Southern Right Whale and Sharks Expedition

This unique expedition is for intrepid enthusiasts and wildlife photographers alike.  Join us for a 9 day adventure with the Southern Right Whale and Blue and Mako Sharks. We have secured the necesary permits for in water interaction and will spend 5 days out for the whales and 3 days diving with the sharks. Choice of departure dates. Limited Spots so don't miss out. 

2 Departures: 15 to 24 August 2017 and 24 Aug- 2 Sept 2017

Trip Price:  EURO 3380

Deposit : EURO 1380

Make your reservation now – only 6 spots per trip.

This expedition is for the intrepid enthusiast and wildlife photographers; for the third year we have successfully acquired permit through Expert Tours (SA) for two nine day expeditions allowing for in water interaction with the Southern Right Whale at the peak of the season. For each expedition, we have planned for five days out for the whales and three days diving for Blue and Mako sharks. Operation is of course weather permitting but August and September is the best time for Southern Right whales.

Expedition Package

Nine-night accommodation (twin share) at Windsor Hotel, Hermanus (

Eight days out for whales and sharks

Dive tanks and weights provided for shark dives only

Breakfast and lunch (on board – sandwich, snacks and drinks) included

Return airport transfer (Cape Town to Hermanus)

Ocean Geographic Expedition T-shirt

A Carbon Neutral Expedition

3380 Euro per person : Deposit 1380 Euro

Please note: this trip will be invoiced in EURO however booking form below will have an estimated amount in USD for booking purposes only and subject to change.  Price is set in EURO.

About Southern Right whales in South Africa

Every year, Southern Right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica, to warmer waters, reaching South Africa in June. The coastal waters teem with these giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young - and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics. The Southern Right gets its name from the simple fact it was once regarded it as the "right" whale to hunt - the animals are slow-moving, rich in oil and baleen, float when killed and provide an enormous yield. This "rightness" brought the animals to the brink of extinction in the early 20th century, as whalers killed an estimated 20 000 of the animals. Protected in South African waters since 1935, their numbers have slowly crept back to a world population of some 4,000.

Playing, courting and nursing weighing in at about 60 tonnes and estimated to live as long as 100 years, the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) has become a major tourist attraction up and down the South African coast. Their breeding ground is the sheltered bays of the Cape coast. They can be identified by their total lack of a dorsal fin, stubby square-ended flippers, and by callosities, unusual wart-like growths, on the head. Mostly dark bluish-black colours, about 4% of calves are born entirely white. This is a sex-linked genetic trait - all white calves are male - and the colour darkens to the usual black as the animal matures. The breeding season is during spring, from July to October. Females calve every three years, with a year of gestation, a year raising the calf and a year of rest. The cow needs the rest year to recover from the tremendous physical strain of gestating a four-tonne calf in just 12 months, and suckling it for another six months. A calf can drink up to 200 litres of milk and grow by as much as three centimetres every day. Willing performers, intelligent, inquisitive and sensitive, Southern Rights form small social groups of about six related animals. During the breeding season, cow and calf pairs can often been seen cavorting in the water together. The way mother and child breach alternately, one after the other, suggests that this and other behaviour may be taught. Southern Rights are willing performers for onlookers, often breaching several times in succession to hit the water again with a cannon-blast sound. Another characteristic behaviour, unique to the right whale, is resting head-down in the water for several minutes with the flukes held aloft, as if hoping to be pushed along by the wind - variously called "sailing" or "head-standing". Then there's flipper slapping, lob-tailing (slapping the tail on the water), and spy-hopping (raising the massive head to see above the surface). Their curiosity often prompts them to approach boats to investigate - a characteristic with tragic consequences in the days of whaling.

*Ocean Geographic Southern Right whale expedition is operated by Rainer and Silke Schimpf of Safety is paramount when interacting with such big large animals. Water visibility and behaviour of the whales are observed before any in-water interaction. Safety divers and in-water guide deployed if required. In water interaction are operated under permit from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry (Ocean and Coast) SA.

Please note: this trip will be invoiced in EURO however booking form below will have an estimated amount in USD for booking purposes only and subject to change.  Price is set in EURO.

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