A group of whale watchers were given the sighting of a lifetime when a southern right whale made a very close approach.

A tour group with Southern Right Charters were out on the water in the morning on Monday, September 28 when the whale swam next and rolled onto its side as it passed the boat.


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The whale season is in full swing in the Cape, with southern right and humpback whales making their way along our coast. They make their way to the warmer waters to mate, clave and rear their young before returning to the cold seas of Antarctica.

Often whale watching groups get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures and if they’re lucky get treated to a show of breaching and lobtailing. However, getting this close is not a common occurrence.

Southern Right Charters run their trips from New Harbour in Hermanus in catamarans. The company are allowed to approach whales up to 50m, with the whale then deciding if it wants to come closer.

The whale specialist guide provides information and insight into these animals while you are watching them in action.

During whale season their rates are:

Adults – R950

Students / Seniors – R850

Childern (under 14) – R480

Children (under 5) – Free

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