Western Cape Whale Route

The Whale Route has so much to offer from Mountains, Birds, Beaches, Whales, Wrecks, White Sharks & the Big 4.

Sir Lowry’s Pass is the gateway to the Overberg and the Eden Coastal Region from Cape Town. This road, built in 1958 opened up speedy access to the popular tourist destinations on the Whale Coast, and the southernmost point of Africa, Cape Agulhas.

The Overberg offers numerous attractions and activities: from land-based whale watching and wine tasting to water sport, hiking, mountain biking and the special Blue Crane Route where you can see these protected birds in their natural habitat, on the way to Agulhas at the southern point of Africa.

The coastal route from Cape Town takes you along the False Bay coastline through the small seaside towns of Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond to Hermanus the ‘Whale Capital’, over Stanford to Gansbaai (for White Shark diving) and CAPE AGULHAS where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet. The route continues inland to the charming country towns of Swellendam, and Riversdale.

De Hoop Nature Reserve offers a variation of accommodation types and outdoor activities based on sea, sand dunes and the vlei. Explore rare fynbos & plants; observe wading birds on the shores and a colony of endangered Cape vultures. Hikers and cyclists have close-up encounters with animals such as bontebok and Cape mountain zebra. Lazing on the beach and snorkeling in the many rock pools is simply another way of passing a rewarding day.

Cape Agulhas is being expanded to incorporate a number of privately owned farms and reserves that will lay side-by-side with working farms and settlements in one big mega reserve. This will see the southern-most part of South Africa again becoming a natural are re-introduced wildlife will roam free in a restored indigenous landscape.

Whale Route Accommodation

Vlei Cottage Entrance

De Hoop Nature Reserve


“Best Hiking Trails” Beyond the patchwork quilt of Bredasdorp’s farmlands, De Hoop Nature Reserve unfolds from the hill’s crest down to the pristine beaches.

Agulhas Guest House Entrance

Agulhas Country Lodge


“A Heaven of peace and tranquility at the southernmost tip of Africa.” Experience the southernmost tip of Africa, where the two oceans really meet.

Agulhas Guest House Entrance

Arniston Spa Hotel


“A place of Dreams” Set above a pristine beach, the luxurious four-star Arniston Spa Hotel is the pearl on this rugged Cape coastline – a haven of tranquility.

Whale Route Activities & Things to do

Marine Dynamics

Marine Dynamics is shark cage diving and viewing company based in Gansbaai, Western Cape. Offering Shark Tours as well as Marine Big 5 and whale watching tours.