Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

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Ivanhoe Sea Safaris is regarded as one of the leading boat-based whale watching companies in South Africa. We also boast one of the limited whale watching permits allocated country wide. We specialize in Boat Based Whale Watching 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 (the true whale capital) is a beautiful, scenic 35-minute drive from Hermanus and a two-hour drive from Cape Town.
The whale viewing boat has fixed launched times of 7am, 10am, 1pm and often a 3:30 or 5pm Sunset trip (weather dependant), therefore we recommend taking the 1pm trip unless the later trip is running.

Whale season starts June and ends December, whale trips last 2hrs (if we find whales straight away) to 2.5hrs, we offer a money back guarantee in peak season (Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov) if we don’t find Whales – We do not go to sea if we know the whales have not yet arrived or will not interact because of bad weather.

Whale viewing on “The Ivanhoe” off the shores of Gansbaai is world renowned for providing the best whale viewing in the World.

Card Facilities on-Line and at the Harbour.

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Our address

-34.58368704896686, 19.34713840484619
+27 (0) 28 384 0556

Opening Hours

7am - 5pm
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2017-05-10 23:13:03
My friend and I went whale watching with Ivanhoe a couple of years ago. I had done a *lot* of research into whale watching boats in the area (of which only about 5 had a whale watching permit), and picked Ivanhoe largely because I liked the sound of the smaller boats, not stuffed to capacity. Also they were nearer De Kelders, where we were staying, which is quieter and much nicer I think than Hermanus - we stayed on the coast and could hear whales blowing from our beds! As it turned out, there were only 2 other tourists on the boat, plus two crew and one of them had brought his young daughter, so it was a bit like a family trip :) The crew were great and very knowledgeable, and although the whales were a bit scarce to start off with, we eventually had a couple come right up to the boat :) There was also the odd seal back in the harbour. Before the trip, Monique in the office was great, patiently and helpfully dealing with our requests, tight schedule, and worries about the weather. Oh and we booked the wrong date to start off with too! I can't remember what the food was like but I was very satisfied with the whole experience so I gave everything full marks :)
2017-05-10 18:44:07
Most enjoyable trip.
Chris and Alison Piggott
2017-05-09 20:41:21
Best whale watching trip ever! Such knowledgeable and responsible skipper and crew. We're sure the whales enjoyed watching us too.
2017-05-09 15:16:39
Best trip ever! Friendly and professional staff with the utmost respect for not only their clients, but for the whales too.
2017-05-09 14:41:48
Crew are passionate about the ocean. Friendly, knowledgeable and focussed on client satisfaction without compromising the safety of the client and the ocean. Boat has the capacity to carry 40 but is capped at 26 to ensure freedom of movement and uninterrupted views of whales and other marine life. Will recommend Ivanhoe Sea Safaris anytime.
2017-05-09 13:34:01
Best whale watching trip I ever went on, hermanus boats were over crowed and Ivanhoe gave us a viewing experience like no other - Can highly recommend the company!!!
2017-05-09 13:33:53
Great experience - the staff is very experienced and very responsible (not all of the whale watching companies are). We saw whales right next to the boat and it was just a wonderful encounter! Thanks so much!
2017-05-09 12:49:22
Great company to work for, offers a great product to our guests and all our staff are passionate about working with Whales
2017-05-08 13:28:09
Most ethical operator in the area - Read there Trip Advisor reviews that confirm this!

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