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Looking for an Unrivaled Hermanus Whale Watching Experiance - Ivanhoe has a proven track record since 1996

Hermanus Whale Watching - Known world wide to be the best place for Southern Right Whale Viewing!

Hermanus Whale watching experience, HMV the 'Ivanhoe' there is no better choice.

Whale Watching Hermanus on a purpose built boat!

Hermanus Whale Watching on Ivanhoe

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Ivanhoe has an extensive track record dating back to 1996 and is one of the pioneer companies that helped establish the whale watching industry in South Africa.

Over the years, Ivanhoe have earned a reputation for providing an unparalleled whale watching experience in Hermanus.

Our custom-built whale watching boat departs from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai, which is a picturesque 35-minute drive from Hermanus and a 2-hour drive from Cape Town.

From Gansbaai, we set a course towards the world-renowned whale watching capital of Hermanus, passing by the stunning Cliffs of De Kelders on our right-hand side.

This particular region of Walker Bay has been scientifically proven to have the highest density of Southern Right Whales year after year, solidifying its reputation as the "True Gem" of boat-based whale watching in South Africa.

Whale Watching Hermanus

The whale watching season in Hermanus typically runs from June to December.

However, as these are wild animals, their migration schedule may change, causing them to arrive earlier or leave later than usual.

In such cases, we adjust our schedule accordingly to ensure the best possible viewing experience for our clients.

While each trip is unique, our whale watching journey usually lasts for approximately 2 hours.

With our experienced skipper and crew, who possess a wealth of knowledge about the area, we usually expect to spot not only whales, but also dolphins, seals, and a variety of coastal marine fish and birds.

Whale Season (June - December)

Trip Duration (2 Hours)

Trip Times (7am - 10am - 1pm - 3:30pm)

2024 Whale Watching Pricing

Adults - R 1750.00

Children Under 12 - R 875.00

Children Under 5 - Free

Private Charter - R 36500.00

2024 Whale & Shark Combo Pricing

Children 8-12 - R 2540.00

Adults - R 3850.00

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Hermanus Whale Watching a true bucket list experience not to be missed!

Tick this off your bucket list, join the pioneers of the boat based whale watching industry in South Africa