No two trips are the sae. 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 Brydes 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.
Before each trip, a brief, informative talk is given on what animals to look out for and the route we will be taking. Each passenger is fitted with a reliable life jacket to ensure safety. On each trip, we drink a toast to “Our Whales” in iced water. We launch from the fishing harbour of Gansbaai and travel along the Cliffs of De Kelders towards the Plaat beach.
Guest will have a fun yet educational experience. All trips have proficient marine guides on board to answer your questions and share their vast knowledge of the ocean and its creatures with you. Our objective is to adhere to responsible tourism guidelines and the emphasis of all our trips is on the conservation and welfare of these magnificent animals. We offer unique trips that give you the ability to observe some of the ocean’s biggest and enigmatic inhabitants in their natural surroundings.
Early (Peak) – 7am – 9am
Morning – 10am – 12pm
Afternoon – 1pm – 3pm
Late Afternoon – 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Peak Season Sep – Oct – Nov
Sunset Replaces – TBA 2 days before
Late Afternoon – 3:30-5:30pm – 5:30-7:30pm
Our whale watching trips take place from June to December however, should the
whales change their migration schedule (arrive early and leave later) we will
adjust our schedule accordingly. Generally the trip last 2 hrs, but can be longer
depending on how quickly we find the whales.
At the start of the season we launch twice daily at 10am and 1pm, in main
season (Aug-Sep-Oct) we put on an extra trip in the morning with a 7am launch
and then from September on-wards an extra trip in the afternoon either 3:30pm
or if a good sunset is forecasted a trip at 5pm. The 5pm trip is truly a
magnificent experience watching the whales bask in the shallow waters as well
as experiencing a stunning Walker Bay sunset.
As you enter Gansbaai on the R43 from Hermanus, at the second four way stop
turn right into Voortrekker Street. At the next stop please turn left into Kerk
Street. Take the next right into Hawe Street and continue into the Harbour. Look
out for Ivanhoe Sea Safaris on the left hand side of the Harbour.
GPS: LON – 34 35 015 LAT 019 20 934