Your family’s first encounter with a whale can unleash the same emotions as seeing your first elephant. You realise that you’re in the presence of a magnificent and enormous mammal – an intelligent yet gentle communicator and survivor. The cooler weather between May and October draws breeding southern right whales so close to land that you can see them clearly from the hills above Hermanus. They are curious creatures which seem drawn to boats and your children will thrill at the sight of them breaching and tail sailing which may be a form of play.
A rather more lovable denizen of the oceans is the turtle, fascinating for its longevity, survivability and the epic migrations that it undertakes. The wild and almost deserted sub-tropical shoreline between Durban and Mozambique is where leatherback, green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs and we know some superb hideaways where you can combine midnight turtle safaris with fabulous diving, snorkelling and water sports.