WHALE WATCHING TIPS
THE BEST TIME FOR WHALE WATCHING IN SOUTH AFRICA & LEARNING THE LINGO
We’ve already spoken about our top spots for whale watching in South Africa, but we thought we’d give these gentle giants a bit more attention. Here is our breakdown on when to go and what your guide means when he says ‘lobtailing’.
When to Go
All year round South African waters are home to dolphins, whales, seals and African penguins, but if you want to see whales, you need to be a bit more careful with your dates. During ‘whale season’ is the ideal time to explore the South African coasts, taking in its spectacular views and quaint little towns, and witness the migration of the Humpback, Brydes and Southern Right whales.
Southern Right Whales
June to November is whale season for the Southern Rights. If you’re on the look out for baby whales, July and August is peak calving season.
The Humpbacks tend to arrive a little bit earlier. From May through to December they’ll move along the coast from Hermanus to their breeding grounds in Mozambique and Madagascar
Brydes Whales and Orcas
Both of these species can be spotted year around. However, they are more difficult to spot – so be on the lookout!
Breaking Down the Lingo
If you’re going to go whale watching, why not embrace your inner marine biologist and throw around some whale-watching lingo. It’s a surefire way to become your guide’s favourite.
Rising and breaking through the water’s surface.
Blowing / Spouting
Exhaling air and blowing water through the blowhole.
Lifting the tail above the water before diving.
Lifting the tail vertically above the water and then slapping it on the water’s surface.
Lifting the head out of the water to look around.
lying in the water with the back and head above and the tail below.