Whale Watching in Sodwana Bay
DETAILS ON OUR WHALE WATCHING CHARTERS
Whales migrate northward from the Antarctic through South African waters, passing and dwelling in Sodwana Bay, on their way to the warm tropical waters off southern Madagascar to mate and calf. Both mating and calfing takes place in these warm tropical waters. Gestation is 11 to 12 months and lactation (suckling) takes a further 11 to 12 months.
The Sodwana Bay Whale Watching Tour procedure is a surf launch, through the waves, and you need to hold on tight in order to stay on deck, a thrilling experience, but once out at sea it’s a lot calmer. There can be few experiences as rewarding as seeing a humpback whale blowing or showing off in the water. A dozen whales, a couple of dolphins, with the odd bit of seasickness thrown in for good measure, make the whole experience highly memorable.
Departure is based at the beach 6km away walk from Sodwana Bay Lodge. This boat based tour takes place during the months of July to November. Tours are about two hours in duration; this includes the boat launch, safety induction etc.
Whale Watcher, is the only licensed whale watching operation in the Sodwana Bay waters. This allows the charter boat to approach whales within the protected 300 meter radius. The permit ensures regulation of the industry and minimum intrusion from boats on the whales.
WHEN : June - November
Sodwana Bay Lodge Scuba Centre
Sodwana Bay Lodge has been carefully designed to match the rustic, eco-oriented nature of the region.