A Whale of a Heritage Route celebrates Cape Town whales and their heritage!

On Saturday 24 September, on Heritage Day, a fun family event will focus on the whales in Cape Town’s South Peninsula, and their history, importance, and the threat to their existence through A Whale of a Heritage Route, reports the Weekend Argus.

Designed by Alan Lindner, a consulting strategist who started A Whale of a Heritage Trail in 2006, a ‘history hunt’ along ‘The Old Whaling Route’ has been organised. Families are invited to participate in the event, with clues provided and requiring participants to travel by train and walk between Muizenberg and Fish Hoek.  The activities and clues will teach the participants about the threat to whales from plastic and ropes in the sea, how to calculate the mass of a whale, about Southern Right whales, and who hunted the whales and how.   They will have to find a whale scalpula in a Kalk Bay shop; go to The Great Whalery in Fish Hoek, where whales were dragged up onto rocks; find a whale jawbone in the Fish Hoek Valley Museum; search for two whalers’ cottages (photograph); and may even be lucky to see whales in False Bay. Local tour guide Brian Smith, who specialises in whale history, will assist the participants.

“A live whale creates more revenue than a dead one.  When people visit whale-spotting areas, there is an economic spin-off for all the businesses in the area”, said Mr Lindner.

The timing of A Whale of a Heritage Route is perfect, given that September is #MyCapeTown month, highlighting the attractions of Cape Town to Capetonians, and encouraging them to be tourists in their own city.

A Whale of a Heritage Route, 24 September.  Meet at corner Church and Palmer Roads in Muizenberg at 9h00.  R75 includes hop-on hop-off train tickets.  Tel 079 391 2105.  www.awhaleofaheritageroute.co.za

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage

4 replies on “A Whale of a Heritage Route celebrates Cape Town whales and their heritage!”

  1. it would be encouraging to know that this interesting activity was taken to the schools to encourage the participation of the children. Practical learning.

  2. I am not sure if they have involved schools yet Rose. The Route has been in existence for a number of years. Today’s event is meant to a family affair, so they do reach some school children.

    But your idea is a good one, and I hope that the organisers get to see it.


  3. Alan Lindner says:

    Hi Rose, the intention is to offer the trail to local and visiting schools through Metrorail’s EduTrain initiative. Thanks for your comment. Regards, Alan

  4. alan lindner says:

    Hi Rose, please keep a look out for our Mini Whale Camps – a day of fun on a rocky shore or beach.

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