10/11 South Africa

From June each year, humpback whales can be seen as they pass up the east coast of South Africa to their breeding grounds, and then again from November when they return. Other species that can be spotted throughout the summer include southern right whales, Bryde’s whales, minke, as well as bottlenose, common and humpback dolphins. In many areas, only one operator is permitted to approach within 50m of whales (all other boats must remain no closer than 300m). One such operator, Raggy Charters, which works in combination with the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project and organises regular beach cleans in the Port Elizabeth area, runs guided whale- and dolphin-watching cruises, most of which are led by conservationist, wildlife educator and marine safari specialist Lloyd Edwards. Half-day trips from Port Elizabeth cost about £54 per person, £30 for children under 12.

Find out about more about whale watching trips from Port Elizabeth.

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