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Been on our boat we would appreciate it if our visitors could leave us a small whale watching review on the experience and service received form Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

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Surprised

★★★★★
Used these guys after much recommendation from TA users. Surprised that there weren't too many reviews. Got in touch with them through their website and they were extremely helpful and very quick in answering my queries. Booked it by email and paid them when we got there. They do 2 to 3 trips a day but it is weather dependent. The boat is a reasonable size with toilet on board. We saw numerous whales on our trip. The boat goes near the whales but not close enough to touch and the whales approach the boat rather than the boat chasing which i guess must be good for whales. Overall can thoroughly recommend these guys if you want to do whale watching in Gansbaai.
- Dselvan

Fully recommend the trip

★★★★★
Fully recommend the trip, once in a life time experience! Amazing gentle giants..... Top marks to the crew for looking after us so well.
- Mark Combrinkt

This is what we had come to see

★★★★★
I can’t promise you that we’ll actually see them,” Jason said. We nodded our understanding and climbed aboard the motorboat, cameras tucked safely in a rug-sack. Just in case. We had been out with Jason and his boat Ivanhoe several times before in Gansbaai, South Africa. As we launched from the pier, we reminisced about a previous trip to Dyer Island where we witnessed a shark leap out of the shallows and snatch an unsuspecting seal sunning on the rocks. It was a sight to behold, but this time we weren’t here for the sharks. The wind was calm but picked up once we motored out of the harbor and headed northwest along the coast towards Hermanus. Jason had his camera handy as the pilot slowed Ivanhoe down and turned the motor off. Then we all looked out across the sea and waited. Nothing. But Jason and his team do this almost everyday and knew what to do next. The pilot started up the motor and we cruised a bit further along the coast. And that's when we saw them — a small pod of whales that had come to calve and mate. This is what we had come to see.
- Armand Dijcks

Brilliant whales

★★★★☆
fantastic crue would recommend
- James Norris

tremendous close up encounters

★★★★★
We have been visiting the Cape to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday, at a time of illness. Her great desire was to see and be close to the whales. Michelle, Jason and team were fantastic in ensuring that this happened. We went out two days running, and each experience was very different, as was the weather. Everything was professional, and really friendly, and the crew went to great lengths to help my wife on and off the boat, and to ensure that with limited mobility the boat was positioned for her to see the whales. The enthusiasm of the team and personal interest added immensely to such a memorable experience. We had tremendous close up encounters with inquisitive southern rights, which swam around and under us, from every direction. Our first trip gave us the experience of a group of five, while an individual came closer and was the more inquisitive on our second day. The photos we obtained are stunning, and those on the Ivanhoe Facebook page are a bonus. One of the best, if not the best, wildlife encounters in 30 years in Africa. Did you know that whales have bad breath, and that the oily spray from the blowhole can really mess up your lens! Thank you guys, and I would not hesitate to recommend your operation to anybody - excellent value all around. Peter & Jutta
- Peter Jackson

super crew

★★★★★
We were the only two guests on our tour (11-13.30 clock). Get super crew, information about the whales and maintained respect for the animals. We saw a lot of whales from up close. A highlight of our holiday in South Africa
- Sandra V

Ivanhoe are great

★★★★★
This is an experienced team who know exactly what they are doing, are obviously concerned about the well being of the great sea creatures we are going to see, and make the whole whale watching experience really worthwhile... This reviewer has been on the Ivanhoe boat for the 4th time now and will definitely be coming back for more. The trip starts at 11:00 am from Gaansbai and lasts about 3 hours in Walkers Bay. If you're lucky you will also see Great White Sharks. You can whale watch from the shoreline... but it's not until your are in the water next to them that you really appreciate the experience.
- derekandsabine

