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Ivanhoe Sea Safaris - Whale & Big 5 Sea Safari 2Hr Trips

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris - Whale & Big 5 Sea Safari 2Hr Trips
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The Best Boat Base Whale Viewing!

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris is universally regarded as the leading boat-based whale watching company in South Africa. We have been operating since 1996 when the company pioneered Boat Based Whale watching in South Africa! We offer the most prolific whale viewing in season and supreme Eco Marine and Eco Sunset Cruises out of whale season.

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We are fortunate to boast one of the limited whale watching permits allocated country wide.  

We specialize in Boat Based Whale Watching in the Hermanus area and we pride ourselves in offering a uniquely personalized service to all our clients

We operate in Area 6 of Walker Bay which is celebrated as the best location from which to view the magnificent Southern Right Whales.  Our guests are looked after in lavish style by our fully qualified, proficient and registered whale guides whose only duty is to make your trip as memorable as possible. The safety of our guests is paramount and we have all-encompassing public liability insurance.

Area 6 of Walker Bay has the town of Hermanus on its Northern shore and the town of Gansbaai on its Southern shore.  The Ivanhoe launches from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai, from there we travel along the Cliffs of De Kelders and on towards Plaat beach.  Gansbaai is a beautiful, scenic 35-minute drive from Hermanus and a two-hour drive from Cape Town.

Why use Ivanhoe?

We don’t over crowd the boat.

This allows all the guests freedom to move around the boat, lic for 38 but we restrict our guests to 25.

You can view the whales from all parts of the boat; you are not constrained to 1 seat.

We don’t chase the whales, our Skipper, Jason has been qualified in whale approach for 15yrs he respects these magnificent creatures and is passionate about his roll in the Ivanhoe Team.

We do not go to sea if weather conditions will not allow good whale viewing to our guests!

What you can expect to see: - Southern Right Whales.

What you may also see: - Dolphin’s, Cape Fur Seals, Bryde’s Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Orcas, False Killer Whales, Sharks, The African Penguin, Coastal Marine Birds

What you should bring: - Warm Clothes (even in warm weather), Cap/Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Camera, Video Camera, Binoculars, etc.

Weather forecast: - Weather conditions are variable therefore your trip may not always be possible. Trips are dependent on weather conditions and the amount of guests.

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Whale Watching Trips

Whale Watching Trips

Published: 03 Aug 2018
By: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

Some photos from the last few.

Whale Viewing 2018: A Guide to Boat-based Whale Watching

Whale Viewing 2018: A Guide to Boat-based Whale Wa...

Published: 15 Jun 2018
By: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris - Whale & Big 5 Sea Safari 2Hr Trips

The low, bellowing call of a lone Southern Right Whale echoes through the waters of Walker Bay.

Our gentle giants have returned!

Our gentle giants have returned!

Published: 15 Jun 2018
By: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris - Whale & Big 5 Sea Safari 2Hr Trips

W.e had our first official whale trip of the season and as we launched from Gansbaai harbour.

Ivanhoe awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence - 2015

Ivanhoe awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Ex...

Published: 20 May 2015
By: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

What a great way to kick start the season - The Ivanhoe team are so proud to have recieved this award and a...

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