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Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

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Address: Hawe Street | Gansbaai Harbour, Gansbaai, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 28 384 0556
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay...

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 Brides 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.

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Wonderful Experience!

WoW! From friendly, professional staff, with their knowledge and passion, to the great service eats and drinks! We were informed that we might not see anything. So the informative... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Gordon's Bay, South Africa

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Gordon's Bay, South Africa
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017

WoW! From friendly, professional staff, with their knowledge and passion, to the great service eats and drinks! We were informed that we might not see anything. So the informative talks on the caves, sea bamboo and bridlife was enough. But then, to our surprise and amusement we saw seals, dolphin, penguins and whales! What a magnificent experience! Far and above... More 

Thank karinupstairs
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Recently out with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris, as U.K. Tourists we couldn't recommend this company highly enough, we were told we might not see anything this time of year which we didn't but the staff more than made up for that. Highly informative, great fun, we can only say go with no expectations & your bucket will come back overflowing. Our... More 

Thank loustch
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2017

As locals, we were amazed that we had so much still to learn about the beautiful area in which we live. The knowledgeable Staff from Ivanhoe Sea Safaris shared information ranging from, the sights, caves & coastline of De Kelders, to facts & figures about the Marine Big 5, their interaction with each other & causes of the Africans' penguins... More 

Thank WildatheartHermanus
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

I suspected that I had left it too late in the season, and I was also warned by the tour operator that there are unlikely to be whale sightings, but we decided to go anyway at a very much reduced price. We toured with 2 kids and the skippers were great at explaining about the area and marine life. We... More 

Thank SVW212
Namur, Belgium
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

it was a bad season for the whales when we went on the cruise. but the staff did all they could to take us to the best spot to see whales and sharks. and even if the season was almost over, we were able to see a baby shark, an adult shark and 2 whales. yes i was expecting to... More 

Thank nathgeagea
1 review
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We booked a Whale Trip with Ivanhoe, but due to circumstances beyond their control we were never able to go. They sent us an email letting us know that there weren't any whales in the area, and that they were closing the whale season early instead of disappointing their clients. They offered to still take us out for a very... More 

Thank Scarlett S
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

On our trip to Cape Town we choose Ivanhoe Sea Safari, because of their "whale-guarantee". In god faith that we would see some whales, we used 2 1/2 hour in a car from Cape Town to Ivanhoe Sea Safari (both ways). Unfortunately we did not see one single whale!. Because of their guarentee we were sure that Ivanhoe Sea Safaria... More 

2 Thank ChrisPeder
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We chosed Ivanhoe Sea Safaris because of their whale guarantee. In my world guarantee means that you get your money back if you do not get the product. We did not see any whales! When we got back from the trip we got a voucher for a new whale watching. We were going home the next day, and could not... More 

1 Thank Anne Cathrine P
Aarhus, Denmark
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We had a bad experience with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris, because the trip did not end as we were otherwise promised. We chosed this company because they promised warranty for whales. They failed to live up to our expectations as we did not get the money back, but just a new ticket. Therefore, I can not recommend this company when you... More 

Thank DanielAnders
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 October 2016

I had a very bad experience with Ivanhoe Sea Safari. We were on a mistrip and did not see anything at all. Our voucher from Ivanhoe says: "We shall do our very best to reschedule you on the next available trip, or offer a full refund." Despite that, they would only offer a reschedule after the trip and said that... More 

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