• Kalkbay
  • marine big 5
  • fynbos
  • Dyer Island

Fair Trade Whale Watching Tour

Discover the Marine Big 5, whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins, on this Fair Trade Tourism accredited whale watching tour.

DAY 1: Arrival

Arrival at Cape Town international airport, where you will pick up your rental car (Group B Ford Figo or similar). Make your way to your accommodation set on the coast in the village of Kalkbay on the Cape Peninsula. Kalk Bay is a historical, but trendy fishing village with an interesting selection of delis, restaurants, bars, antique stores, second-hand bookshops, fashion boutiques, jewellers, craft shops, and art galleries. Visit the working harbour to watch the fishermen offload their catch from colourful fishing boats.

The remainder of day is left to relax and enjoy the spectacular views across False Bay. From your accommodation you will be most likely to spot some southern right whales or walk up the mountain behind Chartfield for an even better bird’s eye view. 

Overnight  at Chartfield Guesthouse – Deluxe Room on BB basis.

DAY 2-3: Whale watching around Cape Town

Days at leisure to explore the Cape Peninsula, its nearby beaches on both the False Bay and Atlantic Ocean side, Chapman’s Peak Drive, and Cape Town City. There are many land-based whale watching stops along the coast, but don’t forget to visit Cape Point National Park, historical Simon’s Town, and Boulders Beach penguin colony.

Please note all activities and sightseeing are on a self-drive basis and entries are for your own account. Guided full day and half day City and Cape Peninsula tours are available on request.

Overnight  at Chartfield Guesthouse – Deluxe Room on BB basis.

DAY 4: Hermanus

Self-drive via the spectacular coastal road through Betty’s Bay and Hermanus, the self-proclaimed whale capital of South Africa. The drive along the rugged and beautiful coastline is great for land-based whale watching. Stop off at Betty’s Bay to visit the second land-based penguin colony.

Continue in the direction of Gansbaai and onto Farm 215 fynbos reserve. The farm is situated on an 800 ha reserve on the Fynbos Route between Stanford and Cape Agulhas. The retreat aims to be one of the pioneers in sustainable hospitality in South Africa.

Overnight at Farm215 – Homestead Suite on BB basis.

DAY 5: Whale Watching Boat Cruise

Drive the short distance to Kleinbaai for a two to three hour boat cruise with Dyer Island Cruises, offering some of the best whale watching opportunities in the area. Dyer Island Cruises have a licence that allows them to approach the whales as close as 50 m. However these intelligent and inquisitive animals often approach the boat real close up, in which case they are allowed to stay put. On this trip you will not only be looking out for Southern Right Whales (June – December), but also the remainder of the Marine Big Five, including Great White Sharks, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals, and Dolphins.

Dyer Island Cruises are actively involved in coastal conservation and a percentage of their income is donated to the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board. They are also committed to community upliftment by training local guides, distributing handcrafted cards to clients after boat trips, and making an annual donation to the Silwejare Old Age Home. 

Overnight at Farm215 – Homestead Suite on BB basis.

DAY 6: Cape Agulhas

Travel to the heart of the Garden Route via Cape Agulhas, Africa’s most Southern point and where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans converge. Continue along the N2 through Mosselbay to the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. This tranquil and charming seaside town was originally christened Bahia Formosa, meaning beautiful bay, by the early Portuguese explorers. The area is popular for miles of sweeping, unspoilt beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, unpolluted lagoons and estuaries, the nearby Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest, and of course for the visiting whales.

Here you will check into Hog Hollow Country Lodge, an excellent example of high quality accommodation being managed by the local Xhosa community.

Overnight a Suite at Hog Hollow Country Lodge on BB basis.

 DAY 7-8: Garden Route Whale Watching

Plenty of time to explore Robberg beaches & Peninsula, the Outeniqua mountain range, and quirky arts & crafts shops of Plet. For the more adventurous, you can bungee jump off Gouritz bridge or discover Tsitsikamma’s treetops with a Canopy Tour.

Included in the tour price is an Ocean Blue Adventures Close Encounter Whale boat tour (July-November). Their boat traverses into the middle of the bay, where groups of migrating Southern Right, Humpback, and Bryde’s whales may be observed close up together with of Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins and Cape fur seals. Ocean Blue also has a special licence to approach whales up to 50 m. Close Encounters is not only FTT accredited, but was also awarded the WWF Green trust Award in 2001 for their work on eco-tourism and sustainable tourism in Plettenberg Bay. 

Overnight a Suite at Hog Hollow Country Lodge on BB basis.

DAY 9: Departure

After breakfast continue to either Port Elizabeth or George, where you can drop off your rental car, in time for your onward travel arrangements.

Amakhala Safari Add-on

Continue to the malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Amakhala is a successful conservation project, which has seen the reintroduction of various game species, including black & white rhino. A range of activities are on offer, including day & night game drives, bird watching, river boat cruises & canoeing, guided walks, and picnic lunches. Please note that water-based activities are dependent on the water levels of the Bushmans River.

Overnight at Woodbury Lodge or HillsNek Safaris on FB basis with house beverages and two safari activities per day.

Prices available on request.

Fair Trade Tourism

Fair Trade Tourism is a new and ground-breaking initiative, allowing you to extend your ethical purchasing decisions beyond everyday products, such as coffee, tea and fruit. You can now include holidays that guarantee a better life for the people of South Africa.

This package has been Fair Trade Tourism certified and as part of this process Baobab Travel, as a company, has been fully audited. The certification has clear standards of supporting disadvantaged producers and staff along the whole supply chain, with fair trading standards and prices, and a fair trade premium for social development in South Africa. This new certification gives BAOBAB Travel the opportunity to realise forms of travel that are economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable.

All accommodation and activities used in any Fair Trade Tourism certified package are also Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa certified products.

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The above itinerary is a suggested sample tour and can be tailored to suit your requirements, interests and budget.

Price is subject to availability and subject to change due to currency fluctuation and peak season supplements.

Terms and Conditions apply.

 

When

From January - December

Length of stay

9 Days

Includes

8 Nights accommodation on mostly BB basis, 9 Days car hire, 2x boat whale watching trips (Jul-Nov)

"You realize how precious natural material and reserves are and you start to be careful not to waste. I hope very much that my stay benefits local people - Mafia Island, Tanzania"

- Sunna Altnoder

 
 
 
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