https://staging.extraordinaryjourneys.com/accommodation/thonga-beach-lodge/South Africa’s Atlantic Ocean coastline—aka ‘The Whale Coast’ or ‘The Serengeti of the Sea’ showcases the country’s unique beauty in and out of the water. The region is home to what we like to refer to as the Marine Big Five: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins.
One of our favorite places to explore is Grootbos Nature Reserve, which has spectacular scenery, charming seaside villages, and abundant marine life. Located at nearly the southernmost tip of South Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide, it’s one of the planet’s most biologically diverse marine ecosystems. This region offers the best land-based whale watching in the world from June-November—you can spot southern right whales if you plan your visit at the right time.
One of South Africa’s most pristine wilderness beach lodges—Thonga Beach Lodge—awaits you on the azure shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated deep in this wilderness of white beaches, blazing corals and freshwater lakes in KwaZulu-Natal. We think it’s one of the top 10 places to dive in Africa (read the blog to learn more).
Even along the Cape Peninsula, there are marine adventures to be had, including a visit to the cute colony of penguins at Boulders Beach. Spend a day with Veld and Sea for a kelp cooking class or coastal foraging workshop. Or get under the sea and learn to free dive in the kelp forests, search for octopus (where they filmed My Octopus Teacher), and get involved with community projects with the I AM WATER Ocean Travel and Foundation.
Which South African marine adventure is calling you?