Many people go to South Africa in search of the Big 5… the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. But have you heard of The Marine Big 5? They are just as intriguing. Mighty whales, toothy sharks and playful seals, penguins and dolphins that live in the country’s coastal waters make up this captivating bunch.
The best time to go to South Africa? Anytime between January and December! South Africa has a delightfully temperate climate year-round, so your decision about when to go should rather be based on the types of experiences you would like to have.
Did you hear a very large splash? You bet you did! Your Cape Town Experience includes the thrilling spectacle of whale watching in Hermanus, the Whale Watching Capital of the World. Whale watching in Hermanus is a close encounter of the Hermanus kind, where people and our marine visitors get to know each other up close and personal.
One by one, furry little heads appear above the water’s surface. The critters pop up and down like kids in a bounce house. And they’re having just as much fun.
Wander along a Cape Town beach and you’ll probably see their large, long, unmistakable footprints in the sand. African Clawless Otters are the most widely distributed otter species in Africa. Also known as Cape Otters, these clever creatures are as amusing as they are cute. They are playful and energetic, often swimming, playing with their food and play-fighting just for kicks. You might also catch them basking in the warmth of the sun.
Discover why Travel + Leisure magazine named Cape Town the #1 city to visit in Africa and the Middle East at the 2016 “World’s Best” Awards!
African penguins at sunset near Cape Town, South Africa.
Beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountains, world-class cuisine, captivating wildlife, adventures for beginners & experienced thrill-seekers…and we haven’t even mentioned the South African wines or the city’s cultural riches!