the staff friendly

★★★★★
a nice excursion from the port of gansbaai to see the whales. austral winter of the sea in this area is frequented by thousands of southern right whales. it is the southern right whale a whale from 15 to 18 meters long and weighing up to 50/60 tons. are peaceful animals and onlookers who often approach boats. and so it was in our caso.ne have seen many, and some almost "touch". a wonderful experience. Ivanohe the boat is sufficiently spacious and comfortable, the staff friendly. definitely recommend this team
- Stefano

enjoyable experiences

★★★★★
My wife and I went out on Ivanhoe with our 4 children between 7 and 3. We had close interactions with several groups of whales and a school of dolphins. It was wonderful to hear and see these creatures in their own waters. The ship is comfortable and was operated by the owner and an equally able partner. Ivanhoe is a family-run business so friendly, personal service is no problem. They are very conscientious of the weather and will reschedule based on sea conditions. Even though rescheduling can be disappointing, it shows their commitment to safety and good experience for customers. They also went out their way to find and reserve a shark diving trip at last minute. Ivanhoe and shark diving at Gansbaai were at the top of our long list of enjoyable experiences in the Western Cape.
- SeanB

I would recommend the trip

★★★★★
We went with our 2 children (2 and 5), on a sunny calm day, the team is so friendly , its a family business and our daughter was with their daughter piloting the boat with the Captain daddy. We saw a lot of whales and dolphins, it was like going on holiday! we also had snacks and water and lollipops for the kiddies. I would recommend the trip and thanks Michelle et her team for such a great experience
- Indiasophia

professional yet sensitive approach

★★★★★
We were a little sceptical as to what we might encounter but were at once highly impressed with the professional yet sensitive approach of the boat crew to the many whales we did encounter The boat is well equipped and made possible some "to die for" sightings All the team including the land based crew who took our booking added immeasurably to the pleasure of this, albeit not inexpensive, trip. Very highly recommend this family run business operating out of Gansbaai harbour Really worth every rand!!!
- GreenSEssex

beautifull experience

★★★★★
We had a beautifull experience with this safari. Luckily the sea was calm with light swell. A very capable crew tells the guests all about the whales and approaches them with respect. We saw almost 10 whales on our two hour plus trip and got a group of dolphins as nice extra. Woww effect when you hear a whale breathing out so close. Tip for a nice place to stay is 'on the rocks' b&b just around the corner with a breath taking sea view and friendly hosts.
- Dick H

close encounters

★★★★★
We chose Ivanhoe because of their smaller group sizes. We have been on many whale watches and our priority was a small group tour that didn’t crowd the boat. Michele was great with answering our questions when we first contacted Ivanhoe. She kept us updated with weather conditions and was helpful with rescheduling our tour due to bad weather. Our tour had a small group of people and the boat was very comfortable for everyone. The sea was fairly calm so it was easy to hear the whales spouting. Their exhalation is really amazing when they are close to the boat. We saw several mother/calf pairs including a calf that breached several times. Ivanhoe offered us exactly what we were hoping for - an intimate small group experience with close encounters of the Southern Right Whales.
- BuffeloSunshine

second whale watching experience

★★★★★
This was our second whale watching experience this month and there was truly NO comparison. We had a miserable time on the overcrowded boat with Southern Right Charters but Ivanhoe provided us with an experience that we will remember positively our whole lives. From the moment I contacted Michelle, I knew we were going to have a good experience. Michelle was friendly and professional and gave us ample notice when our Saturday trip was going to be cancelled due to weather and worked with us to reschedule on Sunday. Their boat holds 40 people including the crew but our skipper, Jason, said they never take more than 25 adults out at a time. This makes for such a pleasurable experience. People aren't climbing over each other trying to get a look at the whales. You can EASILY move from side to side or front to back of the boat to get a perfect view of the magnificent creatures. Another thing that really impressed me about Ivanhoe was that when the whales had satisfied their curiosity and moved on, Jason said "okay, folks. we don't chase our whales...we like to leave them in a good mood so let's go find some others." I loved that they respected the whales whilst still giving us a wonderful experience. The other gentleman on the crew (I feel bad that I didn't get his name) made us feel welcome and offered us water throughout the trip. To me, it really seemed as if each person associated with Ivanhoe actually loved what they were doing as opposed to just looking at is as a "job." Make the trip to Gansbaai instead of Hermanus and have access to places only Ivanhoe is able to go. It is SO worth it!
- Azhootie

