Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

Specialist Whale Guides. Fantastic Prices. Personalized Service.

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Ivanhoe Sea Safaris is regarded as one the leading boat-based whale watching companies in South Africa, we operate just a 2-hour drive from Cape Town near the whale capital of the world Hermanus and launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai. Here you find the true gem of South Africa’s whale watching off the cliff of De Kelders, as well as us the original pioneers of the industry in South Africa. We also boast one of the limited whale watching permits allocated countrywide. We specialize in Boat Based Whale Watching and we pride ourselves in offering a uniquely personalized service to all our clients. We operate in Area 6 of Walker Bay which is celebrated as the best location from which to view the magnificent Southern Right Whales. Our guests are looked after in lavish style by our fully qualified, proficient and registered whale guides whose only duty is to make your trip as memorable as possible. The safety of our guests is paramount and we have all-encompassing public liability insurance. WHALE WATCHING & SUNSET TRIPS
A Typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay while looking for whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, and seabirds. Apart from the Southern Right Whales, we are able to view Bryde’s Whales, Humpback Whales, and possibly even Great White Sharks. There are many Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Dolphins, Sunfish and plenty of coastal marine birds to been seen whilst out at sea.

Before each trip, a brief, informative talk is given on what animals to look out for and the route we will be taking. Each passenger is fitted with a reliable life jacket to ensure safety. On each trip, we drink a toast to “Our Whales” in iced water. We launch from the fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the Cliffs of De Kelders towards the Plaat beach.

We want our guest to have a fun yet educational experience. All trips have proficient marine guides on board to answer your questions and share their vast knowledge of the ocean and its creatures with you. Our objective is to adhere to responsible tourism guidelines and the emphasis of all our trips is on the conservation and welfare of these magnificent animals. We offer unique trips that give you the ability to observe some of the ocean’s biggest and enigmatic inhabitants in their natural surroundings.

THE TRIPS WE OFFER

In Whale Season
Whale Watching Trips – (June To December)
Our whale watching trips take place from June to December however, should the whales change their migration schedule (arrive early and leave later) we will adjust our schedule accordingly. Generally the trip last 2 hrs, but can be longer depending on how quickly we find the whales.

At the start of the season we launch twice daily at 10am and 1 pm, in main season (Aug-Sep-Oct) we put on an extra trip in the morning with a 7 am launch and then from September onwards an extra trip in the afternoon either 3:30 pm or if a good sunset is forecasted a trip at 5 pm. The 5 pm trip is truly a magnificent experience watching the whales bask in the shallow waters as well as experiencing a stunning Walker Bay sunset.

In Whale Season
Whale Watching Trips – (June To December)
Our whale watching trips take place from June to December however, should the whales change their migration schedule (arrive early and leave later) we will adjust our schedule accordingly. Generally the trip last 2 hrs, but can be longer depending on how quickly we find the whales.

At the start of the season we launch twice daily at 10 am and 1 pm, in the main season (Aug-Sep-Oct) we put on an extra trip in the morning with a 7 am launch and then from September onwards an extra trip in the afternoon either 3:30 pm or if a good sunset is forecasted a trip at 5 pm. The 5 pm trip is truly a magnificent experience watching the whales bask in the shallow waters as well as experiencing a stunning Walker Bay sunset.

BIG 5 SEA SAFARI – WALKER BAY
Join the Ivanhoe team for what will undoubtedly be a memorable 2hr Big 5 Sea Safari. Our goal is to target Walker Bays Big 5, Whales, Dolphin, Seals, Penguin, and Marine Birds.

We depart from the harbor of Gansbaai and cruise along the scenic route passing the cliffs of De Kelders and De Platt Beach. Observe the stunning coastline, contrasting white beaches with the blue skies and chameleon waters that stretch for miles from Gansbaai to Hermanus, we then set course and head out into the middle of the bay in search of our Big 5.

Bottlenose Dolphin is often seen on our trips and if we are lucky enough to encounter a school this is the time to grab the Zoom lens as Dolphins love to entertain and it’s a photographer’s paradise.
On our return to Gansbaai harbor, we pay more attention to Danger point, this is often where we find the resident Bryde’s whales of the area.

Bryde’s whales are hunters and feed on a wide variety of fish, mackerel is common to the waters as well as planktonic, crustaceans, and cephalopods.

Bryde’s whales have an upright, falcate dorsal fin that is up to 46.25 cm (18.21 in) in height, averages 34.4 cm (13.5 in) and is usually between 30 and 37.5 cm (11.8 and 14.8 in). It is often frayed or ragged along its rear margin and located about two-thirds of the way along the back.

On your journey our crew will educate you on all aspects of Marine life, with a qualifying Marine Biologist and a Skipper with over 15yrs experience there is a wealth of knowledge for you to tap. No trip is the same and we can never guarantee what you will see, we hope to spot our local Big 5, but there is also so much more Marine mammal and bird life on offer. It’s an avid photographers dream!

Finally, we must not forget the past, Danger Point is also famous as this is where the British iron paddle-wheel frigate HMS Birkenhead, weighing 1400 tons, was tragically lost. This stretch of water has earned its reputation by default, our Big 5 Sea Safari is dependent on the water conditions at danger point, if the water conditions for this area will not deliver a memorable experience your trip may be switch to our Walker Bay Big 5 Safari as we always strive to deliver an experience you will treasure for a lifetime, and we must respect this stretch of water.

BIG 5 SUNSET SEA SAFARI – CHEESE & WINE TRIP
** All the above with complimentary cheese and wine **
Admire the beautiful coastline, spot the local Oceans big 5 while you sit back and sample a selection of locally produced fine cheese and wine.

Enjoy sampling a platter of cheese produced by the Klein River cheese factory. The factory can be found nestled on the banks of the Klein River, surrounded by lush green hills and mountains. They use Jersey and Ayrshire milk collected from 2 neighboring farms to produce a selection of 13 types of cheese.
Taste a selection of wine from the Raka wine estate. The Raka brand was named after Piet Dreyer’s black fishing vessel. Piet’s first love has always been the sea. For some 36 years, he braved the storms and challenges of the coast, ever in search of the best catch. It is with the same passion that the Dreyer family now pursue the art of winemaking.

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