Water activity

Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

4.8 / 5

53 reviews

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Water activity

Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

From US$ 103.36 per person

Jump aboard for a spectacular 2-hour whale watching experience along the cliffs of De Kelders. Look for southern right whales and other marine life swimming around you, on board a boat that is never crowded.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Get up close to Southern Right Whales in their natural environment
  • Encounter the marine wildlife of the Western Cape
  • Cruise close to the cliffs of De Kelders
Full description
Launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders. Enter a nature reserve with the highest concentration of whales in South Africa. Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals and sharks. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, False killer whales and enchanting African penguins. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat ride
  • Professional guide
  • Please note that the listed price does not include a R5 parking fee (payable at check-in)
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Buitekant St, Gansbaai Harbour. When you enter the harbour's main gate - proceed down the road and look out for the local operator's office on the left hand side.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof camera

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please bring warm clothes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, your camera and/or video camera and binoculars
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 53 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
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Brilliant trip even though we were early in the season. Our Skipper and crew were helpful and friendly, and we had a thorough safety briefing. We sat ‘upstairs’ next to the Skipper, he was very knowledgeable, stopped the boat frequently to show us and explain about marine animals. We saw Sunfish, seals, jellyfish, treated to a spectacular display from a huge pod of dolphins and then finally, a wonderful sighting of a Bryde whale and her calf. Beautiful trip around the bay with great views of the beaches. I loved that the crew are so conscientious and that we stopped to pick up large plastic litter…

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March 30, 2023

Een heel fijne ervaring met een enthousiaste gids! We werden via whatsapp op de hoogte gehouden over de activiteit. Tijdens de activiteit kregen we heel wat info over de dieren en hun gedrag. De bemanning handelde met respect voor de dieren en bleef op een afstand. Eens de motor van de boot af stond, kwamen de dieren dichter, en konden we hen van op minder dan 1m waarnemen. Een prachtige ervaring! De gids gaf niet enkel informatie over de walvissen, maar ook over andere dieren die we konden spotten (zoals een feeding frenzy waarbij honderden vogels boven het wateroppervlak hingen, en de zeeleeuwen die hier en daar opdoken).

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March 30, 2023

Das Boot war sehr voll besetzt, Bewegungsfreiheit beim Fotografieren dadurch eingeschränkt. Eine gute Sicht auf die imposanten Tiere war eigentlich nur am Ende der Tour in einer Phase möglich, da waren die Tiere ganz nah am Boot, ansonsten aber keine bessere Sicht als vom Ufer aus an geeigneten Stellen.

March 30, 2023

Product ID: 65206