Our Pledge

Our goal is to provide the best whale viewing experience to all our passengers, making the day a memorable and fun experience and above all, savor the time they spend with us.  We aim to provide interesting and educational information about our bay and its inhabitants.  While every effort is made to ensure memorable encounters with the animals, the unpredictability of wildlife makes it impossible to guarantee sightings and interactions with 100% certainty.

We have a select license which allows us to approach the Southern Right Whales up to a distance of 50m at no wake speed.  We then stop the boat and allow the whales to control the nature and propinquity of the encounter.  Fortunately, whales are curious by nature and most times will swim up to and all around the boat.  The welfare of the animals is of utmost importance and while we want our passengers to have the best whale viewing experience that is truly unforgettable, we will not endanger the well-being of these majestic sea creatures in any way.

However, on trips where no animals that we were targeting are seen, we will issue our passengers a “RETRIP VOUCHER”. These vouchers have NO EXPIRY DATE and will be reissued as many times as it takes for you to sight the animal you were looking for.

Southern Right Whale Facts

It has very dark grey or black skin, with occasional white patches on the belly. Its two separate blow holes produce a distinguishing V-shaped blow. Southern rights have an enormous head which is up to one quarter of total body length. The callosities on the head are made of hard material, similar to human finger-nails, which appear white due to large colonies of whale lice called cyamids. The number, shape and position of the callosities are unique to each individual whale, and allow us to tell them apart. Southern right whales tend to have a large callosity at the front of the head, called a ‘bonnet’.

