Saturday, 24. August 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.
Although large mammals, like rhinoceros, lion, elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus occurred in the Western Cape in the 17th and 18th century, these unfortunately had to make way for civilisation. A number of reserves in the Western Cape have reintroduced these animals. However, when in Fynbos one should 'think small'.
The small-leaved, low-growing vegetation with very few trees is not very nutritious for large grazing animals, and one would rather find small browsers. The animal life has been adapted to the harsh conditions of long, dry and hot summers, cold and wet winters, unpalatable plants and frequent fires.
Bontebok is the rarest antelope species in South Africa, and endemic to the Western Cape. Other animals include Grysbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck, Cape Mountain Zebra, Leopard, Chacma Baboon, Cape Clawless Otter, Rock Hyrax, Porcupine, and a number of mongoose species.