as a club or society member, or are simply keen to travel with a small group of friends, we can tailor your holiday to suit you. Here is just one itinerary idea…

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town
Arrive into Cape Town set against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain. Arrive in the morning; if you wish there will be time to enjoy an orientation tour of the city perhaps taking in the V&A Waterfront, the Company’s Garden, Camps Bay and the city centre.

Day 2: Royal Cape Golf Club
Your first golfing experience in your holiday at the Cape will be at the Royal Cape Golf Club. In the afternoon, visit the windswept UN World Heritage Site Robben Island; famous for having been the prison in which Nelson Mandela spent much of his 27 years of incarceration.

Day 3: Erinvale Golf Estate
You will be transferred to the Erinvale Golf Estate outside Somerset West. Play a round of golf. From here, you will continue on a guided tour through the heart of the Winelands, Stellenbsoch, set against the cool slopes of the Helderberg mountains.

Day 4: Clovelly Golf Course
You will be transferred to the Clovelly Golf Course for a round of golf. Then, continue along the False Bay coast through Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town, toward Cape Point, where you can see the Cape of Good Hope. Journey back to Cape Town via Scarborough, the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Llandudno and Camps Bay.

Day 5: Steenberg Golf Estate
Transfer to the Steenberg Golf Estate for a round of golf.

Day 6: Arabella Golf Course
You will be transferred to the Arabella Golf Course, a scenic 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town taking you over the mountainous Sir Lowry’s Pass. After your round of golf, continue to Hermanus. At the right time of year you may see Southern Rights breaching and floating on the sea, their backs reflecting the sunlight. Drive back via the scenic coastal road of Clarence Drive.

Day 7: Depart Cape Town
Return to the airport and fly home.

CPT Erinvale  CPT Steen  CPT TMnt2

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