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Whale Watching from Gansbaai provided by Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

Whale Watching from Gansbaai

Whale Watching from Gansbaai
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98% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Group size:
25
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Group size:
    25
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 11401P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Boat ride
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • The listed price does not include a R5 parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please bring warm clothes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, video camera, and binoculars
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Inclusions
  • Boat ride
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • The listed price does not include a R5 parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please bring warm clothes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, video camera, and binoculars
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
135 reviews
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Angelo
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Couples
Was an awesome experience. The team that took us out were friendly, chatty and most importantly were as excited as us the guests as if it was their first time going out to see the Whales too. On top of that they also provide the cheapest price I could find for South Africans amongst all others offering whale watching tours. Most importantly we obviously saw whales, we saw 4 different mothers with their calfs and dolphins and seals as well. Along with that our trip was supposed to be from 13h00 to 15h00 however towards the end of the trip the skipper didn't seem to be bothered with the time limit and made sure to turn around wherever we saw dolphins following us so we could get a better view. It was an awesome experience as I said and I will only recommend Ivanhoe for a whale watching experience in Hermanus and Gansbaai to anyone that asks. Thanks team Ivanhoe
Written 6 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LinMorris
Stanford, South Africa21 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
The favourite part of the experience, for me, was to be on the top deck of Ivanhoe Sea Safari's, and experience the vastness of the ocean! The huge amount of water seemed to be surging with so much energy and power, and I felt truly honoured to be able to be there!
Our skipper, Johan, was a mine of information, and whenever he spotted a whale, he would tell up in which direction to look, and then slow the boat down to idle and approach the whale very cautiously.....
He was most respectful, and then cut the engines,to allow the whales to come closer to us for inspection, without any danger, if they so wished. We also saw a few seals swimming around.
We saw 3 mother and calf pairs with one or two whales on the outskirts of the pairs. We saw them breach, wave their tails, roll over showing us their flippers and calosities, spy hopping and mother and calf swimming so closely side by side it was all breath taking!!
I can definately recommend a trip on Ivanhoe Sea Safari's with Jax Bath, a very passionate and well-informed guide!
Written 7 October 2020
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Moon_beamed
Cape Town, South Africa49 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
We had such a marvellous time with Ivanhoe safaris, from beginning to end we were well taken care of. It was great to listen to the knowledgeable Crew who clearly love what they do. The skipper always maintained a respectable distance from the whales , which made me feel happy that if they were not comfortable with our presence they could leave. Jax and Karla were a such lovely hosts and it was an awesome experience all round! Looking forward to going again next year to see this incredible migration.
Written 4 October 2021
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Melissa F
1 contribution
May 2022 • Friends
Ivanhoe have 2 separate safaris
One is for whale watching and the other is for the big 5 and it is advertised this way on trip advisor.
The cost of these are different as well. Whale watching was booked and they wanted to send us on the big 5 general safari which was not the safari booked.they also failed to pick us up from our meeting point, they explained that the car would not start. We understood the car wouldn’t start and drive through to the destination on our own. What made the experience unpleasant is that Ivanhoe did not take responsibility for this and merely said “what back up plan did you expect us to make” instead of just apologizing.
Ivanhoe was rude and unprofessional and took no responsibility for this. Yes they refunded the money after it was demanded but it was not about the money it was about the unprofessional conduct and rudeness with which we were addressed. We raised this very same complaint on their Facebook page and we’re once again greeted with rudeness and no accountability. In fact they published our personal contact details and full name for all of social media to see. So just know that should you choose Ivanhoe they have no discretion with personal information and the POPI act.
If you have a complaint don’t bother because they attack back instead of using the feedback to better their business. I have no doubt that many people may have had a great experience but unfortunately this was not the case for us. It was not the cruise that was a let down, it’s a lovely safari that they run however it is sad to say that the people running the ship are disgustingly rude and lack any form of business etiquette.
I have no doubt that they respond to this with the same rudeness and defence as they did on their Facebook page.
Written 19 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
adriancarter25
Malicious review written by "Non traveler"
Written 20 May 2022
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whaletale39@gmail.co.za
Gansbaai, South Africa2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The whole experience was just awesome. We were able to see the whales close up just because of our professional skipper Johan, who understands that if one just give these curious animals space they will often come up to the boat to have a look at you. We got just that, close encounters - How special was that.
The on board guide Jax was also knowledgeable and passionate about the whales and marine life in general.
A brilliant crew and would recommend Ivanhoe Sea Safaris highly.
Written 11 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
adriancarter25
Thank you for taking the time to place a review. We do appreciate your Feedback is always welcome and I am please you recognized our crews passion for there work
Written 14 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cobus B
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
Well worth it! Professional and courteous reception. Knowledgeable and passionate crew and guides. Moved right up to the whales and the experienced skipper did all the hard work to let everyone have a close up. Thank you!
Written 13 September 2021
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Peggy M
2 contributions
Nov 2020
What a fabulous experience! Our initial trip was cancelled due to bad weather and we were so worried we wouldn’t be able to see these magnificent creatures. Being close to the end of the season, we were almost on our way back, when this huge mom & baby were spotted. They are curious creatures and came towards us and went under the boat. We couldn’t believe the size of them. Just AMAZING!!! We also saw many seals lazily floating in the waters and a few penguins. The guides had many interesting stories and are very passionate about the sea & its beautiful creatures. The sea was a bit rough but expertly navigated by Johan and you felt 100% safe. One of the benefits of using Ivanhoe is that if you don’t see the whales you get a voucher for another trip. This is unheard of on land when game viewing or on other boats we have been on. Would highly recommend it and will definitely be back! Well done to the crew and thank you for an amazing trip.
Written 10 November 2020
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Riona S
3 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a special, unforgettable experience. We saw seals, penguins and majestic Southern Right Whales frolicking in the ocean, just a mere few meters from us. A baby whale even came right up to us and bumped the boat! Our guide Jax was very friendly and engaging, she shared insightful information about the whales and other marine animals. The staff are friendly and actually address each passenger by name. Jax even organised for people to sing Happy Birthday for my partner on the boat! Highly recommended.
Written 26 September 2021
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Yvette
Durbanville, South Africa3 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
What an amazing experience. We saw so many whales and had so many close encounters. The guides made is feel so safe and kept us super informed about what type of species we're seeing all the time. My very inquisitive 5year old son Absolutely loved it. Thank you.
Written 12 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shamini N
Parklands, South Africa2 contributions