6 days ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Trip Diary – 09 January 2022Yesterday was an epic day out on the Atlantic, with our ocean friend showing off the splendor of our temperate seas. We started off our tour by heading towards the caves of De Kelders noticing thousands of terns heading out to sea.Terns are a major indicator that they may be fish moving through the bay, so we watched as they fluttered by and took note of which direction, they were flying to follow them a little later on. We stopped at the drip kelders, Duiwelsgat and Klipgat cave before moving into deeper waters in search of the birds we’d left earlier in the day. We found an army of Cape Fur Seals cruising though the bay, all in search of a meal. We then spotted what we were hoping to see, a flock of terns circling above some disturbed water.On approach, we were delighted to discover a mega pod of Common Dolphins feeding. Initially, we caught up with some of the scouts before catching up with the main pod! They travelled with us for a bit before carrying on in their bid to herd the fish. The pod started out super scattered but eventually all joined together to form a beautiful cohesive form. We loved travelling with this group and spotting all the little babies in between the lightning-fast adults!We also had a variety of seabirds joining in on the feast, with Sooty Shearwaters, Arctic Skuas and a variety of Tern species all trying their best to feed in amongst the dolphins. live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit...082 926 7977 (Send us a WhatsApp to book your tour :))info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.zaFollow 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
Big 5 Sea Safari Weekly Trips and Combo SpecialsNext Trip according to current forecast!Sunday 9th-Jan – 10am and 1pmMonday 10th-Jan – CLOSED High Westerly WindsTuesday 11th-Jan – CLOSED High Westerly WindsWednesday 12th-Jan – 10am ONLY unless forecast improvesThursday/Friday CLOSED Bad WeatherOpen again on Sunday the 15th-Jan2hr - Big 5 Sea Safari - SA SpecialAdults R600Children 6-12 R300Infants FreeSpecies we are targeting are: - Bryde's Whale, Dolphin, Seal, Penguin and Marine Bird-life.https://whaleviewing.co.za/online-bookings/For an awesome combo-special we have teamed up with Afrikanos for a Nile Crocodile Experience!Enjoy a 2hr Big 5 Sea Safari, 45Min Guided Croc Tour, a thin based Pizza to die for, and a locally produced beer.2hr - Big 5 Sea Safari 10am or 1pm – Croc Combo SA Special45Min Guided Croc TourPizzaDrinkAdults R800Children 6-12 R400Infants Freehttps://whaleviewing.co.za/big-5-sea-safari-and-croc-tour-combo/#Afrikanos #whalewatching #seals #wildlife #Gansbaai #hermanus ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Trip Diary – 04 January 2022We had the most amazing time out on the Atlantic today, spotting A Brydes Whale, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and a mega pod of Common Dolphins!We started off our trip cruising through the bay in search of wildlife, catching up with a Brydes Whale in the middle of the bay. This loner was slowly travelling along in search of food and we got to see the whale come up several times before we decided to see what else the ocean had in store.Next up, we found 3 very relaxed little African Penguins who gave us some great views before we moved on towards Danger Point. Lots of white water gave way the presence of over 1000 Common Dolphins making their way through the bay, much to our delight!We then spent the rest of our tour in awe of these ocean wanderers as they leaped out in the water in search of lunch.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...082 926 7977 (Send us a WhatsApp to book your tour :))info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.zaFollow 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
Trip Diary – 03 January 2022Yesterday, we did our first two tours for the year! We are lucky to have a couple of Brydes Whales about in the bay at the moment, and spotted these mysterious creatures on both tours. We also got to see some African Penguins after a long absence from our tours! The Cape Cormorants were feeding all throughout our time at sea and some Swift Terns dotted the sky as we travelled along. We also had an exciting sight where we found a Cape Fur Seal with a tag on its flipper, number 003 tagged at the Two Oceans Aquarium! 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...082 926 7977 (Send us a WhatsApp to book your tour :))info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.zaFollow 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
Trip Diary – 31 December 2021We spent Old Years Eve in the best possible way, cruising around Walker Bay in search of all of our favorite sea creatures! We were lucky enough to have a pod of Common Dolphins sticking around in the bay, and we caught up with them on both of our tours. We started off the first tour of the day with a sighting of the Trans Aghulhas Boat race, the toughest inflatable boat race in the world! The pencil ducks sped past us on their way to Hermanus as we made our way to the caves of De Kelders. After stopping at the caves, we set out into the deep where we had a look our for any signs of life, eventually spotting some Terns flittering about in the distance.The Terns gave away the presence of our beautiful Common Dolphins, who were enjoying a New Years feast below. We watched in the state of awe that this species always inspires, as they went about their hunt. Teeny tiny babies popped up next to their moms as other dolphins jumped and chased each other about, making for an awesome sight. We then spent some time at our Cape Fur Seal colony before heading back to the harbour.On the second tour we set out intent on finding the Commons once more and were rewarded when we spotted a smaller group which had broken away from the larger pod. We travelled with them as they led the way back to the bigger aggregation, and we enjoyed every moment spent with these incredible creatures. 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...082 926 7977 (Send us a WhatsApp to book your tour :))info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.zaFollow 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
Trip Diary – 30 DecemberWe had two trips yesterday, with a massive baitball blessing us with some incredible sights.Our first tour of the day launched at 1pm and saw us heading into slightly deeper waters to steer clear of the swell that was hanging around after some westerly wind. We started the trip of with a sighting of a Seal eating an Octopus, and then did some travelling about to see what was happening in our bay. We then spotted some Terns and decided to approach, as this is the best way to find other sea life! we were rewarded, with a ton of Cape Fur Seals, hundreds of Terns, an Arctic Skua and some Cape Cormorants all feeding in unison! We got one or two quick views of a Brydes Whale, but it was the mega pod of Common Dolphins that really stole the show.We were lucky enough to find these dolphins on trip 2 too! We had many extremely excited guests on board, which only added to the splendor and extreme joy of the moment! We watched and watched as the dolphins hunted and traveled with us. We spotted babies and a couple of different bird species as the young, budding biologists on board soaked up every movement and every fact that we happily offered out. A Giant Petrel flew by, an Arctic Skua chased our terns, with Commons, Sandwich and the Swifter of this family all littering the sky and providing the soundtrack for the dolphins feast. We then stopped by our Cape Fur Seal colony where we got to see one of our naughty little pups climbing out the water, something he should be nowhere near at his young age!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...082 926 7977 (Send us a WhatsApp to book your tour :))info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.zaFollow 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
Trip Diary – 28 DecemberWe had 3 incredible trips on Tuesday, spotting dolphins on all 3 of our tours! We started off the day cruising along the caves before heading into the deep where we spotted a stunning pod of Common Dolphins close to Danger Point. The pod was on the move, travelling fast and leaping out in synchronization, much to the delight of all onboard. Common Dolphins have the ability to leave one completely starstruck and judging by the reactions on board, they really lived up to this reputation during this incredible sighting. We then set off to watch our seal colony before heading back towards the harbour. We were also lucky to spot 2 Ocean Sunfish on this tour, with some brilliant views of the second strange looking bony fish on the way back.The second tour of the day showed off the ocean at her best. We travelled throughout the entire bay before stopping at our seal colony to have a look out for our pups, with the deep water yielding no signs of life. As we were hanging out with our seals, one of our eagle eyed clients spotted a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins, who gave us an awesome show as they travelled along with us and did a couple of full body breaches. We spotted these dolphins at the very last minute, really bringing home the fact that when out at sea, nothing is ever guaranteed, but nothing is impossible either. We managed to catch up with the same group of dolphins on trip 3, with one particularly animal doing several summersaults for us, a rare an wonderful sight that captured all of our hearts. We then went on to our seal colony where we spotted 2 of our seal pups who had been in hiding on the earlier tours before spotting not one, not 2 but 5 Brydes Whales in the middle of the bay. 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...082 926 7977 (Send us a WhatsApp to book your tour :))info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.zaFollow 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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