Sunday, 17. February 2019
Overberg Whale Route(July-November)
Southern Right Whales start arriving in Walker Bay from June every year. Hermanus is being acknowledged by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as one of the 12 best whale-viewing sites in the world. From its rocky cliffs, whales can be seen from as close as 5 metres. By blowing a dried kelp horn, the world's only Whale Crier keeps us informed of the whereabouts of these massive mammals.
Our trip can include a scenic coastal drive, walk in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, with unrivalled views of Walker Bay, lunch at one of the many sea-food restaurants, whale watching along the 12 km-long scenic cliff path and a return drive along Houwhoek and Sir Lowrey's Passes.West Coast Whale Route(July-November)
Combine a whale watching trip along the West Coast with a visit to the West Coast National Park and the Postberg Nature Reserve to view spectacular displays of wild flowers (August - September). Southern Right Whales can be seen in sheltered bays all along the West Coast, and their locality, as well as the weather conditions and the availability of wild flowers on the particular day of the trip, will dictate the route that we will take.
A lunch stop at one of many fine restaurants will be included. Time permitting, we can also visit the West Coast Fossil Park. Our trip will be concluded with a photo-stop and sundowners at Blouberg Beach, with its magnificent view of Table Mountain.
Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
About 350 bird species can be seen in the Western Cape, making this region a hotspot for birdwatchers from all over the world. Fynbos endemics include Cape Siskin, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Rockjumper, Protea Canary, Victorin's Warbler and Hottentot Buttonquail.
The Western Cape is home to South Africa's National Bird, the Blue Crane. Other large birds that can be seen here include Ostrich (seen in the wild in nature reserves), Stanley's Bustard, White Stork and a variety of Heron. Raptors include Verreaux's (Black) Eagle, Cape Vulture, African Fish-Eagle, Martial Eagle, Osprey, Jackal Buzzard, African Marsh-Harrier, Black Harrier, Booted Eagle, African Goshawk, African Harrier-Hawk, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, Black Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Lanner Falcon, Rock and Lesser Kestrel.