De Hoop Nature Reserve
From June till November the greatest concentration of Southern Right Whales of South Africa’s coast can be found here. Whales often come very close to the shore and De Hoop Nature Reserve is an excellent whale watching spot.
The southern right whale is quite dark and has spots of white or grey on the back. The head is full of callosities: wart-like bumps in different shapes and sizes. The length of adult whales ranges from about 14-18 meters.
Apart from watching the whales: you can walk past 30 metres high sand dunes to wide unspoilt beaches along the Indian Ocean, and swim in sparkling aqua blue rock pools. View zebra’s, bonteboks and other game, together with birdlife as Cape vultures and flamingos along the riverside.
Witsand offers a 4 km long unspoilt beach: a clean, white beach with safe swimming. For the smaller children, there are calm swimming spots along the river. On a good day, a whale watcher may observe dozens of whales here. Other coastal towns worthwhile visiting are Arniston, Cape Agulhas, and Struisbaai.