The luxury of watching whales from the sky
Luxury whale watching
From June to December each year, magnificent southern right whales journey from the icy Antarctic to the sheltered bays of South Africa’s Western Cape to mate and calve. If you choose to visit Walker Bay (Hermanus) on a luxury holiday, you can bear witness to these majestic creatures of the deep by walking the cliffs and pathways with knowledgeable guides that will take you to the best viewing posts.
You can board a luxury whale watching boat in Gansbaai to get up close and personal to the whales on the water. The trip will be led by a marine biologist and you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins, seals and great white sharks while out on the ocean.
However, the most luxurious way to watch whales in the Western Cape is arguably by air. Take to the skies for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the whales, and get a real impression of the size of these mammals. These airborne whale safaris are a photographer’s dream as your whale watching aircraft is an ideal means of snapping an incredible shot of mothers with their newborn calves, or large mating groups.
You can opt for a 30-minute, 45-minute or one hour flight spent gazing mesmerised down at these marine giants while they swim or play in the waters of the Walker Bay coast. You can then even extend your flight to explore other destinations in the region, such as Cape Agulhas, the Swartberg Pass, De Hoop Nature Reserve, and some of the country’s best wine estates. Your journey will be sure to be memorable and can be customised to suit your needs.
The small coastal town of Hermanus has been recognised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to be one of the 12 best destinations in the world to watch whales breach and spyhop close to the shoreline. The close proximity that you can get to these wonders of the wild, as well as the pristine environment of the region, is truly awe-inspiring.
After a day spent spellbound, you can then return to your luxury accommodation in the area. An eco-reserve, such as Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, allows you to enjoy the tranquility of 2,500 hectares of pristine wilderness tucked between mountains, forest and sea, and the two private villas are in harmony with nature, while never compromising on style. So, after your bucket-list experience of watching whales from the air, you can recount the memories in your private swimming pool with panoramic sea views, before rounding off the day with a delectable meal cooked by your private chef.
For a whale of a time in South Africa, contact Elite Travel Concept to organise every detail of a luxury vacation spent in awe of nature and the marine world.