This was really the once in a lifetime sighting.Karla was the most attention to detail person and we spoke for 4 weeks to get the right day.The day was 19th September, we arranged for my friend Alan to view the Whales for his birthday and at the last moment my husband and I joined in.Everything aligned the right weather and 10 whales came out to play.The whales came right up the the boat, we also had a special sighting of Male Brindle Whale.They make up 4% of the Right South Whales that come to Cape Town.
He came to the boat and he was huge.We also saw a whole mating party. Was the best day of our travels and adventures so far.Jaxs explained so much detail to us and was so attentive.Really was a memorable whale experience.Thanks so much team.My friend Alan, my husband Yugeshin and I really loved our amazing Whales boat cruise.
Written 21 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Annemerie12
Annemerie12
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Great experience!
Wonderful big 5 Sea Safari experience. It was a lovely day on the ocean filled with education and sightings of dolp
pascalepapas
pascalepapas
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Fantastic!
Incredible dolphin experience!!!! Highly recommend, even out of season. Knowledgeable and friendly crew. Will defin
Peachman_travel
Peachman_travel
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WHALE TRIP
Great experience, very knowledgable crew and sound boat. A must do in Gansbaai. Totally safe trip and we saw some a
Sinead O
Sinead O
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Ok but not worth the money
We were in Hermanus at the start of January and were aware that many of the whales had migrated so we wouldn’t get
Cosmopolitan9293
Cosmopolitan9293
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Amazing!
Wow....what a morning! Perfect number of passengers on the boat so no over-crowding and able to take great photo's.
Magdalena R
Magdalena R
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Great Sea safari
From the time of booking until the trip ended it was great in every way. The trip lasted for 2 hrs wich is perfect
oceanlover80
oceanlover80
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Highly recommended!
Extremely passionate and amazing crew that makes the sea safari a unique experience with learn effect! We enjoyed e
Heather B
Heather B
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Great trip
Although we did not find whales on the trip we went on, partly to huge swells making it difficult to spot but perha
baconfamily2015
baconfamily2015
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Amazing!
Thank you so much to all at Ivanhoe Sea Safaris. Our original trip was cancelled due to bad weather and Ivanhoe di
Carolin K
Carolin K
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Breathtaking
On our trip we saw 3 different whales which came up to our boat and one even surrounded us for quite some time. Jus
JeanneSiebert
JeanneSiebert
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Amazing Experience
What an awesome experience we had on the Whale watching boat with Ivanhoe Sea safaris We did not know what to exp
Rhossiligg
Rhossiligg
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If you really want to see Whales and learn about them.... this is the trip to do
I had originally planned to take a trip from Hermanus, but when I saw the crowded boats leaving the harbour, everyo
MargarethaHoog
MargarethaHoog
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Whale watching
Wonderful trip with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris. The captain was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of background informati
Sarah W
Sarah W
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Professional, knowledgeable and humorous
Went to find whales with these guys today and enjoyed every moment. From the skippers safety talk to the superb kno
Matt_nigel
Matt_nigel
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Great sightings of southern right whales
Really friendly. Really informative. Saw southern rights, seals and birds. We were just out of season but still sa
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