Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
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Boat ToursEco ToursDolphin & Whale Watching
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay while looking for whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and seabirds. Apart from the Southern Right Whales, we are able to view Brides Whales, Humpback Whales and possibly even Great White Sharks.There are many Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Dolphins, Sunfish and plenty of coastal marine birds to been seen whilst out at sea.
Gansbaai, South Africa
Meets animal welfare guidelines

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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(35 reviews)

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Camper07349456510
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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
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MrMrsW50
Brecon, UK671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Rohankacker
New Delhi, India1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
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
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Michael
4 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
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Curious22957379422
2 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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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
2 contributions
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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Frank M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We Got more Than we expected. Wal season VoiceOver. But we found the last Whale Cow with her calf. Thanks
Written 13 December 2023
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Alex Barker
Halifax, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Did the sunset whale watching tour and had a great time. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. We saw so many whales.
Written 23 November 2023
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Wander11675541331
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Great. The view is good. We know that South Africa is experiencing a very hard time. Hope South Africa will get well soon.
Written 23 November 2023
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