May 15, 2023
Nestled along the picturesque Western Cape, Hermanus is one of the world’s most sought-after whale-watching destinations. This scenic town has become synonymous with whale watching, and […]
May 4, 2023
Are you a nature lover? Do you enjoy watching animals in their natural habitat? If yes, then whale watching is an activity that you should definitely […]
August 30, 2021
Winter has come to Walker Bay, and with the cold, so too comes the start of whale season 2019. With Southern Right Whale sightings rising over the last three years, and individual numbers rising drastically over the last year, this season is almost certain to deliver once again. The increase in these iconic cetaceans brings many benefits for the Overberg’s tourism industry, but why exactly are these whale numbers on the rise?
August 22, 2021
Close Encounters are when you are so close and you can look deep into the dark eye of a Southern Right Whales - Then you know you are close and experiencing something Special!
July 20, 2021
Whale Sightings Hermanus – The right kind of day! Whale Sightings Hermanus on yesterday’s tour – We encountered 9 Southern Right Whales, with others blowing in […]
June 3, 2021
We are elated to announce our first annual Walker Bay Whale Day Celebration in honour of the arrival of our migratory great whales. In association with […]
February 25, 2021
The low, bellowing call of a lone Southern Right Whale echoes through the waters of Walker Bay. He is one of the first arrivals, one of many Southern Rights returning from a summer spent feeding in the Antarctics, and who are now headed to the warmer waters of South Africa to mate. The first to arrive are the bulls, bright and early so as not to miss out when the females follow. And follow they will.
February 14, 2021
Today (25-Sept-2020) was an incredible day to be out and about in the bay. We had an eco extravaganza, spotting many different species. On today’s tours […]
February 14, 2021
Whale Watching Hermanus season is one of the most anticipated events in South Africa. As winter begins to creep in during June, Southern Right Whales will begin […]
June 2, 2019
A long fin cuts the surface as a dark blur moves silently beneath the waves. Suddenly a mass of black and white leaps from the water in a dazzling display of acrobatics, before landing with a splash and disappearing. This apex predator has the strength to take down a great white shark, but also the tenderness and intelligence to perform complex social interactions. Found in almost every ocean in the world yet seldom seen, beloved in popular culture and yet as dangerous as it is beautiful: this is the orca.
June 1, 2019
September has arrived, bringing changes all around the natural world. As the cold slowly descends upon the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern reaches of the globe are being warmed by Spring, and above all, Spring heralds new beginnings; new life. The animal kingdom is profoundly affected by this change of seasons, and the marine life of Walker Bay is no exception. For many animals, Spring means reproduction, and in this post we will take a look at what this means for some of the well-known species seen from The Ivanhoe.
May 31, 2019
The waves part and a spray of water is propelled high into the air with a soft roar, heralding the arrival of one of South Africa’s most famous and beloved visitors: The Southern Right Whale. Southern Right Whales inhabit the cold, Southernmost seas of the Southern Hemisphere in a population numbering around 10 000 individuals. Up to 18m in length and weighing in at up to a colossal 90 tonnes, these whales can be distinguished by their dark grey to black skin and white growths on their heads
May 30, 2019
Hello and welcome to the new blog section! I’m Jessica and I will be taking you through a series of educational and fun articles which will be designed to give you a deeper understanding of Walker Bay’s beautiful coast and the many creatures sheltered here, many of which you may be fortunate enough to come face to face with on The Ivanhoe.