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From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

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33 reviews

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

From US$ 179.76 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.

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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

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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

4.8 /5

based on 33 reviews

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Wow! Wonderful day trip with a calm driver with a lot of knowledge. With 3 people in a luxury passenger car. On the way a coffee stop at a farmer's market on request. Then on the boat to see whales. And we saw them, it was already end of season but we saw 2 kinds of whales. Including two with calf. Then after Hermanus for a delicious lunch with a beautiful view. To be dropped off at the guesthouse in Cape Town via Betty's penguins and a beautiful photo stop, and a few more baboons. Incredibly worth it!

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November 15, 2022

Wonderful experience, our Guide Wyne was very punctual, kind and welcoming. He gave us all the information along the scenic route and introduced us to the local culture and history with his stories. We came to the beach to admire the penguin colony, we were alone in a National Geographic atmosphere, we crossed the coast, having lunch in a fascinating crocodile farm and then arriving at the sea excursion. The comfortable boat with up to 8 people. We were able to enjoy an exceptional and exciting day. We were able to see 6 whales including 3 in a group splashing and jumping out of the water, really exciting. The boat remains at a safe distance so as not to disturb the cetaceans but they are so huge that it seems to touch them. All the explanations provided on board were also comprehensive. Back to the hotel with a heart full of emotions for the wonderful day.Thank you, well deserved 5 stars!

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July 7, 2022

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

Product ID: 65291