Water activity

Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

4.5 / 5

44 reviews

Activity provider: Ocean Odyssey

Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

Activity provider: Ocean Odyssey

From US$ 81.27 per person

Come join a close encounter whale watching, departing daily from Thesen Island. Sail through the Knysna Heads and out to sea in search of Humpback and Southern Right whales.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Afrikaans


  • See the the captivating and diverse natural landscape of the Knysna estuary
  • Sail through the rugged and iconic Knysna Heads, a pair of sandstone cliffs
  • Catch rare ocean sightings of huge Humpback and Southern Right whales
  • See marine life in the Indian Ocean - dolphins, seals, penguins, and more
Full description
Come get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean on this 2-hour whale watching tour! Your trip begins as your captain navigates you through the Knysna Estuary and then you'll head out towards the vast and beautiful Indian Ocean. Every year, both the southern right and humpback whales leave their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and migrate to mate and calve in the warmer waters of the Southern African coastline - this makes Knysna one of the best whale-watching destinations in the country. The tour will be narrated by an experienced skipper and guide who will share with you fascinating information about the lives of these whales. Your adventure will also be assisted by an experienced whale spotter who is in radio contact with all skippers, so you can be directed to any sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life as well - you may even spot a dolphin or a penguin or two!
  • Life jacket
  • Mineral water
  • Motion sickness tablets
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People prone to seasickness

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Meeting point

Meet at Ocean Odyssey Whale Watching at TH22 Long Street, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Food and drinks
  • Drones
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Baby carriages
  • Touching marine life
  • Swimming

Know before you go

  • All tours are always sea and weather conditions permitting. Only the skipper of the vessel can make a judgment call on these conditions which are determined on the day of the tour, and passengers will be contacted on the day if conditions are not ideal for the activity
  • Sightings are not guaranteed as this is wildlife in their natural environment
  • Minimum of 4 passengers required to proceed with the activity. If minimum pax is not reached we will notify you before the activity
  • Life jackets are compulsory
  • Seasickness is prone to those that experience motion sickness. We do recommend motion sickness tablets (only available at pharmacies) or bands for those individuals
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 44 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
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Well organized but unfortunately no whales were seen. This is how nature plays. But the skipper did his best and everything else was fine. As a small compensation we were able to watch dolphins and seals. In terms of price, however, one of the most expensive things we did in South Africa ...

November 9, 2019

November 21, 2022

Stefan and teams passion for what they do was very obvious. Professional and engaging and felt we were in good knowledgeable hands. Stayed out longer than scheduled to ensure we saw whales.

November 8, 2022

Product ID: 162900