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From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

4.7 / 5

23 reviews

From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
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From US$ 184.94 per person

Enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive from Cape Town as you explore the beautiful coastline on the way to Gansbaai. Your guide will provide commentary about the area en route. Later, head out on a 2-hour boat trip in search of southern right whales.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up is provided at any hotel or guest house within approximately 20 kilometers of Cape Town.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the coastline between Cape Town and Gansbaai
  • Enjoy a 2-hour whale-watching boat trip
  • Visit the Peregrine Farm Stall, and see the variety of fresh produce on offer
Full description
In just 20 minutes you’ll be out of Cape Town’s city center and traveling along the Overberg south coastal route to Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay, and Betty’s Bay. The route is picturesque and is an enjoyable way to set the mood for the full day ahead. Travel beneath Sir Lowry’s Pass and see the sheer cliff faces that drop into the Indian Ocean below. As you near Betty’s Bay, you’ll have views of unspoiled beaches stretching for miles. Stop to see the breeding ground of the African penguins at Stony Point or visit the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Continue the drive through Hermanus to the seaside town of Gansbaai. The magnificent cliffs of De Kelders and the unspoiled beach provide for perfect land-based whale watching. In Gansbaai, you’ll head out on a 2-hour whale-watching journey. The purpose-built boat and restrictions on the number of passengers make it possible to fully enjoy the experience of observing these creatures at play. Afterwards you’ll head back along the coast to Hermanus for a late lunch (not included in the tour price). There’s much to see and discover in Hermanus, including up-market shops and arts and crafts stalls. Head along the N2 to the Peregrine Farm Stall, the final stop on the tour. Experience old-fashioned values and quality produce straight from the farms.
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Qualified local guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • You will receive confirmation at the time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Be sure to bring warm clothing, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera/video camera, and binoculars
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 23 reviews

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We didn't see any whales on December 1st. That was a little disappointing. Only seals, cormorants and 1 penguin were shown. But our guide Charlton was great. He told us many things about the country and its people and chose two different routes to the ship. We could therefore see a lot of the country. Definitely full marks for Charlton!

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December 3, 2019

Picking up at the Aibnb was great and our guide Brad, who saw himself as Ambassador of South Africa. and vividly tore lots of backgrounds, so that even tips were given, the day was unforgettable despite partial rain. Especially when we suddenly saw the sunshine on November 12th. discovered another whale mum with a baby in front of Hermanns. A flock of dolphins and two seals accompanied us back a bit.

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November 13, 2019

Excellent organization, accompanied by a driver with great experience and much knowledge of the places we were going through and its history. It was a long journey to reach Hermanus and from there to the port of departure, but on the way we stopped in a small and quiet bay where penguins nest and live, it is also an impressive road and a great opportunity to travel through it. To finish the day, we saw a large group of dolphins and several whales of different sizes, a great show, it was wonderful.

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July 22, 2019

Product ID: 65291