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“Wine, Whales & wonderful sunset.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
2 reviews
“Wine, Whales & wonderful sunset.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

As locals, we were amazed that we had so much still to learn about the beautiful area in which we live. The knowledgeable Staff from Ivanhoe Sea Safaris shared information ranging from, the sights, caves & coastline of De Kelders, to facts & figures about the Marine Big 5, their interaction with each other & causes of the Africans' penguins decrease in numbers. This together with playing 'hide & seek' with Bryde's whales by observing their ' footprints' & waiting patiently closeby for them to surface, made for a wonderful afternoon outing. Finished off by the 'cherry on the top' of excellent local wines & cheeses & romantic sunset. Thank you for a most memorable Sunset cruise. Adrian & Estelle Swanepoel, Hermanus

Visited January 2017
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“A whale of a time (even without the whales)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I suspected that I had left it too late in the season, and I was also warned by the tour operator that there are unlikely to be whale sightings, but we decided to go anyway at a very much reduced price. We toured with 2 kids and the skippers were great at explaining about the area and marine life. We saw marine birds, sea lions and a penguin. I loved the sea air and it was fun to be out in the bay and experience the wildness of the ocean. We loved it! The sea air did me a lot of good and I had the best sleep in years that night! The boat has an upper deck and this was a really fun experience. I will go back next year to see if we are lucky to spot some whales.

Visited November 2016
Thank SVW212
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Namur, Belgium
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

it was a bad season for the whales when we went on the cruise. but the staff did all they could to take us to the best spot to see whales and sharks. and even if the season was almost over, we were able to see a baby shark, an adult shark and 2 whales. yes i was expecting to see a whale from near but they where far and didn't want to approach so all we saw was their back. but the staff gave really good explanations all the way about everything concerning marine life.
and they were very helpful with the sick passengers even after the cruise.
they even took us to see the penguins and the seals.
I was disappointed not to see the whales from near but very impressed with the efficacy of the team to

Visited November 2016
Thank nathgeagea
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“Very professional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We booked a Whale Trip with Ivanhoe, but due to circumstances beyond their control we were never able to go. They sent us an email letting us know that there weren't any whales in the area, and that they were closing the whale season early instead of disappointing their clients. They offered to still take us out for a very reduced price or to give us a full refund. We opted for a refund, which they processed very quickly.

The thing about wild animals is that they are unpredictable. And if there aren't any whales in the area, that is not something the company can control. If you want guaranteed animals, go to Sea World. Considering the circumstances, Ivanhoe did everything they could to rectify the situation, and we found the way that they handled it to be very professional. If we ever get a chance to visit South Africa again, I would not hesitate to book a whale trip with Ivanhoe again.

Visited October 2016
Thank Scarlett S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“No whale guarentee”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

On our trip to Cape Town we choose Ivanhoe Sea Safari, because of their "whale-guarantee". In god faith that we would see some whales, we used 2 1/2 hour in a car from Cape Town to Ivanhoe Sea Safari (both ways). Unfortunately we did not see one single whale!.
Because of their guarentee we were sure that Ivanhoe Sea Safaria would give us full refund. But what we got was 7 completely useless "vouchers", that we could use on out next trip to Cape town. We live in Denmark and Will not come to South Africa again. Hos Can this be a whale-guarentee?
We are very disappointet - both because of The money-loss and because of The Way Ivanhoe Sea Safari handled The situation.

Visited October 2016
2 Thank ChrisPeder
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