Gansbaai Tours
Whale Watching from Gansbaai
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Whale Watching from Gansbaai

By Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Recommended by 99% of travellers
99% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-85, max of 25 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Boat ride
  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • The listed price does not include a R5 parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
Pickup details
  • Pick up is an additional R750 Per Person paid directly to the driver.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Pushchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 11401P1

      • 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
      • 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

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 11401P1

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      About the operator
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      • Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
        521
        Gansbaai, South Africa
        Joined in December 2011
      • Rohan K
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unforgettable experience
        Great experience and excellent crew, the team was very informative and made the entire experience unforgettable. We thank the team for their wonderful management of the experience as well.
        Written 4 January 2024
      • greenfarming
        0 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        No Whales
        Booked a trip with Ivanhoe for an afternoon tour. The trip kept getting put off and eventually settled for an early morning one that my 6 year old was not keen on but she loves whales. While boarding overheard a crew member say that they were out the day before which was ordinary after been cancelled on twice already! The tour was so disappointing as they spent the first 1.25hrs looking at seals and dolphins which were everywhere and then had no time to look for whales. No whales!!!!
        Written 1 January 2024
      • Curious22957379422
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lovely trip at sea
        Great trip today, excellent safety briefing (shame all the guests didn’t listen), advised from the outset we might only see birds & seals and we did. Unfortunately there was a technical glitch but the great crew kept everyone informed & got everyone back in safely. Highly recommend.
        Written 29 December 2023
      • Daydream38158072971
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very nice journey
        Very nice tour with perfect weather. We saw seals, dolphins and even a whale. Nice professional crew and a modern boat.
        Written 18 December 2023
      • G824EHsimons
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good experience nice crew!
        We went with the family and we saw some amazing whale activity. The crew did their best to help us have a good experience. It was good organized and we all enjoyed the experience!
        Written 16 December 2023
      • O7981ETfrankm
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highlight of Our Holidays
        We Got more Than we expected. Wal season VoiceOver. But we found the last Whale Cow with her calf. Thanks
        Written 12 December 2023
      • Camper07349456510
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Memorable
        Was quite interesting.A bit long for some people who showed signs of seasickness.Must be because of the strong winds.Sea life was a bit shy it seems..but with nature you are always at risk of not knowing what you will see .
        Written 20 November 2023
      • FrancescoBruxelles
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Whales and Dolphins views!!
        We found the agency on Internet. They are very proactive and well organized! The crews is providing plenty of information while seeing the whales and are making yourself comfortable!! If you are in the area and looking for something, do not miss them!!
        Written 2 November 2023
      • Relax27496956275
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        An amazing experience!
        Thank you Ivanhoe team for this amazing experience, also the kids loved it! We had hoped for seeing maybe 1-2 whales but we got to see far more than that! At least 15 whales, mums with babies, some of them swimming right next to the boat. What an unforgettable experience to get so close to these magnificent animals! The Ivanhoe team takes the best care of their guests. We got a briefing by the skipper up front and the guide provided so much valuable info about the whales, also answering any question we had. A big thank you to the whole team for this amazing trip! I would recommend this trip to everyone, old and young!
        Written 2 November 2023
      • M5045MYmikep
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Brilliant whale watching
        Fantastic sightings of Southern right whales coming close to and under our drifting boat . Best whale watching trip ever
        Written 21 October 2023
      • Travel47881221948
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing whale watching experience
        Ivanhoe Sea Safaris offered an excellent service! We had great sightings of whales (cows and calfs). The drive with the mini bus was very comfortable, we had enough space. The boat was good and there was room to move around to see the whales from different perspectives. On the way back we had a lovely lunch including gin tasting (not in the price included). Definitively recommended!!
        Written 19 October 2023
      • Culture03783965077
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Above all expectations
        Very fine experience. They were very friendly to adapt to our schedule times because of luggage problems. The crew the boat was excellent. We saw a lot of whales. Especially calfs playing in the bay.
        Written 19 October 2023
      • benrV5603FH
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We had a whale-y good time!
        Great! Saw more whales than I have ever seen on a tour. Including multiple breaches! 10 out of 10 world recommend.
        Written 13 October 2023
      • Fabrice A
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        A unique experience seeing whales so close to our boat. A very professional operation with very knowledgeable and friendly staff.
        Written 10 October 2023
      • Julia B
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfect trip
        It was incredible! The tour guides were super friendly, answered every question and also told a lot on their own. They do not harass the whales but let them decide how close they come to the boat. Absolutely recommend, it was one of our highlights of our trip.
        Written 3 October 2023
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      5.0
      5.0 of 5 bubbles278 reviews
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      Moon_beamed
      Cape Town, South Africa
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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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      whaletale39@gmail.co.za
      Gansbaai, South Africa
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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
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      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.

      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      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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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Family
      I took the full day whale watching trip with my family on the 2nd of august and I must say that I was really impressed, right from the admin staff who handled the booking, to Anthea our tour guide and the ship crew. We saw so many Southern Right whales that we lost count at some point! One even jumped out of the water and gave us a beautiful show. We ended the day with the trip back via Hermanus and the penguin colony.
      It was an awesome experience
      Written 2 August 2023
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Up close viewing of over 20 whale moms and babies. The team on board the boat were knowledgeable about sea life and very careful and sensitive to the whales. They motored out to areas with the whales and then stopped and drifted and let the whales come to us, which they did! I’ve seen whale watchers from other boats aggressively pursuing whales to the point of harassing them, but the guys at Ivanhoe dont do that; they treat whales with care and respect.
      Written 3 November 2022
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2022 • Couples
      It was the most incredible, beautiful experience. At a stage we saw 4 southern right whales just a few meters away - a mom, her baby and two male adults. The whole team on the boat was also incredible, so funny and informative and respectful of the ocean and it’s wildlife. Thank you to everyone!!
      Written 8 September 2022
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2023 • Family
      We were absolutely lucky and got the most amazing sightings. Whales were flopping their tails and breaching 😃 a mom and her calf literally swam right next to our boat to give us a really close look. It was amazing. The skipper knew exactly where to find them and did not take long to get there (this really great for people who were sea sick). Recommend this tour group. The tour guide was so informative and took him time to explain lots of interesting whale facts and habits.
      Written 4 September 2023
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 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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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2022 • Couples
      This is something we will never forget. The front office was very kind and did their very best to accommodate us while also needing to work around weather conditions to keep us safe. The crew was fun and shared facts as we oohed and ahhed at the whales. You can also feel the tremendous respect they have for these animals. They get you very close, but are very mindful not to pester the whales. It was a highly enjoyable experience for everyone. I would recommend packing some snacks and motion sickness medicine if you think you'll need them since it didn't look like there were many shops in the immediate area, but it was still an unforgettable experience.
      Written 3 September 2022
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      Katharina M
      Hagen, Germany
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022 • Couples
      It was unbelievable! In time we started after a brief safety instruction. 8 minutes after leaving the Harbour we saw our first whale showing us his fluke. Later a calf came curious really close to our boat until it‘s mother called it to come back. Another calf jumped out of the water and made fun with his mother.
      The staff was very kind and helpful, gave us lots of information about the whales and treated the animals absolutely respectful.
      We can highly recommend Ivanhoe for your whale trip.
      Written 25 October 2022
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