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Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai
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Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai

By Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
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Ages 0-85, max of 25 per group
Duration: 2h
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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


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 2 Harbour Way, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
    Please be at the harbour 30 minutes before your trip departure time.
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: 11401P2

      • 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.

      How much is Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai?
      Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai price starts from R 1 243,62. Discover and book Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai on Tripadvisor
      What is the Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai cancellation policy?
      Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai on Tripadvisor
      Which company provides Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai?
      Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai is hosted by Ivanhoe Sea Safaris. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Ivanhoe Sea Safaris on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai on Tripadvisor
      How much time do I need for Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai?
      On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai on Tripadvisor

      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: 11401P2

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      • Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
        521
        Gansbaai, South Africa
        Joined in December 2011
      • Camper07349456510
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Interesting
        It was quite an experience.Enjoyable even though it was windy and the boat ride a bit rocky.We saw few whales but I know such trips are a risk as nature has her own course.
        Written 6 March 2024
      • MrMrsW50
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent whale watch
        Currently there seem to be more southern Right hanging out at Gansbaai, than in neighbouring Hermanus, which is why we chose Ivanhoe whale watch . We were lucky enough to soon find Mum and calf , who came so close to the boat, you could feel the spray of the blow. We’re able to watch them for a fair while, and get some great footage. Saw quite a few other whales too. We’d certainly use Ivanhoe again .
        Written 12 February 2024
      • 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
      • abarks81
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome Experience
        Did the sunset whale watching tour and had a great time. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. We saw so many whales.
        Written 22 November 2023
      • Wander11675541331
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great.
        Great. The view is good. We know that South Africa is experiencing a very hard time. Hope South Africa will get well soon.
        Written 22 November 2023
      • Raquel_B1981XXX
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good experience
        I liked this activity. The driver was a cool guy. I think you offer a vehicle with more space, almost 3hs tightly wasn’t good.
        Written 21 November 2023
      • heatherhA7392QD
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Incredible experience!
        Fantastic experience! Saw far more whales than we expected, and got some incredible pictures. Skippers were very friendly and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!
        Written 20 November 2023
      • Kalisto99
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Worth every penny
        Best whale watching trip ever! We were not many people on the boat (something like 15) so it was not crowded at all and made very enjoyable. The guides gave LOADS of information and were super friendly. We have a lot if whales, going under the boat and breaching. As bonus we also had dolphins
        Written 20 November 2023
      • Roving745513
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Phenomenal
        The captain was very kind and spontaneous and explained lots of things to us about the whales and was very passionated about them. It was a very special experience!
        Written 20 November 2023
      • carriejcd
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic
        We went on this trip today and I would recommend it very highly. I love whale watching and this is one of the best trips I have done. It's a small boat and they don't pack you on like sardines which I hate. Brilliant, friendly and knowledge crew, you get to see the whales so much better than a big boat. The only tip I would give is take an anti seasickness. I was fine but some weren't because there was quite a swell. With it being a small boat you are much closer to the water. I will be back. Thanks so much chaps it was brilliant 😊
        Written 12 November 2023
      • Explorer248619
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing tour with many whales and super experienced guides
        We had an amazing time and saw a lot of whales! The group was not too big and the guide was really nice and had answers to all our questions. We learned so much about these amazing animals and heard a lot of great stories. I can recommend this tour 100%. It‘s worth the price.
        Written 10 November 2023
      • M5045MYmikep
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Stunning sightings of Southern Right whales
        Most incredible whale watching experience ever with Southern Right whales with calves coming right up to our drifting boat diving underneath and all around the boat
        Written 6 November 2023
      • SagarSavla
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience
        We did this today (3A, 2K). It was a great experience. After checkin in we went on the boat and after a short instructions from the skipper on our way. It was great that the tour started on time. The boat was full. Slightly tight for all the people but sufficient space. After going in for 20-30 minutes we had our first whale sighting. The skipper provided some useful information and shared nice facts about the whales. We then went to a couple other locations where we spotted more whales. Overall we saw lots of whales. It was a fun experience. Would highly recommend this company if you looking to experience whale watching in Gansbaai
        Written 5 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
      • Dream12840642869
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent
        It was a nice calming experience like a massage the boat was nice the whales were kind and the guide explaining whale behavior was excellent.
        Written 2 November 2023
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      4.5
      4.5 of 5 bubbles23 reviews
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      Shim
      36 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      We were in Hermanus at the start of January and were aware that many of the whales had migrated so we wouldn’t get the big whale spotting experience that you get at other times of the year. However, we did the Big 5 Sea Safari and were told there was a good chance we’d see whales, dolphins, penguins, sharks and seals. Whilst we did see some wildlife from afar, we thought the experience wasn’t really what they sold it as. For example, on the boat we asked how often they see sharks and were told three times a year. It was a pleasant few hours along the coast, but wasn’t worth the 52 GBP / 950 ZAR that it’s sold at.
