It’s that wonderful time of year in South Africa when we all head down to our favourite coastal spots where we cluster together to ooh and ah at the great ocean giants who’ve made the epic journey from icy Antarctica to our sheltered bays to calve and mate.
June to November is Whale Season, when locals and visitors marvel at the breaching, blowing and lob-tailing antics of these amazing creatures. Right now there is plenty of activity from Southern right whales in False Bay. This very week there have been fantastic sightings in St James and Kalk Bay. We’ve also seen a number of whales at Muizenberg from the top of scenic Boyes Drive.
The wonderful thing about the False Bay coastline is that there are so many wonderful vantage points from which to see the whales. Whether you’re strolling through the trendy seaside village of Kalk Bay, picking your way over rocks at St James, or tucking into the day’s fresh catch at one of many eateries beside the ocean, you’re very likely to be treated to some fantastic whale sightings.
October is considered peak whale watching month, so it’s a great time to book a stay in False Bay. A wise and wonderful choice is Colona Castle – a luxury villa set against the mountain slopes in pretty Lakeside. On one side is the rugged Steenberg Mountain and in the foreground is the glistening Zandvlei Lake. Some of the rooms at Colona Castle have sea views, and others look out on the mountains or lakes.
Made for leisure and big on surfing, Muizenberg is close by, and then there’s the lovely suburb of St James with its popular tidal pool, brightly painted beach huts and gorgeous mansions set on the mountainside. A little further along the coast is the fishing village of Kalk Bay with its curiosity shops and restaurants. Beyond that, in historic Simon’s Town, there’s the well-known Boulders Beach, where a colony of penguins strut their stuff in a protected and very scenic area to which visitors flock. Spectacular Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve are an easy drive away.
Colona Castle is running a more-for-less special offer that continues until the end of the prime whale watching month of October: book two nights and you get your third night on the house.
Just in case you tire of whale watching in False Bay, there’s also much else to do. You can visit the Rondevlei Nature Reserve wetlands inhabited by lots of birds and some hippos, you can enjoy a colourful walk through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and you can feast on the many delights of the Constantia wine route. Beach walks, surfing, water sports on the lake, hiking trails and golf are among some of your other options in the area.
Mail our Getaway Consultants for more information about Colona Castle, or call us 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 21 797-7122 (international).