Mr

★★★☆☆
Amazing
- Ali

1 month ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Happy #PenguinAwarenessDay! Did you know that the African Penguin population has declined by around 90% in the last century? These little birds have been having a tough time recently, with habit loss, food shortages, predation by seals and climate change being just some of the challenges our flightless friends face. Here are 5 ways you can help an African Penguin today: 1) Pick up litter and fishing line you find near the beach, penguins become entangled in line and swallow bits of plastic which may end up being lethal. 2) Choose sustainably sourced seafood using the amazing SASSI list which helps you choose guilt free fish options, ensuring there's enough food for all to go around.3) Use less Plastic and Recycle. 4) Educare yourself on the threats that penguins and other marine animals face. 5) donate fish and old towels to penguin rehab centres or volunteer your time. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
After a few days off sea, our team was delighted to be out and about on the ocean again yesterday afternoon. Our trip launched at 1pm with a cool breeze blowing. After a couple of days of southerly wind, the water visibility was a little milky, but the wind was certainly doing something right as it brought in 2 giant Ocean Sunfish! The Sunfish is also known as a Mola Mola and is the largest fish bearing a bony skeleton as sharks have a skeleton made of cartilage. Sunfish can weight up to 1 ton and one of the strangest creatures the ocean has managed to conjure up. They look a little bit like a pizza with fins and live primarily on jellyfish in our waters. We spent some time admiring the Sunfish as they swam below us, occasionally exposing their top fins in an almost shark like appearance. This was our first Sunfish sightings in over 6 months so it was deeply exciting for all aboard. Next up, we enjoyed a scenic view along the coast of De Kelders. The name translates into the cellars in English which is an apt description of our extensive cave system that runs all the way to Die Plaat. Once we reached the beach, we changed our course and set our sights on a piece of Sea Bamboo. As we hauled it up, we found several stowaways hiding between the fronds. The first was a collection of beautiful juvenile Cape Rock Crabs who eventually grow to reach an astonishing size with bright colors of red and orange giving their presence away in the kelp forests. In their younger form, they are almost see through and blue. We had a quick look at them before returning them to the ocean where we hope they live to reach adult hood. We also found a limpet on the stipe of the kelp plant and spoke about the diverse uses of this incredible algae before moving into deeper waters. We scoured our bay in search of mega fauna, who seemed a little elusive, so we then set our sights on the historic Danger Point Lighthouse. We stopped in this area to take in the view and talk about abalone before moving towards our Cape Fur Seal rock over in Romansbaai. The seals were perfectly camouflaged against the rock as we approached but soon revealed their blubbery bodies as they hopped into the water on our arrival. Don’t miss out on our awesome eco season delights, enquire with us below:https://whaleviewing.co.za/online-bookings/Tel: +27 28 384 0556Cell: +27 82 926 7977 #ecotour #ecosafari #seasafari ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Join us for a lovely summer's day out at sea and stand a chance to see seals, seabirds and more! We've been really lucky on our last few tours, so book now for a chance to experience the Atlantic ocean at it's finest. https://whaleviewing.co.za/online-bookings/Tel: +27 28 384 0556Cell: +27 82 926 7977 #ecotour #ecosafari ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Today was another fantastic day out at sea with another large pod of Common Dolphins, a Brydes Whales, Cape Fur Seals, Some African Penguins ( who even showed off their little feets) and some gorgeous seabirds. Our trip began with us hugging the shore and taking a trip down memory lane as we cruised passe the caves of De Kelders. Once we had spoken about Klipgat cave and how early man survived here, we changed course and moved parallel to the white sandy beaches of Walker Bay. As we travelled, we spotted some smartly dressed flightless friends and decided we would go in for a closer look. To our absolute delight, we had 4 very relaxed African Penguins. Penguins are by their very nature adorable, but perhaps the most adorable part of these