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Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

4.8 / 5

34 reviews

Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

From US$ 106.73 per person

Jump aboard for a spectacular 2-hour whale watching experience along the cliffs of De Kelders. Look for southern right whales and other marine life swimming around you, on board a boat that is never crowded.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Get up close to Southern Right Whales in their natural environment
  • Encounter the marine wildlife of the Western Cape
  • Cruise close to the cliffs of De Kelders
Full description
Launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders. Enter a nature reserve with the highest concentration of whales in South Africa. Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals and sharks. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, False killer whales and enchanting African penguins. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat ride
  • Professional guide
  • Please note that the listed price does not include a R5 parking fee (payable at check-in)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Buitekant St, Gansbaai Harbour. When you enter the harbour's main gate - proceed down the road and look out for the local operator's office on the left hand side.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof camera

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please bring warm clothes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, your camera and/or video camera and binoculars
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

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Great excursion even without whales

Unfortunately, the tour could not take place on the day booked because there was a machine damage to the boat. The captain and the crew were super nice and tried very hard to keep all guests happy. The alternative appointment took place 3 days later. Unfortunately we didn't see any whales, unfortunately the time is over, but lots of seals. We loved the tour and would book it again anytime. Because we didn't see any whales, there was even a voucher for the next tour. We were really happy because we will definitely be back.

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December 9, 2017

immediately again.

Very animal-friendly tour with lots of information about the whales and their way of life and behavior. And the most important of course, there were a lot of whales to marvel at and if they allowed it, also very close to the boat, so that you could almost touch them. Gladly again at any time.

November 21, 2017

Expectation met

This sea safari was really great. We saw seals, penguins, dolphins and of course whales, which is not guaranteed to see anything at all on a safari as they are wild animals. The whales were so close to the boat that you could have touched them. The crew of the boat was very nice and friendly and was happy to answer questions about the animals. We can only recommend this safari.

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September 27, 2016

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