“The Ivanhoe”

Best Whale Watching Hermanus on the Queen Of The SA Whale Watching Fleet

The Ivanhoe is a 42 ft. catamaran, which was specifically designed and custom-built for whale watching.  Our extensive experience gained from over 8000 close encounters with our majestic southern right whales was our inspiration for the design of the Ivanhoe.  The most experienced whale skipper in South Africa specifically designed the “Ivanhoe” to provide an exceptionally safe and stable vessel from which to view hermanus whales.

From the Ivanhoe our guests have an unobstructed view of the Hermanus whales and our guests will never get wet – even in inclement weather conditions.  While the Ivanhoe is capable of carrying 40 passengers comfortably, for the indulgence of our guests, we limit passengers to 25 for every trip.  This means that all our passengers can be seated at all times making the trip far more pleasurable.

The Ivanhoe is extremely comfortable, dry and most importantly stable.  Our guests have the advantage of looking down at the Hermnaus whales from the upper viewing bridge, giving them a great perspective.  Other amenities specifically designed with the guest’s pleasure in mind are large, dry cabins on the lower deck as well as toilet facilities.  The Ivanhoe is equipped with two 4-stroke 250hp petrol engines that make the trip exceptionally quiet and pollution free.

We conform and use the highest safety standard life jackets as issued by SAMSA and The South African Maritime Safety Authority surveys the Ivanhoe annually.

Southern Right Whale Facts

These days, southern right whales delight whale watchers with their peculiar looks and crowd attracting antics, like breaching and headstands. They are increasingly seen on the NSW coastline from June to the end of November. You can spot them off the shore of a beach, on a boat or venture into a NSW national park. Southern right whales can be found in very shallow water including estuaries and bays. They have even been known to swim into the surf zone, but are not known to strand. If you are lucky enough, you may even delight in watching the mothers and calves playing together. This is a very important time for the calf, as the mother is teaching its young the life skills it will need before it returns to the Antarctic.

3 days ago

Penny Bird
Today I braved the 10 knot wind, 3 metre swell and a little light drizzle to see if I could capture a whale leaping out of the water... Alas, no high jumps, but something infinitely more heartwarming. A little calf, who has obviously not been around long enough to know his mum's rules about boats, swam up to Ivanhoe Sea Safaris, took a peak at us, and then smacked his fin in the water from excitement. His joy was short lived: mum briskly scooped him up and whisked him off to the depths for a lecture. So, so precious and touching. The photograph of his little fin doesn't do him justice, but his memory I will always treasure. And... at the risk of boring you with my wave photo's...today's fav (a big thank you to the sun for focussing your light on my wave for a few seconds!) and check out the magnificent sight of 1,000 cormorants resting on the sea. #lovesouthafrica #magical #changinglight #giftsfromnature ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
We still have a few seats open for the week ahead 🤩 we’ve been filling up fast so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment 🐳 On our last day of good weather and 3 trips we saw over 20 Southern right whales and 10 babies 👀 We look forward to welcoming you onboard 🦀📸 Johann Nel🔗 Follow this link to live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit📞 Call or WhatsApp on +27 (0) 82 926 7977✉️ Email - info@whaleviewing.co.za 🖥️ Website - www.whaleviewing.co.za📷 Follow us on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/ivanhoeseasafaris/🎥 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://bit.ly/3lZVrrl ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Some incredible sightings lately with the Whale Season coming into full swing 🤩🐋Lately we have seen the following: 🪸 lots of Southern Right whales and their babies 🪸 10 humpback whales with 1 baby 🪸 2 Brydes whales🪸 700+ bottle nose dolphins 🪸 3 endangered humpback dolphinsAnd much much more 👀We run 3 trips a day 🌞 (weather depending) Which means there is lots of time to get you onboard one of our trips 🇿🇦 with our 40% South African discount! Pop us a WhatsApp or book online! 👇🏼https://whaleviewing.co.za/online-bookings/📹 Dylan Swanepoel🔗 Follow this link to live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit📞 Call or WhatsApp on +27 (0) 82 926 7977✉️ Email - info@whaleviewing.co.za 🖥️ Website - www.whaleviewing.co.za📷 Follow us on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/ivanhoeseasafaris/🎥 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://bit.ly/3lZVrrl ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
AND WE ARE BACK 😎☀️ Weather for the next 3 days are fabulous before the wind picks-up from Wednesday to Friday 🌬️*Sunday 31st* 3.30 pm ✅*Monday 1st*10am Full ❌1pm Full ❌3.30pm ✅*Tuesday 2nd* 10am ✅1pm ✅3.30 ✅ Let us know if you would like to join us for a trip and the opportunity to see some amazing sightings of these gentle giants! Below are the viewings we had from the 24th July - 28th July. 🤩 An abundance of sightings so far! and only getting better 🤞 Pop us a message to book your seat and don't forget to ask about our 40% South African discount 🇿🇦 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Some of the best sightings we get are a cow and her calf relaxing in the waters 🐋 Just like all babies whale calf’s can be curious and social without much concern for danger ⛔️ This morning our guests got a lovely up close encounter with a southern right whale and her baby ☀️ fortunately the cow did not have any concern for the boat and knew we were not a threat to her or her calf. A beautiful sighting on a beautiful day! Let us know when we can book your seats 🐋📹 Dylan Swanepoel🔗 Follow this link to live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit📞 Call or WhatsApp on +27 (0) 82 926 7977✉️ Email - info@whaleviewing.co.za 🖥️ Website - www.whaleviewing.co.za📷 Follow us on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/ivanhoeseasafaris/🎥 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://bit.ly/3lZVrrl ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Breaching Southern Right whales on our first trip this morning 🤩🐋☀️There are many theories as to why Whale’s Breach (Lifts its body and leaps out of the water exposing up to 90% of its body above the surface) 🌊We aren’t completely certain why they do this, we’re just grateful we get to watch 👀Join us on one of our upcoming trips to get your font row seats to spectacular sightings of the beautiful marine life in the bay 🐋📹 Dylan Swanepoel🔗 Follow this link to live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit📞 Call or WhatsApp on +27 (0) 82 926 7977✉️ Email - info@whaleviewing.co.za 🖥️ Website - www.whaleviewing.co.za📷 Follow us on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/ivanhoeseasafaris/🎥 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://bit.ly/3lZVrrl ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Franclin Adventures
Whale 🐋 trip with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris...#whaleofatime #whale #brydeswhale #seasafari #seasafaricruises #whalecoastsa #whalecoast #walkerbay #overberg #southafrica #menseselense #wegtydskrif #joureisbeginhier #ontdekjouplek ... See MoreSee Less
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