Garden Route Dolphin Watching

Common dolphins breaking through the surface of the Indian Ocean.

The Garden Route is known for the proliferation of dolphins in its coastal waters.

The Garden Route is known for its wild beauty and wondrous natural encounters, and as such a tour in this region should include opportunities to enhance such experiences. A dolphin watching cruise will get visitors up close and personal with the ocean’s most curious playmates.

Cruises depart from the seaside resort town of Plettenberg Bay - a holidaymaker’s hub. Summertime (November - February) is dolphin season, with common dolphins, bottle-nosed dolphins and even the rare humpback dolphin being regularly spotted off the South African coastline. Dolphins are still encountered in the winter months, but the most spectacular sighting during this period is of a Southern Right or humpback whale.

Dolphin watching in the Garden Route is great fun for anyone who can fit into a life jacket. The area is incredibly beautiful, ensuring as much of a leisurely, scenic excursion as an exciting wildlife encounter during your South African tour.

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