Whale Watching Cape Town Tour - Full Day – Launching from Gansbaai

Whale Watching Cape Town Tour

A Magnificent Marine Adventure

The ultimate marine adventure from Cape Town! Join us on a thrilling full-day excursion that promises not just whale watching but a kaleidoscope of experiences. From the picturesque coastal drive to close encounters with majestic whales, this tour is a blend of natural wonders, cultural delights, and gastronomic indulgence. Ivanhoe was awarded the "Certificate of Excellence" six years running (Pre-Covid), placing them in the prestigious award of "Hall of Fame" we now offer our boat trip encompassed by a full day tour.

Although there are a few Cape Town Whale Watching Operators, False Bay is not the easiest place to find whales and our Area 6 of Walker Bay is celebrated as the best location in the world to view the magnificent Southern Right Whales.

Our Whale Watching Full day Tour offers a 2hr 30min drive through the whale capital of the world Hermanus, to our launch site in the quaint fishing town of Gansbaai.

As well as Ivanhoe being the original pioneers of the boat based whale industry in South Africa, we also boast one of the limited whale watching permits allocated country wide.


  • 7am - Hotel Collection - Gordon's Bay - Coastal Drive
  • Harold Porter Botanical Gardens (1Hr) or
  • Stony Point - Penguin Colony
  • Ivanhoe Sea Safaris - 2Hr Boat Based Whale Watching
  • Hermanus - Lunch (Own Account)
  • Peregrine Farm-stall
  • Sir Lowry's Pass with 5pm Drop Off

Tour highlights may vary and be done in reverse order depending on the availability of your Boat Based Whale Watching trip.

Whale Watching Cape Town Tour - Points of interest

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris: Encounter with Giants

Board the vessel with anticipation as you set sail for an unforgettable whale watching expedition. Ivanhoe Sea Safaris offers a front-row seat to the mesmerizing marine spectacle. Keep your camera ready as Southern Right Whales breach and play in the azure waters, their sheer size leaving you in awe.

Hermanus: Gastronomic Delights

After a thrilling encounter with whales, replenish your energy with a delectable lunch in Hermanus. This charming coastal town offers an array of dining options, from seaside seafood restaurants to quaint cafes. Indulge in fresh seafood delicacies or savor gourmet delights amidst stunning ocean views.

Peregrine Farm-stall: Culinary Exploration

Make a pit stop at Peregrine Farm-stall, a culinary haven nestled amidst scenic orchards and vineyards. Browse through a tantalizing selection of local produce, artisanal goods, and freshly baked treats. Sample homemade pies, decadent pastries, and gourmet snacks to tantalize your taste buds.

Sir Lowry's Pass: Scenic Farewell

As the day draws to a close, traverse Sir Lowry's Pass for a final dose of panoramic vistas. Wind through mountainous terrain adorned with fynbos, with breathtaking views of False Bay and beyond. Reflect on the day's adventures as you descend towards Gansbaai for drop-off, cherishing memories that will last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What is the best time of year for whale watching in Cape Town?
The peak whale watching season in Cape Town typically spans from June to November, with August and September offering optimal viewing opportunities as Southern Right Whales migrate to the coastal waters.
2Are whale watching tours suitable for children?
Yes, most whale watching tours are family-friendly and suitable for children. However, it's recommended to check with the tour operator regarding age restrictions and safety regulations.
3What should I bring on a whale watching tour?
Essential items to bring on a whale watching tour include sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, comfortable clothing, a camera or binoculars, and motion sickness medication if needed. Don't forget to pack water and snacks for the journey.
4Can I guarantee whale sightings on the tour?
While whale sightings are common during the peak season, they are ultimately dependent on natural factors such as weather conditions and whale behavior. Tour operators strive to maximize sightings but cannot guarantee them.
5Is it safe to approach whales during the tour?
Tour operators adhere to strict guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety of both passengers and marine wildlife. Boats maintain a respectful distance from whales to minimize disturbance and comply with conservation standards.
6What happens if the weather is unfavorable on the day of the tour?
In the event of inclement weather or adverse sea conditions, whale watching tours may be postponed or rescheduled for safety reasons. It's advisable to check with the tour operator regarding their cancellation policy and alternative arrangements.

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Embark on an immersive journey into the marine realm with the Whale Watching Cape Town Full Day Tour. From breathtaking coastal landscapes to exhilarating whale encounters, this adventure promises a blend of excitement, wonder, and gastronomic delights. Book your tour today and discover the magic of Cape Town's marine wonders!

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