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“An almost private tour”

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
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Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 16 October 2014 via mobile

When visiting the Westcape area in October, whale watching is a must-do! There are only a few companies with licences for whale watching tours in the Hermanus area and since Ivanhoe came highly recommended by our hotel hostess we decided to drive slightly further out to Gansbaai and join their late morning trip. Like most other reviewers, we got an almost private tour with very few other people on board. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and respectful towards the animals. We encountered a fur seal, some penguins and quite a few whales with calves. The staff always kept the boat at a nice distance, close enough to take some great photos yet far enough not to disturb these magnificent mammals. Great little company!

Thank Katja_AMS
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Reviewed 9 October 2014

I booked a tour with Ivanhoe. Unfortunately, on the morning we were supposed to go on the tour, they informed us that the boat wouldn't be able to go out. However, they promptly offered to book us on another tour operator on the same day a few hours later. We didn't have to make any confirmations with the other tour operator because Ivanhoe took care of everything and informed us of all the details. Great service!

Thank ardentrover
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Reviewed 2 October 2014

Best way to spend 2 hours! I'm lucky to see whales in Walker Bay on a daily basis from De Kelders but there is something entirely magical about being able to observe these magnificent marine creatures in the own habitat. The captain and crew are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly which makes for a wonderful, educational experience. Small groups allow for personal attention and movement aboard - great for photographers looking for the perfect shot. A memorable and joyous adventure for old and young alike, family, solo or for a romantic trip for two. If you are visiting the Stanford/Gansbaai area, this is a must!

Thank scar*let n
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Reviewed 24 September 2014

Whale watching by boat is an amazing experience, and something that should be on your bucket list. We had a great morning with the Ivanhoe crew - even though the wind was blowing quite hard, which did make the sea quite choppy and difficult to spot the whales. But we were not disappointed, and our skipper found a small group of whales - where we spent time watching them frolick and play. We also had the opportunity to see a Mom and new baby from a distance - however we left them alone. On our way back to the harbour, we were privileged to enjoy a great show by a lone brindle male, who entertained us with his spectacular lobtailing and could hear his slapping on the water. What was great was that even though we had to get back to harbour for the next trip that was planned, the skipper did not rush us as we watched the spectacular lobtailing display.

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Reviewed 23 September 2014

Amazing 2 and a bit hours watching the whales. Crew very friendly and helpful with lots of information about the whales and dolphins we saw. Small group size made the experience even better. Definitely worth the trip on from Hermanus to Gansbai to go whale watching with Ivanhoe.

Thank Rachel F
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