Marine Mammals, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most incredible destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals. The waters surrounding Southern Africa boast 40 different kinds of marine mammal. It is in Plettenberg Bay that the Dolphin and Whale-watching industry is most organised.
As well as trips on big, dry, comfortable boats, which are easy to board, and can even accommodate people in wheelchairs, Dolphin-watching kayak trips are also on offer and there are a number of scenic flights which provide good views of the Whales from the air.
Further north, on KwaZulu-Natal's south and north coasts, Humpback and Bottlenose Dolphins are also easily seen from boats and the Humpback Whales pass through on their migrations. Seal watching trips are on offer between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Visitors who come to South Africa in early June are in for a treat! This is the time when Southern Right Whales leave their Antarctic feeding ground for the warm waters of the Cape coast. A holiday of sorts, the Whales come here to mate and play.
The Whales are so easy to watch. In Cape Town, you can see them from the road, or even the train, anywhere along the False Bay coast, and they're distinctly visible on the western seaboard if you get high enough.