High five for the Marine Big Five

Posted under Marine Life Blog by Grootbos on 5th December 2011
Today I felt like Kate Winslet in that dramatic scene on the bow of the Titanic in the acclaimed movie - standing with arms spread wide as if to embrace the entire ocean and its hidden treasures.

Best land based whale watching in the world

Posted under Marine Life Blog by Grootbos on 30th September 2011
The whales are in full swing and as always are ready, steady, GO for an action packed season of mating, mothering and magnificent manoeuvrings right on our 'doorstep'. In the Walker Bay we have golden circle tickets, front row seats, and it just so happens the southern right whales are natural performers and deliver a thrilling six month show every year.

The whales are back again so let the festivities begin

Posted under Marine Life Blog by Grootbos on 8th September 2011
Once again the beautiful southern right whales have graced our shores for another 3-4 months of courting, mating, frolicking and doing that thing they know best, PERFORMING! We welcome them back and look forward to our annual dose of nature’s miraculous spectacle.

3 ways of whale watching in one day!

Posted under Marine Life Blog by Grootbos on 28th July 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, as we said in a previous blog post, the whales are finally here - all the way from icy Antarctica! Please give a WARM welcome to Primera and the Southern Right Whales for another 6 month long Whale Festival on the Gansbaai water stage! Ringside tickets for the best views from land, sea or air are now available at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. The good news is – it is a mammoth stage with gigantic performers.

Over 2000 dolphins in the Walker Bay (South Africa)

Posted under Marine Life Blog by Grootbos on 13th May 2011
his morning, 13 May 2011, we were fortunate enough to wake up to one of the most beautiful days of the year. Not only were we greeted by a breathtaking morning, but also by a huge black mass spreading about 3 square kilometers in the heart of the Walker Bay. Our first thoughts were Cape Cormorants but upon getting a closer look we discovered that it was one of the biggest schools of common dolphins we have ever seen in the Walker Bay. Saying there was a 1000 would have been a gross underestimation. The sighting was truly beyond words to describe, like a blessing from King Neptune himself. We then watched and followed the dolphins along the entire Gansbaai coastline for about 1 hour.
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