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’.

23 hours ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
This is something extra special! Have a look at our whale watching area from above, courtesy of an international space station! Thanks Fatbike Tours South Africa for sharing! Did you know that in South Africa, every whale watching company has a permitted area in which they're allowed to watch whales?Our area runs from Danger Point to Sophie's Klip, phsyical landmark's that can be seen from sea. We're lucky to have this beautiful section of the beach all to ourselves, with the whales loving the shallow water just behind the breakers.To come and see it all for yourself, book now:info@whaleviewing.co.za+27 82 926 7977#whalewatching #Gansbaai #whalesofwalkerbayHermanus beachhttps://flic.kr/p/2mdDmbq ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
A little ode to the sea creatures of Walker Bay 💙🐋Even when you're not whale watching, there are so many magical creatures to marvel at in the area.Although our conditions are not always optimal for snorkeling either, when the South Easter blows, it creates clear, calm and cold conditions for us to enjoy!The weather has turned again from a beautiful few days, but this weekend looks like whale watching weather! We're hoping to run trips on:Friday 10amSaturday 10amSunday 10am and Monday 10am Book your whale watch by contacting us below:+27 82 926 7977info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.za#whalewatch #wewatchwhales #Gansbaai ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Perfect weather day in De Kelders! ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Sometimes, you just need to see a photo of a baby dolphin.Happy Friday to all our loyal supporters 💙🐋🇿🇦+27 82 926 7977info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.za#whalewatch #wewatchwhales #Gansbaai ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
We’re a little biased because we think whale watching is a must do activity in Gansbaai, but we also love:Joining Fatbike Tours South Africa for a trip to Die Plaat Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails for the adventure of a lifetimeQuiet walks and reconnecting to nature at Platbos Forest ReserveWalks along the cliff path and into Klipgat CaveA swim in the De Kelders Drip CaveBreakfast Cliff LodgeA snorkel in De KeldersDinner at Blue GooseSweet treats and coffee at Gansbaai Coffee CompanyA slow drive to Danger Point lighthouse A soft serve on Franskraal beachA vist to Gansbaai Book Exchange to find some old treasuresGansbaai Country Market on a Saturday morning with a coffee from Raging Goose CoffeeTaking the backroad to Stanford and driving past the beautiful Lomond Wine Estate damSpotting Zebras at Romansbaai Beach & Fynbos EstateIs there anything we’re missing? Show us your favourite things to do in the comments below!Ivanhoe has availability on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 10am for our whale watches 😊 To join one of our tours, call Nicci:+27 82 926 7977or send us email: info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.za#whalewatch #wewatchwhales #Gansbaai ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Though the weather is a little dreary, we're dreaming about heading back out when the weather clears again! Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are all beautiful sea days!During whale season, we head out mostly in search of Southern Right Whales. These whales can be seen off the coast of Southern Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand. They feed in Sub Antarctica but move out of the stormy winter seas to calmer sheltered areas, which is in part, why we see them in our winter months! For the most part, when these whales are here, they are living off of their own fat reserves! This means that they are fasting, as they cannot find their food in abundance here. Mother whales have a particularly tough time, as they are also feeding their little ones hundreds of liters of a milk a day! By the time they head back down south, or perhaps west, these mothers could have shed 1/3 of their body weight! To join one of our tours, call Nicci:+27 82 926 7977or send us email: info@whaleviewing.co.zawww.whaleviewing.co.za#whalewatch #wewatchwhales #Gansbaai ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
We're so happy to have donated our single use plastic water bottles for a good cause, especially since we have something very exciting in the works that we'll be sharing shortly!The swop shop and soup kitchen is an amazing initiative by White Shark Projects and our guide Jax was lucky enough to go along and get to see how it all works. Old toys, clothes and books can de donated to this initiative, and new stationary is always welcome! Food donations also welcome for the soup kitchen which runs on Tuesdays with the Swop Shop ♥️🇿🇦🐋 ... See MoreSee Less
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