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A Day on the Cape Whale Coast

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The Cape Whale Coast is the coastal and mountainous region east of Cape Town. Rural towns are dotted amidst green rolling hills, giving this region a distinctly different feel than the rest of the Western Cape. Local bistros and farm stalls are common places to eat, and activities include shark cage diving in Gansbaai and whale watching in Hermanus. Don't leave the coastal region without stopping at Cape Agulhas: the point at which the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
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Baden Powell Dr, South Africa
Baden Powell Drive is the road running between Muizenberg and Gordon's Bay along the False Bay shoreline. This route can be a nice alternative to the N2 highway when traveling East. To one side, you'll marvel at the beautiful blue waters of False...
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Helderberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town, 7130, South Africa
On the slopes of Helderberg Mountain (Afrikaans, meaning "Clear Mountain") lies the Helderberg Nature Reserve, a tranquil escape only an hour's drive outside of Cape Town. With the higher elevation, you can view the False Bay coastline while you...
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99 Beach Rd, Strand, Cape Town, 7139, South Africa
99 on Beach in Strand is a cafe/bar/restaurant with quite eclectic decor. Pieces of artwork are hung on every square inch of wall upstairs. This, combined with the sea-facing view, certainly gives you something to talk about while you wait for...
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Betty's Bay, 7141, South Africa
The Cape Whale Route lies east of Cape Town and is a scenic drive on R44 through villages and towns set along the Atlantic Ocean. Between August and October, the warm waters off the coast of the Cape Peninsula serve as breeding grounds for...
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1 Swart St, Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
If you're staying in Cape Town and want to see the great white shark in its natural environment, a short and beautiful drive to Gansbaai is a must do. Renting a vehicle from the Cape Town airport is easy, and for an economy size vehicle, it can be...
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Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
Hermanus has the best land-based whale watching opportunities in all of the Western Cape. Bientangs Cave is a restaurant built into a natural cave facing Walker Bay, extending down to the rocky area where tourists congregate to watch the whales....
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Main Road, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
Hermanus (thankfully no longer known as Hermanuspietersfontein) is famous for the Southern Right Whales that are known to frolic in Walker Bay. I heard you could see whales from the cliffs in Hermanus, but I was skeptical. The claim seemed like a...
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Betty's Bay, 7141, Western Cape, South Africa, Broadwith Rd, Betty's Bay, 7141, South Africa
One of the things I wanted to see while in South Africa last year was protea in bloom in its natural habitat. We saw lots of protea growing wild and in bloom all across the country, but we were a little early to see king protea in bloom. However,...
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41 Beach Rd, Gordons Bay Central, Cape Town, 7151, South Africa
I love an old bookstore — roaming through crowded aisles and shelves teeming with tomes is enough to convince even the most diehard digital fiend that books are not dead. When in Gordon's Bay, about 45 minutes from Cape Town, for the Festival of...
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5 Geelbek St, Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
The small town of Gansbaai, about an hour and a half from Cape Town, South Africa, is the Great White Shark capital of the world. Every winter scores of these ocean giants descend on the small channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known...
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Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
Observe, don't disturb. That's Southern Right Charter's motto when it comes to operating their whale watching expeditions just off the coast of Hermanus. Each year, Southern Right Whales (June - November) and Humpbacks (May - December) travel...
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R43, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
Grootbos sits on a stretch of coast famed for its fynbos, an incredibly diverse natural shrubland. Guests may see one of 765 plant species while hiking the property’s trails. The ocean’s “big five” are the other draw: Boat trips from Walker Bay...