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Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

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Address: Hawe Street | Gansbaai Harbour, Gansbaai, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 28 384 0556
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay...

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.

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Whale Watching Boat Based, Perfect Trip, Mission Accomplished.

Starts from Gansbaai Harbour about 40 minutes from Hermanus by car. We got there in good time finding a place to park, free parking and then sat in the shade outside the Ivanoe... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2015
Richard W
Barnsley, United Kingdom

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Starts from Gansbaai Harbour about 40 minutes from Hermanus by car. We got there in good time finding a place to park, free parking and then sat in the shade outside the Ivanoe office before checking in about 30 to 40 minutes before the trip, we signed in and got our wrist band. Relax ready for a great experience. The... More 

Thank Richard W
Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 October 2015

I had the most amassing time with these people. The captain. Jason knows his stuff. Any question about the whales or sharks. He knew the answer. Safety is their most important concern. Not just for the gests. But for the whales and any other creature that happens alone the trip. We had whales and calves come right up to the... More 

Thank 418578
Gaborone, Botswana
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

Good booking experience. Quick to respond to my online inquiry. Boat is dated. Felt like the upfront speech by the operators led us to believe we would be seeing many whales (don't touch the whales when they come up to the boat). We only saw whale backs from a distance. No fault of the operators but felt like expectations could... More 

Thank christyd416
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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2 reviews
Reviewed 16 October 2015

it was a great experience wit ivanhoe...jason and his team were very cordial and friendly...they took us very close to the whales...one of them just passed beneath our boats...we were given ample time with the whales...as a bones we also got to see a school of dolphins...thank you guys

Thank sandipbarmannrs
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2015

We've done this all over the world, and never got close to whales. This time we did. A mother and calf came up to the boat to review us. They were seen in the distance, and we then stopped to allow them the choice. We also saw about 10 others as they cruised by.... The boat was not full, the... More 

Thank GilliesMac
George Town, Grand Cayman
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2015

From booking the trip to doing the trip everyone has been very efficient and friendly. The actual trip was awesome, from the whales doing there thing to the knowledgeable and friendly crew. The boat is in excellent condition and well equipped. I can't wait to go back and will totally recommend all my friends from overseas and local to go... More 

Thank duskydiver
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015 via mobile

Boat a bit full, getting close to the whales and still accepting their natural behavior, none of them wanted to get too close to the boat. Suddenly surrounded by whales around us. Would have liked to get more background information. Still beautiful experience even though some of the whales get very close to cliffs in 'de kelders, gaansbay. With almost... More 

Thank SwitzerlandSam
Johannesburg, South Africa
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51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

We decided on Ivanhoe Safari's as they seemed to offer a more personalised experience. (Only taking max 20 people.) We did see many whales, but not as close up as we would've liked. -That is entirely up to the whales. :) But it was definately worth it. The crew was very informative and cared a great deal about the whales'... More 

Thank W O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

We went on a trip to see the whales on september 8 in the morning. We got a call the day before if we could do the trip in the afternoon because they had to feed the whales and because of the strong wind it would take some time for the bait to sink. Of course this is nonsense because... More 

1 Thank Melanie1761980
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 29 September 2015

I went with my two young boys and thought they might get bored but the experience captured their attention and the crew paid special attention to them and answered all their questions. Excellent organisation, professional information and truly respectful approaching and navigation among and between the whales. A real experience and privilege!

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