      Written 4 January 2020
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      Dear Sinead, Thank you for your valuable feedback, I would like to address your point regarding sharks. Whilst Gansbaai has been given the reputation for the Shark Cage Dive Capital of the World, strictly speaking this is NOT correct, Gansbaai side of the bay, no chumming is allowed to attrack sharks, and the shark cage operators all depart from the Klenbaai harbour into a part of water that is round the corner of Danger Point. Gansbaai is in fact the best place to come see the visiting Southern Right whales. We removed any reference to sharks on our BIG5 Sea Safari as shark are NOT commonly seen on this trip, if sharks is the main point of interest, you have to take a shark trip. Our material markets the 5 species we are looking for, Whales, Southern Right June to December, Brydes Whales, Jan to May, Dolphin, Seal, Penguiun and Marine Birds. Unfortunately due to social media and other marketing wheels the lines between Kleanbaai (Sharks), Gansbaai (Whales) and Hermanus for the best whales (Un-True - Gansbaai is) has muddied the water but I hope the above clears up the point about sharks. One also has to take into account this is not a trip to the zoo and no trip will ever be the same and we can never say for sure what you will see, we just hope Big G is on side for the day to provide what animals want to be viewed. Kind Regards - Ivanhoe Team
      Written 12 September 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      AndreaGuzz
      Sondrio, Italy3 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      We booked a Marine big 5 safari since they confirmed it would be possible to se whales and dolphins even in december. Conversely, at the beginning of the boat trip they told us that spotting more than birds and seals would be very improbable. At the end we didn't seen anything more than seals and penguins.
      They gave us a voucher saying that nature can not be foreseen but they already knew the reality and still they gave us wrong information.
      Being on a trip we will not be able to come back in another season to use the voucher so we preferred to be partially refunded or, even better, be given the right information before booking.
      Written 5 January 2023
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      Dear Andrew, Would you be so kind to email me your booking number, so I can track down your booking and resolve this. Obviously your feel aggrieved and I would like to get to the bottom of this as well as draw your attention to all the other 4 and 5 star reviews - We have not been give a 1 Star review in the last 8yrs and we are not a "Scam" operator. Please drop me an email on ivanhoeprivate@whaleviewing.co.za My Name is Adrian and I am the Ops Manager. Kind Regards Adrian
      Written 6 January 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Michael
      5 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Family
      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 2 January 2024
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      Dear Michael, I refer to your recent complaint on Trip Advisor & comment as follows:- The Southern Right Whale season ended on the 30th of November this year, and we then stopped running exclusive whale trips and swung over to our reduced price Big 5 Sea Safari trips. These trips do not guarantee whale sightings or for that matter any other marine species. Our big 5 trips (which is what you booked) do target our resident Bryde’s Whales, Dolphins ,Seals, Penguins & birds, and if our skipper reports poor sightings, we do indeed offer vouchers. As you said in your advisor there were plenty dolphins and seals, and for sure the crew would have been keeping a close eye out for any whales in the area. Having checked the log for your trip you had four of the five species which we target and logged as good sightings. Unfortunately, you might have miss interpreted the whale season where the best months are from August, September, October where we also offer a re-trip voucher for no trip whale sightings, & November is the change-over month where the Southern Right Whales begin their migration and do not operate to a fixed timetable. Your actual booking was three weeks after our changeover from booking exclusive whale trips to the Big Five Sea Safaris. As a gesture of good will we are more than happy to offer you a discounted rate should you wish to book to see whales during our whale season. I sincerely hope that the explanation clears up any expectations that you might have had with the Big 5 Sea Safaris versus an exclusive Whale trip in whale season. Regards Ivanhoe Management
      Written 5 January 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Curious22957379422
      7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Family
      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
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      Annemerie
      Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2021 • Friends
      Wonderful big 5 Sea Safari experience. It was a lovely day on the ocean filled with education and sightings of dolphins and seals. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and professional. Will definitely make use of you guys again. Thank you for a great time!
      Written 30 December 2021
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      Paula G
      11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      It was such an amazing experience! The crew was very welcoming and prepared. The guides were knowledgeable and explained a lot about the whales we saw. Highly recommend!
      Written 23 October 2022
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      Matt_nigel
      7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2019 • Family
      Really friendly. Really informative. Saw southern rights, seals and birds.
      We were just out of season but still saw whales.
      Written 26 April 2019
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      Hi Matt, Thank you for the review - We did get a bit lucky having Southern Rights on your trip, that is the thing with wild animals, officially the season is 1st - June to 30th - Nov, but wild animals take no notice of government official days and they arrive and depart when they want. This year season has started early. Hope to see you again in the future.
      Written 21 June 2019
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      BIGBackpackers
      Cape Town1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2018 • Solo
      From the cape town pick up, to the marine safari itself, all went smoothly and was well organised.
      Highly recommended!
      Written 11 June 2018
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      Thank you for taking the time to place your review!
      Written 13 June 2018
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Daydream38158072971
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      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
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      Simon S
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Family
      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
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