endangered seabirds are their little feet. Today was one of those very rare occasions where these beauties decided to treat us to the sight of their tootsies as they lay on their sides, completely content with us gawking at them.After this incredible penguin sighting, we moved into deeper water where we spotted a blow. Patience was the name of the game and after some waiting, we were treated to the wonderful sight of a Brydes Whale travelling through the bay! This rorqual gave us some amazing views, surfacing gently several times for us against the backdrop of the Hermanus mountains. As we watched the whale go about his day, some white water to the west caught our eyes. Given away by the terns above, we were elated to have yet another pod of Common Dolphins moving through our area. A true delight for all, we made our way towards the pod who quickly picked up on our presence. We spent the next while enjoying the splendor of hundreds of dolphins surfing, jumping, body slamming the water and just generally having a whale of a time. There were some teeny tiny calves in this pod, with a few still showing off their fetal folds from being tucked up nice and tight in mommy’s belly. Scroll through the photos below and you will find these images captioned. After watching them feed and socialize with a cavalry of Sandwich Terns above, we made our way back to Gansbaai harbour, stopping for some naughty Cape Fur Seals before docking. Don’t miss out on our awesome eco season delights, enquire with us below:https://whaleviewing.co.za/online-bookings/Tel: +27 28 384 0556Cell: +27 82 926 7977 #ecotour #ecosafari #seasafari ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
What a welcome into 2021!Today we had our first tour of the year and if it’s any indication of what’s to come, this year will be a good one! With an easterly wind, we set out eager to explore Walker Bay, working our way towards the caves. Our first stop was at the drip kelders, where we found a Cape Fur Seal feasting on an octopus. We watched in awe as this pinniped made quick work of the cephalopod, tearing pieces of tentacle off before devouring the rest in one last bite.After watching this incredible sight, we visited a few more caves before picking up a piece of Sea Bamboo, which is the common name for the most abundant kelp species in the area. We spoke of how kelp is used in fertilizer for farming and how it germinates using spores before heading into deeper water. From a distance, we saw a large patch of dark water which indicated that we had some schooling fish moving through the water column. We stopped to watch the fish and talk about bait balls, with this pause yielding the highlight of our trip. As we lay in the water, we spotted splashes ahead and were elated to see dolphins moving in! These were none other than the Common Dolphins, the beauty queens of the world of cetacean. We spent the next part of our tour completely taken by these incredible toothed whales as they circled the boat, socialized and feed in front of us. We watched as they surfaced and dived below with Sandwich Terns not far behind, hoping to take advantage of the dolphins handy work. After this memorable encounter, we made our way back to Gansbaai Harbour, stopping to hang out with some more playful Cape Fur Seals. We could not have asked for a better start to our year! Our next tour is at 10am Tomorrow. To join in n the fun, follow the link below. https://whaleviewing.co.za/online-bookings/Tel: +27 28 384 0556Cell: +27 82 926 7977 #ecotour #ecosafari #seasafari ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Our last to two tours out on the water were lovely, yielding several species of seabird, Cape Fur Seals and even some Brydes Whales on our last tour of the year. Our first tour on the 28th boasted a Storm Petrel, Cape Cormorants, Cape Fur Seals (including a deceased animal which had been scavenged on by some seabirds), a trip past the caves and a quick stop at Danger Point. The sunset trip brought in the whales, with us spending some time with a few Brydes Whales who were doing their best to feast on some fish in the area. In addtion to the Brydes Whales, we also saw our Cape Fur Seals as well as some Terns who were also in search of schooling fish. We have tours launching on Saturday and Sunday if you would like to begin your new year with an adventure!https://whaleviewing.co.za/online-bookings/Tel: +27 28 384 0556Cell: +27 82 926 7977 #ecotour #ecosafari #seasafari ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
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