During the months July to December, when the Southern Right whales arrive from their Antarctic feeding grounds to calve and mate along South Africa’s southern coast, the Cliff Path affords some of the best land-based whale watching in the world.

Of the 37 species of whale that exist in the Southern African waters, the Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde’s whales are seen in Walker Bay. Southern Right whales can number between 80 and 100 at the peak of the “whale season” in October and can be seen breaching, lobtailing (slapping the water loudly with tail flukes and fins), sailing (displaying their tail flukes above the surface), spy-hopping (head out of water) and mating.