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’.

3 days ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
SHARK cage dive and WHALE trip combo 🦈🐋 ☀️Definitely the most popular combo on the list! Enjoy a day filled with adventure starting with a morning Shark Cage Dive! This experience begins with a breakfast while you signed in and prepare for your dive. Once everyone is checked in you receive a quick safety briefing and head to the boat for your departure. On the boat you get amazing sightings of the sharks coming right up to the boat for that face to face encounter. 🦈Kitted in a wetsuit and googles you are ready to brave the elements, you climb into your cage and wait for the sharks to come and greet you! The friendly and informative crew ensure you get the best out of your experience and also keep you feeling safe wether you’re in the cage or on the boat ⚓️After you’ve braved the sharks you return to land for a warm cooked meal and a debrief. Once you’re done eating and all prepared for round two! You travel a short distance to the Gansbaai harbour where you join us for a 2 hour boat based whale trip. Your time in the water is now done and you get to enjoy a birds eye view of the whales and hopefully other sea life too! We spend most of our time looking for Southern Right Whales but we also target all the following species:🦀 Brydes Whales🦀 Humpback Whales🦀 Dolphin (Common, Bottle nose and more)🦀 Cape Fur Seal🦀 Penguin🦀 Marine Birdlife⚠️ Please note: as we are working with nature and have a deep respect for the ocean and her animals we cannot guarantee any sightings on either of these trips. Don’t worry, we have systems in place should this happen 😁Around 3.30 pm you will be done with your trip and ready to head home after a day on the water 🐋🦈☀️ (we are also able to offer this combo over 2 days)📹 The below video is an idea of what you will experience on your shark cage dive! We had 2 of our crew join White Shark Diving Company on one of their morning excursions this week! 10/10 experience that they would recommend to anyone (even if you don’t want to climb in the cage) Let us know if you have any questions 👍🏼🔗 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
🐋 DID YOU KNOW💡Southern Right Whales are naturally friendly, inquisitive animals that swim slowly and prefer to stick close to the coast. That makes these whales great for viewing as they can be easier to spot and are curious enough to come right up to the boat to get a better look at it, giving us the chance to get a better look at them! That is exactly what happened on todays trip 😁Definitely our closest encounter for the season… so far 😉 don’t miss out on your opportunity to see these gentle giants up close. Our next trip is Saturday at 1pm with a few seats still open 👏🏻 📞 🔗 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
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2 weeks ago

White Shark Projects
Epic day on the sea today for our volunteers. 4 great white sharks, humpback whales, southern right whales… what more could we ask for! Days do not get better than this!Want to join our volunteer programme?Contact us now on volunteer@whitesharkprojects.co.zaThanks to our volunteer @cilantroll for these great clips! White Shark Video White Shark Projects Gansbaai Tourism Love Cape Town Volunteer & Travel Ivanhoe Sea Safaris#shark #greatwhiteshark #apexpredator #humpbackwhale #marineanimals #volunteer #volunteertravel #dontmissout #daysdontgetbetterthanthis #volunteerism #magicmoments #exploregansbaai ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
After all the rain and wind we finally see a break in the clouds and some sunshine on the horizon ☀️ 🌅We have trips running on Thursday, Friday and maybe Sunday! Before the next bad weather comes to Walker bay 🌧 Call us or send a WhatsApp to book your seats. Keep up with our Weekly weather forecasts to plan your trips in advance and avoid disappointment 📆 🔗 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

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Trip Diary Updates! 🐋🐬🦭🐟🐠Our first few trips of the season have not disappointed! While we have not seen as many whales as the peak season (August/September) we have had an abundance of viewings for our guests to enjoy! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Sightings summary for the past week:🦀 6 Humpback Whales🦀 4 Brydes Whales🦀 4 Southern Right Whales🦀 2 groups of 200 - 300 Bottle nose Dolphins🦀 Colony of Cape Fur Seals feeding🦀 African Penguin🇿🇦 Southern Africa has an abundance of marine life with over 30 species of Dolphins and Whales, Walker Bay mainly has 3 whale species and 3 Dolphin Species that can be seen regularly, but others do sometimes come into the bay, however this is rare and unpredictable.We have another trip going out at 1pm tomorrow before the week of bad weather ahead ⛈Give us a call or a WhatsApp to reserve your seats 📞🔗 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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