Every year from July to November, whales arrive along the southern coast of South Africa. The gentle giants travel thousands of miles to calve in the warm waters of protected bays, with some high vantage points serving as perfect locations for spying the enormous creatures. The heart of the Whale Coast is Hermanus, renowned as the best whale watching area in the country. Here, southern right whales inhabit Walker Bay, often within 33 feet (10m) of the shore. According to the Word Wildlife Fund, Walker Bay is one of the top 12 whale viewing destinations in the world.